The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet (Bernie Su and Kate Rorick)

>>>>  Nº 49 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book based on or turned into a television show <<<<


Based on the Emmy Award–winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight.

When rich and handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck‑up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets — and for Lizzie’s viewers. But not everything happens on‑screen. Lucky for us, Lizzie has a secret diary.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet takes readers deep inside Lizzie’s world and well beyond the confines of her camera—from the wedding where she first meets William Darcy to the local hangout of Carter’s bar, and much more. Lizzie’s private musings are filled with revealing details about the Bennet household, including her growing suspicions about her parents’ unstable financial situation, her sister’s budding relationship with Bing Lee, the perils of her unexpected fame, and her uncertainty over her future—and whom she wants to share it with. 

Featuring plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and new readers alike, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet expands on the web series phenomenon that captivated a generation and reimagines the Pride and Prejudice story like never before.

Have you seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries?

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Ok, so technically this is actually a Web Series and not a television show, but what the hell, it counts, right?! So here it is, a book based on a TV Show Web Series.

They are an absolute gem, a retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in vlog form. I only discovered them a couple a months ago – I know, talk about being late for the party – but I devoured them, they’re just that good. So, when I found out that the authors had published a book based on the web series I was anxious to get my hands on it!


The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet fills in the blanks in between the videos and we get to read about the events that Lizzie talks about in the videos, as well as a deeper description of everything (mainly her feelings).


I really enjoyed the book, though, much as the original Pride and Prejudice, the first part of the book is a slow read with not much action, but from the moment that Lizzie starts to shadow the companies and her interactions with Darcy become more frequent, the book develops much faster.


It’s funny and it reads just like Lizzie’s voice – I think I read the whole book listening to Ashley Clements in my head. She writes the way she talks! So, it was wonderful to “reconnect” with the series :-).


Oh, obviously, I also cried a little, specially in the last month or so – if you saw the series you know what happens then…


Rating: 4 Stars