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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Novel | [Bernie Su, Kate Rorick]

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Novel

There is a great deal that goes into making a video blog. Lizzie Bennet should know, having become a YouTube sensation over the course of her year-long video diary project. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries chronicled Lizzie’s life as a twenty-four-year-old grad student, struggling under a mountain of student loans and living at home with her two sisters - beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. What may have started as her grad student thesis grew into so much more, as the videos came to inform and reflect her life and that of her sisters.
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Publisher's Summary

A modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice based on the Emmy Award-winning phenomenon, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

There is a great deal that goes into making a video blog. Lizzie Bennet should know, having become a YouTube sensation over the course of her year-long video diary project. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries chronicled Lizzie’s life as a 24-year-old grad student, struggling under a mountain of student loans and living at home with her two sisters - beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. What may have started as her grad student thesis grew into so much more, as the videos came to inform and reflect her life and that of her sisters. When rich, 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. Suddenly Lizzie - who always considered herself a fairly normal young woman - was a public figure. But not everything happened on-screen. Luckily for us, Lizzie kept a secret diary.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet provides more character introspection as only a book can, with revelatory details about the Bennet household, including Lizzie’s special relationship with her father, untold stories from Netherfield, Lizzie’s thoughts and fears about life after grad school and becoming an instant web celebrity.

Written by Bernie Su, the series’ executive producer, co-creator, head writer, and director, along with Kate Rorick, the novelist, TV writer, and consulting producer on the series, the novel features a journal-entry format, complementing the existing web series, while including plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and new listeners alike. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet expands on the phenomenon that captivated a generation and reimagines the Pride and Prejudice story like it’s never been done before.

©2014 Bernie Su and Kate Rorick (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Samantha Schaffer 06-27-14
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    "A lovely addition to the LBD universe"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. Ashley Clements /is/ Lizzie and delivers an excellent performance here.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet?

    The Letter. THE LETTER.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet and why?

    Caroline gets a significant amount of depth added to her, which really rounded out her character.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook, offers a ton of new character insight and plenty of Dizzie feels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bridget 06-25-14
    Bridget 06-25-14
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    "Must Read for Lizzie Bennet fans."
    What does Ashley Clements bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is definitely worth while to listen to Ashley Clements because it makes it that much more real to hearing the in-depth story of Lizzie's life throughout her video diaries. Being based off of a video series, hearing the voice of the character brought a whole other dimension to the book, almost like watching new content. I cannot imagine if they would have chosen anyone other than Ashley to narrate the story. Ashley Clements did a great job at impersonating the many characters in the diaries. She is fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    If you think it's just the videos in book form, you'd be surprised. It retells the story while putting a fresh spin on it with different insights to what did happen off screen. The book managed to keep the essence of all of the characters and the story itself. It is really unique to have a book based on a video series and not the other way around, and the writing and narration made it come to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 07-07-14
    Michelle 07-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "My new favorite Pride & Prejudice"

    I am a late comer to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I didn't realize it was a youtube series until I we recommended this book by Audible. It's true to the "original" Austen story, but there was enough originality that I was vested in the characters and truly interested in what happened to the Bennet sisters.

    I really liked the narrator (whom I now know was the actress in the web series)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Seekchange San Rafael, CA 06-26-14
    Seekchange San Rafael, CA 06-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A truly intelligent modern Elizabeth Bennet"

    This is a version of Pride and Prejudice that I love. Of the modern interpretations I have seen or read, I find this one to be truest to Jane Austen. This Elizabeth Bennet is bright, funny and a feminist. It is narrated by the actress who played Lizzie in the original series, which won an Emmy Award! She sounds intelligent, and at appropriate times, very funny. I can't enjoy an audiobook if I don't love the voice of the narrator, and I love Ashley Clements' voice. I hope she narrates more books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Ordaz 03-18-15
    Amy Ordaz 03-18-15
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    "A story with a twist"

    Thought the story was a decent modern version of Pride and Prejudice. I thought the voice was a little stiff for Darcy. No one really talks like that. The story kept me interested with a bit of a twist on each character storyline.

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    Judy Southold, NY, USA 11-23-14
    Judy Southold, NY, USA 11-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "This Proves It-Jane Austen is Timeless"

    As much as I love the historical period romances, especially those that were actually written in the period, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries are a wonderful modern day adaptation on this fabulous story. The author updated the characters and placed them seamlessly in the 21st Century to tell the Pride and Prejudice story in a contemporary setting that completely works.

    From the ditzy Mrs. Bennet to the supercilious Mr. Collins, and even Catherine DeBerg and Lydia and Mr. Wickham, the modern-day characters are completey faithful to their 19th Century originals, and like the original Jane Austen work, I was actually bereft when the story ended--what would I do without the total immersion in this delightful tale?

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    Summer Yarbrough 09-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but not what I was hoping"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is definitely worth it if you are going to take time to watch the youtube videos as you read the book. It is definitely a companion novel to the videos. While some things that are not revealed in the videos are discussed in the book and there is added detail to things that were discussed in the videos - I was still expecting more - more of the time between videos to be filled in. But it is still a good story and Ashley Clements does a great job.


    What about Ashley Clements’s performance did you like?

    Ashley did a great job at narrating the story as Lizzie would should she re-read her diary and she performed all the various characters very well.


    Was The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet worth the listening time?

    Yes, I'm a big fan of the show so it was still worth it to listen to.


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    Kaye 08-24-14
    Kaye 08-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "It is a truth universally acknowledged..."

    Read from July 01 to 06, 2014

    Loved this novelization of the webseries ("The Lizzie Bennet Diaries") as much as I hoped and then some! I love getting the "behind the scenes" scenes---Lizzie with her parents, more of Dizzie and Jing, and more of Lizzie's thoughts, reactions, and insights on everything that happened, but, most especially, her relationship with Lydia.

    And, of course, it was wonderful to hear it all in the voice of Ashley Clements, Lizzie Bennet herself. She did a pretty good job of imitating all of her costars from the series in the major roles. And, of course, her reprisal of the voices of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet.

    It was also fascinating to get more information about Lizzie's "independent study" projects that she mentions from time to time in the webseries and to "see" more of Dr. Gardiner (and to read/listen between the lines to know that Dr. G was probably also playing matchmaker right along with Gigi).

    Excellent, excellent way to round out this modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice. Now I want to rewatch the series!

    IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE WEBSERIES--do that first! You'll enjoy the book even more afterward.

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    fairyfaum 08-21-14
    fairyfaum 08-21-14
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    "For fanatics"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet to be better than the print version?

    I couldn't say since I don't have the print version, but Ashley Clements does make it worth it to buy the audio book. I loved her way to render the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved how Ashley interpreted Lydia. I mean each characters were really distinguishable.


    Any additional comments?

    Well, while the story is in someway repetitive (if you watched the videos) it still adds some back story that we didn't know about. It's really fun to pull apart the elements of the book. Some coming from the adaption and some coming from the original work.

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    Amazon Customer 07-19-14
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    "Great Lizzie Bennet"
    Where does The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I pretty much signed up for Audible for this book. I wanted to listen to Ashley read along the book and make the webseries experience even better. Basically, having Ashley read this is like an extended episode of Lizzie Bennet Diaires


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ashley's voice portrayal of everyone was great, especially Jane's and Gigi's. It legit sounded like Laura and Allison's. My only con was her voice for Charlotte. She definitely got the tone of Julia down, it just stayed monotone and kind of makes it hard to decipher the emotion Charlotte was feeling.


    Have you listened to any of Ashley Clements’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Has Ashley read other books before? Cause I definitely will listen to them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I pretty much did. This is one of my all time favorite portrayals of Pride and Prejudice so I was pretty excited for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's best to have watched the videos beforehand, because this book is pretty much a companion piece to the show. A lot of the entries in this book reference what happens in the video and a lot of the time, they don't say what happens, at least not in detail. So having knowledge of what happened in the video will make it less confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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