The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
By Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
If you haven’t had a chance to watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, then walk away for about 2 hrs, go watch it, then come back. And once you’ve come to your senses and done that, then you can pick up The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet. Not only for a wonderful story, but also for a continuation of the beloved web series adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Basically a book inspired the series which then inspired the book. Coolest thing ever!
Secret Diary fills in so many of the lovely gaps left by the web series because it comes directly from Lizzie Bennet’s perspective. Not only do you get to hear more about the most awkward dance ever, but you also get to read Darcy’s letter to Lizzie as well as transcripts from vital Darcy centric episodes.
What Ashley Clements brought to the role of Lizzie is captured in the tone of this book. At times it felt like I was watching another webisode. And that made it even more enjoyable!
So basically what I’m trying to say is that this book is delightful and I can’t wait to read Lydia’s forthcoming perspective novel. And see what else Pemberley Digital will come up with in the future.
If you bust through The LBD and this book then I suggest you start on Emma Approved and Frankenstein MD. Once you’re caught up with those, meet back here for more suggestions.
As usual, let me know what you think. Cause I wanna hear all about it! In the meantime, happy reading.
“Geekin’ around the Christmas tree!”
Day 6: Book Christmas Tree
Who says you have to have a conventional Christmas tree? This year try something off the beaten path and I’m not talking a bright pink plastic abomination. Think outside of the box. Got a lot of books (perhaps a slightly unnaturally large collection?) stack them tall and wrap some lights around them. Creating a very unique and particularly nerdy Christmas tree. Sorta like this one. (Top with something perfectly geeky such as dork rim glasses!)
All my favorites are represented in the tree. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Star Wars Expanded Universe, Ender’s Game, Narnia, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, history books, Robert Kennedy biographies, etc.
Day 20: Emma Woodhouse from Emma
I am a nerd for many, many things. Most of them obvious in the nerdiverse, like Star Wars and Buffy. But I am also a nerd for Jane Austen and this 1996 film adaptation is a particular favorite. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma Woodhouse and Jeremy Northam as the dashing Mr. Knightly.
I’m not quite sure how to explain this one. I just sort of parted my hair in the middle and started rolling large chunks into a bun on top of my head. I left one little piece out by my face to be curled into a ringlet and a big section for a ringlet on the side. Then I tied a big Jane Austen pink bow on the side with the ringlet.
I am a gigantic nerd for all things Jane Austen. Many women are. In a world in which romance is rapidly vanishing, the Austen novels offer up some of the most romantic stories available to humanity!
My two very favorite Austen men are Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice and Captain Wentworth from Persuasion. They are both men of strong character, who fall deeply in love with women of strong character and man, do they know to write a good letter!
When his hopes were dashed and charges laid against him, Mr. Darcy takes the chance to make sure his love knows the truth of circumstances. Writing a lengthy letter of explaination and entreaty. Sort of a last ditch effort to convince her of his very good character. (Spoiler alert: it ends up working!!)
Captain Wentworth’s heart was broken 8 years before he pens his letter to the very lady who broke it. After entering into her company again, bound and determined not to repeat the past, Wentworth realizes his struggles are in vain and that Anne will always be the only woman he could be happy marrying. “You pierce my soul…”
So, men of the world, take a lesson from two of the most romantic figures in literary history. Pick up a pen and write a letter. Be it one of declaration, explanation or of mere greeting. I’m telling you… it works!
Day 21 – Elizabeth Bennett
Today’s inspiration is Kiera Knightly’s Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. Incidentally, my second favorite Jane Austen novel. (The first is Persuasion.) I’m a huge nerd for all things Austen!
Start with some pearl pins.
Also, the curlier the hair the better. I slept with wet heir to ensure the curliest of hair. Then I tamed a few pieces around my face and my bangs with my Chi.
Lastly I added a braid straight over the front of my hair like a headband. Then added all the pearl pins.