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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has been voted the BEST webseries ever by Hypable readers. To celebrate, Hypable speaks to stars Ashley Clements and Daniel Vincent Gordh.

We asked you to nominate, we asked you vote, and now we are happy to announce the winner of our Webseries Wednesday poll.

The winner is: ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’!

16,863 votes were cast by Hypable readers, and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries managed to take out an astonishing 30% with 4,984 votes. Marble Hornets took out second place, and Husbands came in third. Thank you to everyone who took the time to support their favourite webseries!

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a beautiful modern interpretation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The 100-episode webseries translates the memorable characters into the current day, with a few changes on the way. But this is a story that has benefited from the changes, which allowed the storytellers to expand the world in all kinds of directions.

We saw the increased presence of often ignored characters, such as Lydia Bennet and Gigi Darcy. The creative team allowed us to enter Lizzie’s world, through the various transmedia elements such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts, YouTube spin-offs, Q&A videos, and more. These elements allowed the audience to experience the story of Pride and Prejudice in a way never achieved before. The audience didn’t merely witness Lizzie’s story, they could actually experience it alongside her.

It was sad to see the story end, but of course in the world of web it is never really over. The episodes and transmedia accounts may not be updated anymore, but they still exist, ready for new fans to discover. In some ways, Lizzie and her friends live on in perpetuity, living their lives just around the corner from us and only just out of reach. But that’s okay, because when we miss them we can simply go back to the story, and fall right back into it again.

Webseries Wednesday interview:
Ashley Clements and Daniel Vincent Gordh

Hypable spoke to Lizzie Bennet Diaries stars Ashley Clements and Daniel Vincent Gordh, who sizzled together onscreen as Lizzie and Darcy. The pair spoke to us about their feelings of closure, their favourite moments working on the adaptation, and more. How do they view the series in hindsight?

Several months following the finale, do you feel a sense of closure about the series?

Ashley Clements: In some ways, yes. I feel closure as an actor, that my time playing Lizzie is over. I’ve adjusted to Mondays and Thursdays being like any other day. But in many ways, the show lives on. I’m still doing panels and interviews (like this one) about the show. I see cast/crew from The LBD socially quite frequently, and we’ll all be together at LeakyCon next month.

There’s still a lot of work to be done to make the DVD, and I still hear from people daily on twitter and tumblr that have just discovered The LBD. The show lives on with the fans, and will continue to do so, and that’s a pretty remarkable thing. I do think about Lizzie sometimes, though. She should be graduating from grad school around now, and then moving to San Francisco, soon. She has a lot of life ahead of her.

Daniel Vincent Gordh: You know it’s interesting – I do and I don’t. I feel very satisfied with how the show wrapped up – how the story ended and where our characters were left. And in that sense I feel closure. But I don’t feel the same sense of closure that one talks about after ending a relationship – where loose ends are finally tied, wounds mended, lessons learned. Partially because I don’t seek that kind of closure.

The story isn’t finished being told – both the story of what the show will mean in the scheme of the development of new media projects in the future, but also people are still discovering it now. That’s one great thing about having a show that is free for viewing on the internet. People will be discovering the show for a while, and experiencing the story for the first time.

Though the narrative piece of the show is technically over – the ripples created from it are still being felt – I really feel there’s more to the larger story of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries that is yet to be revealed.

More on page 2: Ashley Clements and Daniel Vincent Gordh reflect on their ‘Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ experience

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  • http://twitter.com/aVecesSoyPau Paula B.

    I’m so glad this was the result of the poll! Like I mentioned in other ocasions, Hypable was the reason I knew about The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I check the website daily and nearing its finale, there was much talk about this webseries and I decided to check it out the day the last episode aired.
    Needless to say, I marathoned through it, enjoyed it, LOVE IT. Thanks to Hypable!

    • http://www.facebook.com/cassidy.howell.98 Cassidy Howell

      same exact thing happened to me!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329780453 Hazel Morera

      yessss, exactly the way it happened to me, too!! If it hadn’t been for Hypable I never would have found out about this gem of a web series!

    • ane_drew

      Same here. :D Hypable brought TLBD to my attention. I’m really glad I got into it before it ended. Better late than never, right? :)

  • Samma

    Yay I’m so happy! This is such a well done show I’m glad it won :)

  • Lucy Hopko

    I think that part of the reason LBD won is because it is so innovative.. It is a show told through vlogs and as far as I know this is one the first shows to ever be so in depth with viewers

    • ark

      Google Marble Hornets or EverymanHybrid or any other “Slender Man series” and you’ll see that LBD not the first show to ever be so indepth with viewers.

  • Ellie

    I love these two so much. They’re just such smart, awesome people.

  • Phoebe

    I love this show so much! Definatly a deserving winner!

  • AER

    I would love to see this show continue into the future – I am sure many readers would love to follow the continuing relationships (romantic and friendly) between the characters. I know I would! More D & E is always a plus in my book!

  • http://twitter.com/TheDallas Dallas

    Almost too verklempt to speak.
    All I can say right now is, “Yay!”

  • Lithp

    I knew nothing about this thing & walked away from this article still knowing very little. I’m thinking it would be beneficial for future pieces in this column to say more about what the series is actually about, and what draws people to it. Like, okay, so it’s a “modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice, told through vlogs and Twitter.” Okay, sounds creative, but how does that work?

    • Nathan

      My thoughts exactly. It’s nice to get an interview, but it would be helpful if the column writer took some more time to explain just what the series is and how it works and its history.

      For example, I hope that when you do a feature on Marble Hornets you’ll take the time to explain what makes it special and unique, rather than just saying “MH was the first found-footage horror series to feature the Slender Man” or something overly simple like that.

    • pemberliegh

      That is a pretty accurate description. The main character starts a vlog as part of her masters program and so she vlogs about her life. Friends and family join her. There are some spin-off vlogs from other characters and, in between videos, they had a transmedia team tweeting as characters that that you know and that you had not yet met (but eventually do)… so they told the story mainly via youtube vlogging and twitter, but also utilizing several avenues of interactive media (like fb, instagram, pintrest, etc). They also interacted with the fans as the characters, so it was an immersive experience. Even Lizzie Bennet’s 10 Q&A videos answered actual questions from fans.

      You can easily access all of the videos and transmedia in order if you go to http://www.lizziebennet.com/story/ and it is well worth it. Never too late to jump on the LBD train!

      This production crew is doing a new mini-show while they ramp up to the next big production. It is called Sanditon (search Sanditon CA) and it starts on Monday (5/13/13). So if you want to find out what this is like while it is happening, you can! Tweets have already started as the main character (@gigidarcy) was prepping for and is now on the drive from San Francisco to the town of Sanditon…

    • Lucy Hopko

      I don’t see how that isn’t a good description? I mean it’s done- so you’d be watching retrospectively so there would not be as much as interaction.. Like there isn’t anything else to Lizzie Bennet Diaries but what is stated..

  • Flunky

    Are we going to see how the other webseries placed?

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