The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet sequel is not far off.
Update (January 22, 2015): The sequel will be called The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet, and has been moved to a Fall 2015 release date. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet author Kate Rorick is back for the sequel, but co-author Bernie Su is not. Rorick will instead be joined by Rachel Kiley, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries writer who was primarily responsible for Lydia’s storyline, especially in her spinoff series The Lydia Bennet!!.
Pemberley Digital has released the cover, featuring Lydia Bennet actress Mary Kate Wiles, and an early synopsis. The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet is available now for pre-order, however please note that the June 23, 2015 date listed on Amazon is reportedly inaccurate.
Interestingly Ashley Clements, who starred as Lizzie Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries web series, also narrated the audiobook for The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet novelization. There is no word yet as to whether Wiles will continue that trend for the sequel, although it would certainly make sense.
“Told in Lydia’s distinctive and endearing voice, The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet picks up right where The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet left off and follows the youngest Bennet as she navigates the joys and pitfalls of becoming an adult in the digital age. Featuring fresh twists, wonderful new characters, and scores of hilarious texts, doodles, and tweets, the new novel, written by Kate Rorick and Rachel Kiley, takes you behind the webcam and into the lives of your favorite sisters.”
Original story (July 17, 2014): The Lizzie Bennet Diaries showrunner and The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet author Bernie Su revealed in a Reddit AMA tonight that a second book was in development, and will be from the perspective of Lizzie’s younger sister Lydia. The sequel is currently set for a Summer 2015 release.
As Su said, “Second book will be a follow up. Currently scheduled for Summer 2015 and will be from Lydia’s perspective – and they say nothing gets revealed in AMA’s!”
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is the novelization of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, an Emmy-award winning web series adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The series was created by Su and Vlogbrother Hank Green. It starred Ashley Clements as Lizzie Bennet, Daniel Vincent Gordh as William Darcy, and Mary Kate Wiles as Lydia Bennet.
Wiles’ portrayal of Lydia turned the often disliked character into a fan favorite. Wiles featured not only in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but also helmed her own spinoff, The Lydia Bennet, alongside Briana Cuoco as Mary Bennet.
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is available now in stores. The book was co-authored by Su and Kate Rorick, who wrote for the web series. The audiobook is narrated by Ashley Clements.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries was recently picked up by Starz Digital Media to be repackaged for release on assorted platforms, including iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. The original videos are also available to be viewed on the YouTube channel where they were originally uploaded.