If you loved The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, here are four more book-to-web series adaptations that you need to watch.
The success of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries burst open opportunities for book-to-film adaptations on the web. Suddenly those stories that were in the public domain looked a lot more appealing, and other creators were inspired to take their creativity online.
Of course, the creators of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries have already given fans Welcome to Sanditon, and have just kicked off their third series in Emma Approved.
If you loved the modernisation of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries or are falling for Emma Approved as this new story plays out, here are 4 more web series that may be for you. All offer something new, none are the same. Some are unfinished, and some have not yet started. But they all cleverly take their inspiration from literature, and we can’t say no to that.
If you love ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’
Inspired by ‘The Raven’: A Tell Tale Vlog
This series shows us Edgar Allen Poe as a vlogger, and is inspired by Poe’s famous poem, The Raven. A Tell Tale Vlog describes itself as a “mini-webseries”, and shows Poe attempting to write poetry, while a sassy ghost haunts his study and offers her own commentary.
Watch it because: It is actually hilarious. Edgar Allen Poe might not seem like the best comedy material, but the show has puns, literary jokes, the world’s most entertaining ghost, and a ventriloquist raven. This series is a real gem, so don’t miss out on it.
Inspired by ‘Jane Eyre’: The Autobiography Of Jane Eyre
Possibly the most common in style to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, this Jane Eyre modernisation began in February this year. In the series, Jane pulls a New Girl and find a job (rather than a house) on Craigslist. This series also incorporates several transmedia elements, including Jane’s Tumblr and Twitter.
Watch it because: Those who have read Jane Eyre know that it would be a difficult story to modernise, and poses several unique challenges. Still, somehow this team have done it, and done it well.. Jane is a self-aware, Tumblr-using, Harry Potter-reading student who is looking for a change.
Inspired by ‘Sense and Sensibility’: The Dashwood Diaries
Warning: This is an unfinished web series. One of the joys of the success of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has fans of the show giving this web series thing a go themselves, and this is one of the best examples of that.
Watch it because: This web series is very much a do-it-yourself effort, and is heavily inspired by The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. But it’s entertaining, the relationship between the sisters is fun, and we love seeing the dual protagonists. We wish this pair had continued with the show.
Inspired by ‘Hamlet’: Hashtag Hamlet
Okay, so this one hasn’t started yet. But we are keeping a very close eye on the developments with this series, for very good reason.
Hashtag Hamlet is being developed by The Lizzie Bennet Diaries transmedia producer Jay Bushman. Hashtag Hamlet was selected for the Sundance Institute Story Lab. The series will modernise Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a “political thriller for the social media age”, and with Bushman on board we can certainly expect a creative use of multiple platforms.
Watch it because: Bushman will be joined by The Lizzie Bennet Diaries trandmedia editor Alexandra Edwards, who together won an Emmy for their work. Plus, Hamlet on YouTube? We wonder if the mortality rate will change with the medium. This is one to keep an eye on, as it develops.