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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

(The Lizzie Bennet Diaries)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  9,484 ratings  ·  1,510 reviews
Based on the Emmy Award–winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Gallery Books
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Erika RS It is a modernized adaptation. It is worth reading even if you have read Pride and Prejudice although I think you should start with the YouTube series…moreIt is a modernized adaptation. It is worth reading even if you have read Pride and Prejudice although I think you should start with the YouTube series first. The book is like a behind the scenes look at the videos.(less)
Sofia Though you don't have to watch the episodes, I really recommend it because they are great and you get to see a lot of the characters' personalities. …moreThough you don't have to watch the episodes, I really recommend it because they are great and you get to see a lot of the characters' personalities. (less)

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Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit

This review contains mild spoilers for Pride & Prejudice and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries - if you haven't read or watched either, please look out. I'm writing this as someone who assumes that most of my readers at least know the events of Pride & Prejudice. Read on!

When I started reading The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm a huge fan of the webseries, and count myself to be among the many, many fangirls of
1. If you haven’t read Pride & Prejudice, what are you doing with your life?
2. If you have read Pride & Prejudice but you haven’t watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, what are you doing with your life?
3. If you have read Pride & Prejudice and watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, hurray! Now read this book.


God, I love P&P. I have a strange fascination with romance novels (and rom-coms, for that matter), because very frequently I feel nothing when I’m reading th
Alice in Readerland
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite things about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries was Lizzie’s voice. In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, we don’t get first person narration from Elizabeth, but we do in the webisodes. I thought Lizzie’s voice was opinionated, funny, and relateable right from the start, so when I heard that there was going to be a book out, I was really excited to hear more of Lizzie’s voice!

Me, upon being reunited with Lizzie:

I loved getting a more detailed look at Lizzie’s life and seeing things t
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of miss Austen and alternate re-tellings
Recommended to TL by: Random rec off amazon I think
Shelves: favorites
4th re-read:
I would love more follow-ups with this cast/re-telling... Lydia's book was awesome but I want more!

Nothing more to say that I haven't said already:) Check this one out!

Thank you my book friends for making me smile and laugh during my funk *hugs for all*

Side note: extra fun if you read this and watch the videos that correspond with different parts. :-D

Once again, big smiles on my face reading this :) Even more fun now that I can picture the people playing them in my head and re
If you are a Pride and Prejudice fan, like modern re-tellings and haven't watched this web-series, check it out immediately on youtube or at pemberlydigital.com ... is all I'm saying.

In a way I was lucky because by the time I learned about it myself in 2014 the show was over so I could binge-watch all episodes. And boy, did I love them all.

The book offers some further insight to the videos and I loved it, though I expected some more extras concerning Lizzie's feelings / interactions with Darcy.
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austen fans looking for something lighthearted and fun!

I was expecting the book to be the You Tube clips https://www.youtube.com/user/LizzieBe... transcribed

I was pleasantly surprised.

It's more a behind the scenes look. & more like Pride and Prejudice than the You Tube diaries were.

Last year I read Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice which I found cynical, cold and full of deeply unlikeable characters. In contrast, the characters of this book have warmth, heart and the modernisation is believable. Normally I hate short chapters,
Kerri (Book Hoarder)

Absolutely fantastic! A must have for any Lizzie Bennet fan :) If you want more detail, more behind the scenes information, more insight into Lizzie's head, then this is the book for you.

The Secret Diary Of Lizzie Bennet takes you into the world of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, with her characteristic humour and snark and perspective on the world and the events that go on around her. You don't even necessarily need to watch the video series to love and enjoy this book because it follows that class
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4.5 stars

This is, hands down, the most pleasant surprise I've had this year. And by that I mean HOLY S**T I NEVER KNEW THIS BOOK EXISTED UNTIL I GOT IT IN THE MAIL *DIES*. If anyone doesn't know why I was so excited, SHAME ON YOU. This book, is basically the transcript/book version of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a webseries on YouTube that was created by Hank Green and Bernie Su (author of this book.) And there was no doubt that this would be anything but amaz
I’m a bit back and forth on this one in my mind. I love all things Jane Austen and while this wasn’t as good as the original, (obviously) I for the most part enjoyed it. The hard part in a “fan fiction” type adaption, much the same as a sequel telling the same story but from an alternating point of view, is the challenge to hold a reader’s interest. I mean, it’s not like there are going to be any significant surprises. I pretty much know what is going to happen.

In this book, I often found myself
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
The book is a very interesting and engrossing companion novel to the "Lizzie Bennet Diaries." However, it does not hold up as a separate novel, independent of the web series (which the author purports to be an aim of the novel in the author's note). The writing comes off bit lazy---especially when there are whole script pages co-opted to fill in as scenes in the book. Often chapters start with odd, middle-of-the-scene beginnings because the real action is shown in the web series.
While I enjoyed
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I tried this one time before as well, maybe it's just not for me. Very YA.

Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In 2012, there was a vlog. Opening with that unforgettable line, "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife," it introduced the world to mass communications grad student Lizzie Bennet.

This book purports to be her diary from that same period, and it's fine, I guess.

1. The parts I wanted explored more (her relationship with Darcy; the ... entire Lydia thing; basically everything in the second half of the series when Lizzie
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't read this when it first came out because I was under the mistaken impression that it was a novelization of Lizzie's YouTube vlogs. I was completely wrong. This is a behind-the-scenes look at Lizzie's vlogs and her private thoughts on events. You get more of the Bennet parents and see what they're really like, get to meet Lizzie's advisor Mrs. Gardiner (nice allusion there) and of course experience the romance!!! I could NOT put this book down. The story sucked me in as much as the origi ...more
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
2 stars. How can I express my distaste for this book in full? Well, let's see, I bought it for basically nothing - I only had to pay for shipping, the book itself was free - and yet when I finished it, I wished I hadn't had wasted my money.

All the magic and humor The Lizzie Bennet Diaries brought to the Jane Austen table was flushed down the drain with this book and is instead replaced with over-the-top sarcasm, out-of-character-isms from everyone, and just lots of boringness. Plus, not
Elizabeth Mathis
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 Lyd
rachael ♡
“If I hadn’t hated Darcy once, I couldn’t love him so much now. And I do. I think I fell a long time ago, and only now am I allowed to feel it.”

This is so much fun for all fans of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube / Pride and Prejudice. I wouldn’t recommend reading it without watching the web series, as many of those events are referenced in passing here for context for Lizzie’s entries. It’s such a great supplement to the series, with bits and pieces of new plot lines thrown in between the
I’ll save you having to read this review: Just go watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube. I mean it. GO!

Okay, now when you’re done with that, come back and read this review. And then maybe get yourself a copy of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet and snuggle up in your reading chair for a couple of hours.

What this book is, basically, is an adaptation of a YouTube series, which is itself a modern day adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, told in interactive vlog-form (there are addit
This is the novelization of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I had heard about the You Tube Series from my flist on lj, but I had never given it a chance. (I'm a reader, not a viewer). I really enjoyed the book. I know that some of the fans who loved the series were disappointed in the book because it didn't break any new ground (especially about Darcy) - but I read it cold and thought it complete. Only then did I watch all 100 episodes on You Tube. *cough*I ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comfort-read
4.5 stars this time around. I've forgotten how much I loved that webseries. Time to refresh my memories. ...more

Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

Rating: SQUEEEE!

It's no small secret that the web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is my most favoritest adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, which is my most favoritest novel in the world. I am incapable of reviewing The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, both a novelization and an expansion of the web series, as someone who is not a lifelong Janeite and a fangirl who frequently says, "I thought you were Chinese" when people walk unexpectedly into the room.

Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Witty, clever, and very, very fun.

I wasn't sure, originally, whether there would be any point in reading a novelization of the webseries, since after all the series was based on a different book (one I've re-read SO many times) - but I was wrong. This is done so well, and it's so much more than a novelization of what happens in the webseries. It's actually a major expansion, with tons of other stuff going on behind the scenes, and it's made me start a new re-watch of the webseries with that ext
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, own, young-adult
I wasn't going to give this five stars but then Darcy says something to Lizzie near the very end that made me just *die*. It wasn't "I love you" or "marry me" or anything like that, but still those four words he said made me scream and melt and giddy. The same kind of feeling I felt when I watched them kiss on the web series after a year of anticipation. *swoon* I think I have problems...

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time and though I'm game for any adaptation of it, it's hard t
I have been waiting for reading this book for about a year. A year ago I watched the youtube clips and it was amazing. I was totally gripped. But, I was also afraid that the book would have bored me. That it would have been like reading what I watched on youtube. But it wasn't.

I can't tell how it would have been first read it then watch clips. But, considering that first were produced clips I recommend the same order.

So, what should I say? If you watched clips you will have fun reading this book
Trigger warnings: blackmail, slut shaming, abusive relationships.

As a stand alone book, this is probably a 3.5-4 star read. But as a tie-in to the web series? It's a solid 5 stars, every damn time. It adds so much depth to what we get to see on the screen. There's additional information, additional interactions, and getting to see a whole host of characters and locations that only appear in passing in the videos, like Lizzie's parents, Dr Gardiner, Catherine de Bourgh, Carter's Bar, and
Okay, so I admit I was a big fan of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and I love Pride and Prejudice and I was so excited to read this book, I really was - particularly because I had heard it was really good.

Sadly, I had issues with The Secret Diaries of Lizzie Bennet, I think Lizzie's personality didn't always translate well to the book format, she often came off a little wooden and, dare I say it, not quite likable. And I also felt like a lot of her 'personal' diary feel like a research log: informat
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I watched the innovative and fun YouTube serial and became addicted to each week's latest installment. I was tickled to discover this companion book to the on-line story of a modern grad student who shares her daily life in a series of short vlog installments on-line that pull in all the quirky people around her as well.

The authors did a great job providing new 'behind the scenes' style material and helping Lizzie and the crew come alive more than ever even while referencing some of the best mo
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Earlier tonight, Caroline asked me to take a turn about the room. She’s gotten this new fitness band that buzzes when she’s been sitting for too long.

If you are going to read this, read this using your Kindle app, rather than your Kindle. That way you can hit the included links, and go right to the YouTube episodes that this epistolary type novel accompanies. I did enjoy this modern take on Pride and Prejudice even with only bothering to look at a handful of the episodes. The updates to the 19th
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Touchstone and NetGalley*

This book is a companion to the YouTube series that follows the life of twenty-four-year-old Lizzie Bennet, a grad student, while living at home with her parents and two sisters Jane and Lydia. Lizzie makes videos about her life for her thesis and becomes a YouTube celebrity.

This book is the perfect companion to the videos - it gives us an insight into Lizzie's head and includes de
This review first appeared on Babblings of a Bookworm: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

Some time ago the Austenesque world was abuzz with something new – a series of YouTube videos telling an updated version of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. I was sceptical, but I started on episode 1 and had a marathon watch-a-thon until I’d caught up. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (or LBD, as many people shorted it to) moved the Bennets to modern-day California. The family consists of lovely sweet Jane,
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Bernie Su is the Emmy Award-winning executive producer, co-creator, head writer, and director of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries for which he received a Streamy Award for Best Writing, Comedy and Best Interactive Program. Su is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, and lives in Los Angeles.

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