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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries)

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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
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Touchstone
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Kelleen Youtube first, or read concurrently. It takes about 20 hours to watch the entire series.
Here's one playlist including all the spin-offs:
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Youtube first, or read concurrently. It takes about 20 hours to watch the entire series.
Here's one playlist including all the spin-offs:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...(less)
Kelleen Probably. The book is a companion to the Youtube series and set up to fill in more of the events not mentioned in the series.

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Lola  Reviewer

Frankly, I’m pretty convinced that every single fan of the sweeping classic Pride and Prejudice should watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries videos, then read this companion novel… and vice versa, as you prefer it.

Pride and Prejudice is, as I very likely may have mentioned it before, my most loved classic, and my not having had the chance to peruse them all means absolutely nothing. This contemporary retelling did it justice on every aspect. Even the writing is formidable.

The relationships between cha
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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 the se
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Cait • A Page with a View
If you have any love for Pride & Prejudice you seriously need to read this book -- it's easily the best Jane Austen retelling I've ever found! There's SO much in this that wasn't in the show! It makes everything a million times better and expands on so, so much that it's just amazing.

In case you haven't seen the youtube series, it's about grad student Lizzie Bennet who vlogs about her life. She's from a middle class family struggling to make ends meet, so she and Jane live at home with their
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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!
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Me, upon being reunited with Lizzie:
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I loved getting a more detailed look at Lizzie’s life and seeing things tha
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emma
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.

https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...

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 whe
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TL
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: re-reading, favorites
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
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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 read it in their voices.

Highly recommended, if you couldn't tell already;-)hehe... have fun!

First read: July 3rd-6th, 2014
Re-read: September 2015 (before Lydia's book is out)
Re-read #3:
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Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austen fans looking for something lighthearted and fun!
4.5★

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 chapte
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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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BookLover
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
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Melanie
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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
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Tina
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Laura
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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Maria
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own-read
Cute and fluffy and exactly what I needed. <333
Kassandra
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
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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
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Gillian

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.

Basical
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Ashley
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 ad
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Stephanie
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
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❀angela
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, romance, 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
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Alex
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
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Cassandra
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wann immer es eine neue Verfilmung von ‚Stolz und Vorurteil‘ gibt, freue ich mich darauf diese wundervollen Charaktere in anderer Gestalt zu sehen. Natürlich musste ich dieses Buch sofort lesen und ich bin angenehm überrascht, über die witzige Umsetzung des Klassikers von Jane Austen in unsere Zeit. Ich werde jetzt nicht verraten, wie Lizzie, Darcy und Co. im 21. Jahrhundert leben und welche Berufe sie ausüben, dafür macht das selber entdecken viel zu viel Freude, die ich hier niemanden verderbe ...more
Jess
*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
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Ceri
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 J
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Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
If you are a fan of the web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, then you know exactly what this book is all about! If you haven’t heard of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries stop what you are doing right now and go look them up on YouTube (you can thank me later). This series is a wonderful modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and this book, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, follows along with it perfectly!

I am so very impressed with how it was written. I could hear the characters I had
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Sophia
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
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Rhi
Not really sure this works as a novel. The web series is fantastic and I sing its praises to anyone that will listen! But this just didn't work for me.

I think it had something to do with the style. It's supposed to be diary format, yet Lizzie seems to write her diary very traditionally narrative driven. It was confusing. Am I reading a diary? Or am I eating a traditional novel?

I also found her quite childish. She 24/5 living at home, not contributing anything to the household finances yet judgi
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Amber
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I adored the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and reading this book made me fall in love with the characters and the story yet again. I thought it was fantastic to get an even closer look into the lives of the Bennet sisters, the Lees and the Darcys.
It was fun, light and comedic, while also dealing with greater issues, relationships - both romantic and familial - and reveals a darker side to things that appear pleasant on the surface.
I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I swooned, and I enjoyed every second o
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Macklin
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this addition to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I liked seeing Lizzie bare all that she couldn't when the camera was on. her voice is still present and funny. I really enjoyed my return to this world and looking forward to pick up the Lydia's book.
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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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