“Pride and Prejudice” turns 200 today, and it was an exciting weekend for viewers of derivative web series, “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.” Bernie Su, the show's creator, did an AMA (Ask me anything) Sunday on Reddit.
Of the various questions asked, people seemed highly interested in what the next project will be once the series reaches the end of the “Pride and Prejudice” story. Su answered, “It is definitely planned. I would be incredibly shocked if there wasn't one.” He also elaborated, “As for type, it's a pretty safe bet at this point it is something in the genre of Austen/Bronte.”
Su answered several questions about how the series will translate to DVD, sharing that a blooper reel is planned as one of the many special features. Fans also wanted to know if there was going to be anything special to celebrate today's special anniversary. Su said, “Nothing as 'special' as what you saw yesterday and what you'll see in the next couple weeks.”
Su was referring to the series “most ambitious transmedia event to date,” a very elaborate day-long event wherein Darcy and his sister, Gigi, gave Lizzie a tour of San Francisco, with Gigi Tweeting pics throughout the day Saturday. This is one great example of the kind of interactivity that won the series the IAWTV award for the web series with the “Best Interactive/Social Media Experience.”
“The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” is a modern retelling of “Pride and Prejudice” with Elizabeth Bennet as a grad student with a vlog. You can watch the series so far on YouTube and read a review of the series at The Geek Girl Project.