The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

By Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

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 century novel were cleverly and humorously done. Kitty is Lydia’s cat; Mary is a goth-emo accountant major and cousin; Mr. Collins is a tech startup C.E.O and Catherine de Bourgh is a venture capitalist. Instead of our swim coach Wickham seducing our lovable party-girl Lydia, and promising to marry her,  he tricks her into making a sex-tape and then ransoms it for money. Every parallel with the original is fresh and funny. It actually does provide some insights into the dilemmas and conflicts in the beloved Austen novel that modern readers will enjoy.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

August 18, 2017

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