Thursday, March 28, 2013

They say five things make a post.

I've just finished watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Hank Green and Bernie Su's online modernized adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It's pretty awesome (you should check it out), but I don't have much to say about it. Except:

1) This is another example of how to modernize something without the modernization being the whole story. (I'm looking at you, Moffat.)

2) That was unfair to Moffat. I have lots of issues with Sherlock, and excessive cleverness is one of them, but it's definitely unfair to say that the modernization is the whole story.

3) Feminism rocks.

4) There's something way more watchable about LBD than, say, The Guild. That might be personal to me (and might have more to do with the content than the presentation), but I'm not sure. Web television is in its infancy, and I think that we'll find that it is entirely different in structure than traditional television. While it's growing, it doesn't surprise me that it's more digestible when it's presented as a found story--that is, when it's made up of a series of fake vlogs and Twitter accounts, as opposed to the way television is normally presented, as an artificial camera-eye view on events. I'm reminded of a story I once heard (I'm not sure if it's a true story) that when novels were a very very young storytelling form, they were almost always written as if they were diaries or historical recollections, because readers weren't quite willing to accept the artifice of an authorial voice.

5) Every time I watch an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, I am struck by the conviction that as soon as Lizzie and Darcy get together, Darcy will just stop talking completely and let Lizzie speak for him. And they'll both be happier for it.