Pride & Prejudice turns 200 today, and we think it’s looking pretty good for its age! Filled with Jane Austen’s razor-sharp wit and keen eye for the absurd, it remains as well-loved today as it ever was, spawning adaptations ranging from the stage to film … and now a webseries! There are even Jane Austen graphic novels and Jane Austen zombie mash-ups. Below are just a few of our favorites.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: In this webseries adaptation, Lizzie Bennet is a vlogging grad student, living with her sisters Jane and Lydia, her marriage-obsessed mother and mostly absent father. Told mostly in 4-6 minute episodes and accompanied by real-time character tweets and other social media activity, it has a huge fanbase and has been attracting lots of positive press. (Check out this article from The Guardian!) Start with the first episode:
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, by Seth Grahame-Smith: The first line of this clever mashup says it all: it is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Now doesn’t that make you want to read more?
Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World, by Claire Harman: a thoughtful look at Austen’s impact on the world, focusing more on Jane the author than on the biographical details covered so well in other sources.