I have loved the novel Pride and Prejudice since I was around 12 and first got my hands on it. I’ve always been a fan of the classic story, and never really took to any of the adaptations that have been made. This changed when I stumbled upon the web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. At first I was skeptical of the adaptation, but I was soon hooked. This book is like a companion to the web series, but it can also be read as a stand-alone book.
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet follows the inner thoughts of Lizzie Bennet as she tries to forge a path for her life and get through her graduate studies. It has all the characters that are so well loved (or loathed) in the classic series and is full of ups and downs. Without giving anything away, the story is basically a modernized version of the classic Jane Austin novel.
I honestly loved the book. I was a bit worried it wouldn’t be as interesting since I had already seen the web series, but it added so much to the story. In the web series you only get tiny glimpses of what is going on in Lizzie Bennet’s life. This book fills all the holes and questions that the web series never touched on and it doesn’t feel like the show is just being re-hashed. I highly suggest reading this book if you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice or The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.