It’s Friday again so that means that here on whYAnot it’s time for another watch and review for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!
This week I’m discussion episodes 31 to 40 along with two Q&A videos and a few Lydia Bennet videos.
NOTE: The links below in the episode titles will take you to the video for the episode on the Lizzie Bennet Diaries website so you can watch and join the fun.
Lizzie is still at Netherfield and missing Charlotte but she has found a new friend in Bing’s sister, Caroline. Convertible Carpool shows the two new BFFs bonding over a mutual dislike of William Darcy.
Lydia – upon not being murdered by the lodger she rented the attic to – is back with another vlog of her own. Peer Pressure is yet another thing that Lydia uses to her own advantage. Not sure what Cousin Mary does for fun, Lydia introduces her three rules: Alcohol, pretend mean girls don’t exist and…. more alcohol!
Whilst Lizzie is waxing poetical over her blossoming friendship with Caroline, Turn About The Room has them recalling a Darcy interaction with with some disdain Lizzie even speculates that his family crest may be “Vanity and Pride”.
Babysitting shows viewers just why the shouldn’t entrust their kids (or valuables) to Miss Lydia Bennet. And then it’s time for another Q&A with Lizzie for Episode QA3: Lizzie Answers Questions. This special video shows us a bit more of the Lizzie/Caroline dynamic as well as answering super important questions about Jane’s job, Kitty’s origins and just where in the world Lizzie would live given the option.
Nope! He Doesn’t Like Me – Lizzie is still somewhat fixated on William Darcy and his opinions of her. Jane stops by and the sisterly bonding between Lizzie and Jane is fantastic to watch! This has been possibly one of my favourite episodes for a Darcy/Lizzie roleplay – Lizzie playing herself and Jane as Mr Darcy uttering the line “Hate You? I would never dare hate you.” Awwww…
Kitty Bennet is shown off in the sixth instalment of Lydia’s video diaries. Cat videos on YouTube? Say it isn’t so!
After an entire month of being Bing’s guests at Netherfield, Lizzie is starting to feel like a fifth wheel in Lizzie Come Home. Unsure how Bing can be so nice and his sister so accommodating, the Darcy factor is making life in the mansion more unbearable by the day. Upon finding out the Bennet house has been approved by the building contractor a week ago Lizzie looks fit to murder someone…
Lydia is finally ready to be Going Home! But before she leaves her aunt and uncle’s house, she manages to find some common ground with her cousin, Mary. It seems that Mrs B might not be the only matchmaker in the family.
Home Sweet Home. Lizzie is back in her bedroom and nerve center of her video diaries! Reunited with Charlotte (and Lydia too), Lizzie is back to her normal self, imitating her mother and arguing with Jane about Darcy. After a month away summer is almost over and classes about to start up again – Charlotte suggests Lizzie talk to Mr. Ricky Collins about business prospects.
In this episode, Mr. Collins Returns. Mrs Bennet keeps inviting him over to dinner and it’s driving Lizzie insane. His name-dropping and the fact that he never seems to take a moment away from talking business is just a bit too much to Lizzie… not to mention he also has discovered her online diaries….
When her little sister and new nemisis invade her private sanctum – Lizzie storms out (Lydia vs. Mr. Collins). But that doesn’t mean no diary entry for today – on the contrary. This leads us to one of the funniest episodes to date. Lydia and Mr. Collins taking a page out of Lizzie’s book and roleplaying some very important interactions.
Remember George Wickham from episode 18: 25 douchbags and a Gentleman? Well it seems like Miss Lizzie has a crush in Tale of Two Gents. Lydia is outraged at Lizzie, (“You even flirt lamely!”) but it seems the middle Bennet sister has got her text on with the swim coach and is gushing. With the help of Jane, Lizzie outlines the differences between Wickham and the not so dashing Mr Collins.
The Insistent Proposal has Lizzie regretting her eagerness to return to the Bennet household. It’s been two weeks since leaving Bing’s mansion and already Lizzie is missing the peace and quiet of her Mrs Bennet free days. It seems Lizzie’s mother is pushing the stalky annoying talkative Evil Santa” at Lizzie. There’s a proposal of sorts and Lizzie is out of words.
Never one to miss an opportunity to impersonate her mother, Lizzie shares the Proposal Fallout with all her viewers. It seems the two lovely Bennet ladies are at odds following Mr. Collins’ offer. But it’s not all bad news – Jane has something to celebrate! A one week carpool anniversary for her and Bing!
In the fourth Q&A video they finally address the issue of Mr Bing Lee vs. Bing Lee Electronics! And of course.. other super important issues as well.
I love watching these videos! I mean there’s a reason why I’m limiting myself to only ten episodes a week. I think I’d probably be able to watch the entire series in a day… but nothing else would get done!
I think it’s amazing that despite being well acquainted with the Austen novel, I still find myself being excited and anxious as to how things are going to play out for the characters. Lizzie and Darcy with the added complication of Wickham. And then there’s Mr Collins and all the controversy he brings. I’m excited for the evolution of Jane and Bing’s relationship and thrilled to see just who will pop in next in future episodes.
Let me know what you think about this series! Comments are always welcome and appreciated.