The Persistence of Austen in the 21st Century: A Reception History of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
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MALS: Interdisciplinary Studies
In 2012, the first episode of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries aired online via YouTube.com, offering a modernized serial form of Jane Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice. With only word-of-mouth marketing, this series gained hundreds of thousands of views, a loyal following, and an Emmy award. In this paper, I will explore the reception history of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries by referencing its source material, analyzing its target demographics, and explaining its success.
Ramsburg, Laura Jane, "The Persistence of Austen in the 21st Century: A Reception History of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" (2014). Liberal Studies (MA) Final Essays, Hollins University. 6.