Lizzie Bennet Diaries episode 77 is up!

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries was gone for a week, and they left off on a huge cliffhanger -- so I'm super excited that they're back. And ohmygod it's SO GOOD.


Not really commentary, but spoiler containing blogging below the fold.

I spend the whole video really loudly hoping that the weird/quirky/cool tour guide girl was going to turn out to be Gigi.  And she TOTALLY DID!  OMGSOEXCITED

(Sorry.  I'll calm down.  This blog isn't tumblr.)

So I went and checked out Gigi's twitter, where I discovered this adorable conversation between her and Fitz:

(NOTE: I'm having problems with the tweet-embedding, so just in case I haven't been able to get it to work, here is a link to the conversation on Twitter.)

(NOTE 2: I never got it to work.  So I guess you have to click the link if you want to see that conversation.  Sorry...)

I'm so happy that Gigi likes Lizzie!  This is such a good series I can't even begin to express how into this I am.  (I really need to read the book soon.  I think I will search through my personal library today to see if I have a copy kicking around.)

Signal boost: Lydia Bennet: Problematic to Practically Perfect...

One of my favorite shows on the internet right now is the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, "An online modernized adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice."  My favorite character is totally Lizzie, but pretty much everyone in the series is brilliantly fleshed out -- and, thbrogan writes on the tumblr, the youngest Bennet, Lydia, is an extraordinarily well-constructed character.

Lydia Bennet is the youngest of three sisters. She is the “problematic” to Jane’s “practically perfect in every way.” The world sees Lydia as it wants to see her - as a slutty wild child with no brain and no future - when at her core, she is just lost and confused. Where do people’s opinions of her end, and where does she begin?

I love this post, and it really highlights for me why I love the LBD.  No one in the story universe is a side-character to someone else's narrative.  Everyone's story is about themselves, Lizzie and Lydia just happen to be the ones who do the most taping and putting on the internet.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: OMG.

Pretty much this whole post is going to be below the fold, because it features spoilers of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries.  As a consolation, here's a link to a playlist of the first 10 episodes.

 And here's the new episode, in which SPOILER BELOW

Are you ready?  Okay.  In which we finally see Darcy.

Who, by the way, looked ridiculously familiar, and I couldn't figure out why.  At first, I thought he was the guy from the Put This On videos, being similarly round-faced and well-dressed.

Not quite, though.  I briefly entertained the possibility that it was Michael Swaim, but (though I couldn't totally remember what he looked like) I knew the voice was way off.

So, I checked the video credits on the Lizzie Bennet Diaries page. (I should probably have thought of that sooner.)  It turns out it's Daniel Vincent Gordh, and I was on the right track with Michael Swaim, because I know him from his Cracked videos, in which he looks substantially more ridiculous.

Changing topics now,

I don't know how I feel about Lizzie's and Darcy's on-screen chemistry.  They both seem incredibly stodgy and awkward, but I kind of feel like they're supposed to?  I don't know.  On the one hand, I feel strongly like there's something wrong with the way they're acting on screen.  On the other, I feel like it might just be that I've been spoiled by decades of smooth likable leading men, or a very particular kind of awkward, that makes it difficult to accept other kinds of performances.

Also: Darcy is in the thumbnail for the next video!  I can't wait.  I can't wait so much.