The Lizzie Bennet Diariesis coming up on its fifth anniversary, and the Emmy-winning web series is celebrating in a very cool way: by re-releasing all of its episodes and social media content in real time via Facebook.
The Lizzie Bennet Diariesco-creator/showrunner Bernie Su made the Lizzie Bennet Diaries 5announcement at this past weekend’s NerdCon: Nerdfighteria in Boston, telling fans that Pemberley Digital will be releasing two episodes a week (just like it did during its initial run) starting in April.— LizzieBennetDiaries (@TheLBDofficial) February 26, 2017
Why re-release The Lizzie Bennet Diaries?
Su went into details about why he and the other Lizzie Bennet Diariescreators wanted to re-release the series, and specifically on Facebook, saying:
Why are we doing it? We’re exposing it to a new audience … We want people to experience it at least sort of like it was when we first did it.
Lizzie Bennet Diaries 5is for the people who weren’t around for the initial run from April 9th, 2012 to March 28th, 2013, as well as for the people who might not be social media savvy to figure out how to experience the transmedia web experience. After all, The Lizzie Bennet Diariesstory spans five YouTube channels and across multiple social media platforms, including Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Pinterest.
The original Lizzie Bennet Diariesaudience was not only 90 percent female-identifying, but broke down specifically to 70 percent women and girls under the age of 25. Su elaborated:
There’s a group called the Jane Austen Society of America, and I’ve spoken at a few of their events, and those of you who’ve been to those events know that those events skew a little older. They’re definitely over 25, and a lot of them aren’t social media savvy. And what I am trying to do with this is I’m trying to give them the opportunity to jump in, to say, ‘Hey, Jane Austen superfans who missed the opportunity to watch it the first time, I’m going to try to give you a very simple way to do it to see it again.’
Su also spoke about how The Lizzie Bennet Diaries 5will restore content that is no longer available due to the evolution of the internet and the rise and fall of certain platforms and services. For example, when The Lizzie Bennet Diarieswas released, Twitter didn’t have its own photo or video content system, so the series used yfrog to post content with tweets. yfrog is now defunct, which means some content is no longer available.”We’re gonna try to refresh that so people can still enjoy that,” Su said.
Will there be new Lizzie Bennet Diaries content?
One of the big questions that inevitably goes along with a Lizzie Bennet Diariesre-release is whether or not we will get new content. Su said that Pemberley Digital is planning some behind-the-scenes content and analysis, for example they would like to do a monthly book-to-show analysis similar to the presentation Su gave at Nerdcon prior to the LBD5 announcement.
Su also mentioned the photo series star Ashley Clements released last month, hinting at a follow-up The Lizzie Bennet Diariesproject called The Lizzie Bennet Wedding…
Su stressed that any new content was still TBA and that, as is the nature of Hollywood, projects in development are never certain until they are pretty much made. Or, as he put it: “Nothing is for real until it’s for real … I’m just gonna say that there are things being worked on right now.”
(Side note: Wil Wheaton is in The Lizzie Bennet Weddingphoto? This is one of those things you didn’t know you wanted until you saw it.)
Where to Watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Online
If you don’t feel like waiting until April to watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, you have plenty of options of how to watch the web series in the mean time. You can check it out on YouTube, of course. It is also available via Google Play, Amazon Video, and iTunes.
Pemberley Digital also has a list of all the links to experience The Lizzie Bennet Diariesacross all platforms.