Episode 39: The One With "Lizzie Bennet"


In April 2011, Hank Green (VlogBrothers, VidCon, Project for Awesome) approached Bernie Su (Compulsions, co-host of this very podcast) to discuss the possibility of bringing "Pride and Prejudice" to life for the YouTube generation. Less than a year later, they launched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and within days the show had already attracted a dedicated fan base and the attention of international media. On this episode of New Mediacracy, we sit down with stars Ashley Clements and Mary Kate Wiles (also of Squaresville), producer Jenni Powell (Video Game Reunion, VidCon), and co-creator/writer/director Bernie Su.

Join NM regular Chris McCaleb as we discuss the meteoric rise of this independent series, the highs and lows of interacting with fans (in and out of character), adapting a beloved novel for the digital age, interactive storytelling, their epic VidCon experiences, Tumblr feelz and so much more!

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Interesting talk.

Neat on zero being how much they spend on promotional advertising. I found out about "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" through culture blogger Alyssa Rosenberg.

This was really fascinating to listen to, especially with listening to how the LBD gets paid for. I had no idea that you could make specific partnerships with companies for commercial space on youtube.

I'm constantly and consistently amazed about how dedicated the cast and crew are. I absolutely love hearing them interact with one another as well.

Thanks so much!

Do I get to be Lizzie after commenting? But then again I'm an awful actress, so Ashley can keep her job. ^-^

This was so enlightening as a LBD fan. I enjoyed this so much and am so glad that you chose to focus on this!!!

Really enjoyed hearing more about the series and how it works. I've become seriously addicted to all of the media outlets for the story and appreciate hearing more about behind the scenes. Thanks so much for putting this out there!!

Whee! My question got discussed! And this was so incredibly fascinating, the genesis of the show, the process, and even hints as to the future!

I've been watching LBD since episode 1. Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe my adoration for this show. I've seen P&P 87 times (yes, I've kept count), so it's only natural that I freak out about this adaptation.

All the transmedia aspects are so ingenious, sometimes I forget the characters aren't real. Seriously, you should hear my conversations with friends, "Guess who Lizzie is now following on Twitter!" "Did you see that GiGi is now watching Lizzie's videos?" I even write in my planner the days of new Lizzie Bennet episodes as something to look forward to throughout the week. Not to mention the fact that after showing my film studies class P&P (the 2006 version because the cinematography is prime), I introduced them to LBD. They really enjoyed the movie as well as the webseries and I got to freak out with a bunch of high school students about how spiffy LBD is instead of trying to force one-sided conversations about LBD with my boyfriend :P

I'm going to be so disappointed when LBD is finished; it'll be like losing a dear friend...or many friends because I've connected parts of my life with each of these characters, they're just so relatable.

Keep up the phenomenal work!

I LOVE Jane Eyre. It's one of my favorite stories and I would be really interested to see it be told in a modern setting. It wouldn't of course have the same fun feeling as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but I think after such a happy go lucky story, viewers would be ready for a deeper story line with passion, drama, and all sorts of "feels". :)

Very awesome. Loved all the behind the scenes info.

Does anyone know what the video that Hank made for Ashley about how to make vlogs was actually called on YT? I can't seem to find it.

Love this show, it's chill, it's informative, it's entertaining and I've been listening for years! Keep them coming, New Medicracy deserves to live on forever :)

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