Next Thursday, March 28th, I’ll be sad to see "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries," a brilliant web series that adapts Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice to a modern-day California setting, come to a close with its 100th episode. Created by Hank Green and Bernie Su, both prolific producers of web-specific content, this series has, lamentably, reached the end of its source material.
Its premise is that Lizzie Bennet, a 24-year-old graduate student in mass communications, starts a video blog as a school project. Providentially, she starts this vlog just as rich med student Bing Lee moves to the neighborhood and starts macking on her sister, and everyone’s lives go bananas. [...]
That a Muslim man, regardless of his fortune, must be in want of a nine-year-old virgin wife.1 That a single man in possession of a good fortune must be queer.2 That a Fallen Woman of good family must, soon or late, descend to whoredom.3 That a single girl in search of mysteries must occasionally be in want of a big damn knife.4
That strippers should not want to show preference for any individual customer— that all things being equal, all men behaving equally crudely, and all billfolds being equally sized, they should want to thrust their mounds underneath the noses of as many patrons as possible [...]
Ooh, you know what opens tomorrow at the Morgan Library? The exhibition of Jane Austen's letters! See you there, yo.