Assignment 4: Meta



After watching John Green’s video about how and why we read, reblog this assignment and talk about why you watch LBD.  Remember, this is more than just a personal expression – this is a communication, trying to share your ideas and start conversations with others about the narrative.  (In other words, please don’t merely respond with, “Because of the FEELS.”)

Reblogging at the last possible moment because… I’ve been procrastinating, and now I’m procrastinating on working on next week’s conference presentation (EEP!) by writing LBD meta. (What is wrong with me?)

I watch LBD for a lot of reasons… and I’ll try to get to most of them.

I am a 20-something with a Master’s degree and I have no frickin’ clue where my life is going. So Lizzie’s fears are my fears, and sometimes, she articulates them in a way that just hits me in the gut. Lizzie’s situation is really getting to be a common one in our culture, and I suspect that this is what draws a lot of over-educated, under-employed young adults to the series. We get Lizzie and where she’s coming from. She’s one of us.

I love Pride and Prejudice and I think LBD is a pretty awesome modern adaptation of it. There are aspects of LBD that I think handle the original material better than any adaptation I’ve seen so far. For instance, some people are put off by Lizzie’s abrasiveness earlier in the series (particularly in and around the Netherfield arc), but to me, it’s a pretty accurate modern update of how her personality would have come off to others in her culture/time period. Elizabeth seems all polite to us now, but she said and did some things that would have put people around her on edge. And I still can’t get over the brilliance of turning Collins’s proposal into a job offer. It works on so many levels. And Darcy. LBD has (IMHO) the best Darcy of any adaptation.

I’m also intrigued by many of the ways LBD departs from P&P. I guess you can call the Collins job offer a departure, but I put that more in the category of finding a good modern equivalent of what that proposal really was for Elizabeth and for Charlotte. But I’m intrigued by the things that really aren’t equivalent to the book, like the expanded role of Charlotte, the new takes on Lydia and Georgiana (Gigi), the continued appearances of Fitz (which, I was pleased to learn, were mostly the result of our fandom’s love of the character). Heading into the climax and denouement, we are facing the consequences of some of the most radical departures from the original.

Lydia is aware of how terrible her situation really is, and unlike in the book, it seems her relationship with Wickham is over (thank goodness). What does that mean for her future? Gigi knows what happened to Lydia, whereas in the book, it’s implied that she has been kept ignorant. She wants to help, and how will that play out? I think that, whatever happens, we’re looking at a very different sequence of events from what happened in the book, in fact, I think we’re bordering on AU, and what does that mean for the effectiveness of the adaptation? I have no clue! But I’m really interested in finding out!

But aside from it being an adaptation, I just enjoy it as its own narrative. A part of me is just along for the ride of being so immersed in a story that’s happening in real time. I can imagine what Lizzie and Darcy and Gigi and Fitz and all of the other characters are doing right now. As we speak. This is a totally new storytelling experience for me, and I love it.

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3 Responses to “Assignment 4: Meta”

  1. knarlyknight Says:

    I count reading P&P in my early 20’s as one of the most enjoyable and enlightening experiences of my early 20’s, nearly up there with the awesomeness of my first child entering my life.

    So maybe I should open some time to experience this.

  2. jbc Says:

    It took me a while to get really hooked. At first I was just snarking on it, identifying anomalies (like the fact that the main actresses’s makeup was pretty clearly the same gaudy makeup job throughout the first several episodes, despite the fact that those episodes were ostensibly being filmed on different days).

    Then I started to kind of get into how they’d updated the Charlotte Lucas character (Lizzie’s friend). Then the Lydia character, whom I’d always pretty much despised, kind of caught me by surprise and become one of my favorite things about the show. And at that point I was a goner.

    It occurs to me that I could achieve the same sort of archiving function I’m looking for by creating a new, separate standalone blog just for the LBD-related content, and reblog to that, saving reblogs to for those things that are more If any of you long-timers are reading this, and have an opinion on whether or not that would improve your experience, please let me know.


  3. enkidu Says:

    I haven’t read P&P. So, it’s a story about marrying off one’s daughters? I love mash-ups, but after viewing a half dozen of the episodes, i don’t know… Ze Frank did the whole talking at the camera thing with way more authenticity and fun, but maybe this is because I haven’t read P&P to see how it clicks. This just seems so… fake… meta… saccharine? Maybe the twist of updating a classic (duly noted that Knarly also thinks it was a great book) makes this really sing, so I’m missing half the fun.

    Scrolling thru a dozen posts of leaping kittehs, over-coifed redheads (and believe me, I have a thing for redheads, I wanted to like this! =) and tLBD squee… it’s your blog boss. A most unusual podcast.

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