Wow. I am so incredibly impressed with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries right now. Today’s video was astonishing, and it brought me to tears.
There’s a lot to talk about with this ep, so it’s under the cut.
Apart from reinventing Pride and Prejudice in an astoundingly brilliant way, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries is doing a lot of good things.
First and quickly, I think (I hope) their Lydia/Wickham story is bringing awareness to victims of emotional abuse. Too often these women (and men) suffer in silence and no one hears them or holds them. Hopefully this storyline will do something to change that, even if it’s a miniscule amount. Because that’s what good art does. But because I don’t have experience in these matters, I’m going to leave it at that. I don’t want to speak on something when I don’t have the authority to do so, especially not something so sensitive.
Secondly, it’s teaching me how to be a better sister and how important family is. I am the second oldest of five children. Only two of my siblings share both my mom and my dad with me, while my older brother is from my dad’s first marriage and my little brother is actually my nephew. It’s a very interesting mix. My older brother has never been there for me, and that hurts. I’ve had enough familial love from my parents and sisters, though, that it has never caused me any emotional pain. Nothing like with Lydia. But I can fully identify with Lizzie. One of my little sisters is a lot like Lydia, and I’m a lot like Lizzie. Because of our age and personality differences, it’s hard to identify with Rhi sometimes, a lot of the time. It’s only been in recent years as I’ve matured that I’ve realized that as the big sister, it’s my responsibility to bridge the gaps between us so that we can have a close and healthy relationship. It hasn’t been easy to do so, but I know it’s important and I’m trying. This video has reminded me of just how important it is, and now I want nothing more than to give her and Di huge hugs. Sadly, there is currently an ocean between us so I can’t.
Thirdly, it’s teaching the dangers of the internet even as it exposes it’s wonders. I love this medium - vlogging. It’s so interesting, and it’s even more interesting in this format. But once something’s on the internet, it’s on the internet forever, as Lydia is learning. The internet is so second-nature to us now that it’s incredibly easy to forget that there is no such thing as real privacy on the internet. And as much as I love making friends on sites like Tumblr, that can be dangerous. Youtube can be dangerous. Putting your life out there for the world to see can be dangerous. And I think Lydia’s plight is a good reminder of that.
There are many other things I could talk about when it comes to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but as those are the ones that stuck out to me most with this episode, I’ll leave it there.
Bravo, LBD. I applaud you.