It is a truth universally acknowledged… that Jane Austen’s novels will never stop being reimagined, readapted, or reworked. But among the countless parodies, books, and films that are based on Pride and Prejudice, only “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” managed to make it a web-based, immersive experience. The web series, a modern adaptation co-created by Bernie Su and Hank Green, premiered in 2012 and ended this year after 100 episodes, finishing off a stellar 2013 by winning a Creative Arts Emmy.
At the center of the series were the three — not five, as in the original — Bennet sisters: Jane, Lizzie, and Lydia. Played by Laura Spencer, Ashley Clements, and Mary Kate Wiles, respectively, the trio carried the series from the main “vlog” hosted by Lizzie, to spinoffs by Wiles’ Lydia Bennet, as well as a main “Pemberley Digital” channel, which now hosts “Emma Approved,” the series based off of — you guessed it! – Emma.
The three actresses talked to EW about filming their favorite videos, their final days on set, and what it was like realizing just how many viewers they reached. READ FULL STORY