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    Deconstructing Austen Cybertexts: How Pride and Prejudice became The Lizzie Bennet Diaries


    Dabek, Meredith (2017) Deconstructing Austen Cybertexts: How Pride and Prejudice became The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. NPPSH Reflections, 1. pp. 32-37. ISSN 2565-6031

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    Abstract

    The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (hereafter referred to as LBD) debuted on YouTube in April 2012 with a video featuring a twenty - four - year - old Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bennet speaking directly to the camera (‘My Name is Lizzie Bennet - Ep. 1’, 2012). That video marked the beginning of Lizzie’s year - long story, which re - imagined and re - worked Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice , by distributing the narrative across multiple media platforms. Originally released as a serial narrative from April 2012 to March 2013, Lizzie’s story started with that first YouTube video before expanding to include four additional video channels (belonging to some of the narrative’s secondary characters), thirteen interconnected Twitter feeds, several Tumblr blogs, Facebook profiles, and numerous interactions betwe en characters on various social media networks. Initially developed for its Internet audience by Hank Green and Bernie Su, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries narrative as a whole was a collaborative effort by a team of writers and editors. Margaret Dunlap, Rachel K iley, Kate Rorick, and Anne Toole joined Su in scripting the YouTube videos, while Jay Bushman and Alexandra Edwards managed and edited LBD’s various social media accounts (‘Team’, 2017). In 2013, the LBD production team won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outs tanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media - Original Interactive Programme (‘65th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners’).

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: cybertext; transmedia storytelling; digital narrative; Jane Austen; social media; reading; NPPSH;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Research Institutes > An Foras Feasa
    Item ID: 8292
    Depositing User: NPPSH Editor
    Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2017 08:13
    Journal or Publication Title: NPPSH Reflections
    Publisher: Maynooth Academic Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
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