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I’m back! And I can actually speak English (apparently)

Hello everyone! I’m so sorry for having disappeared last week. As I had told you some time ago, my computer broke and I had to buy a new one. It took me some time to choose and then the store where I bought it didn’t deliver it when they should have. So I was basically offline last week, and I apologize for that. But now I’m back!

There’s something personal I wanted to share with you, my readers. I recently took an English proficiency test at the university where I study and I’m glad to report that I got 647 in 677. So apparently, I can actually read, write and speak in English and understand the language when spoken! And I bet that I didn’t get a better grade because of the two translations that I had to do in the written test. Which, by the way, I do not agree should be on the test. I mean, how can being able to translate something to Portuguese attest to my proficiency in English? I learned English avoiding translations at all costs because I believe that’s the only way to truly learn another language. And there are words I know in English but I have no idea how to say in Portuguese (yes, it’s true people). So I don’t think that these two translations should have been in the test, but I won’t complain since I got good grades anyway and much more than the 550 that I needed!

Enough about me. I just wanted to comment on another thing before I go back to preparing my seminar presentation about “The New Dress” by Virginia Woolf for my Short Stories in English class. Two hours ago the Kickstarter campaign for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD finished. And they made almost half a million dollars, which is amazing and I’m very proud to be one of the backers of this project. If you like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, keep checking the blog. I’m preparing a special post about it that I will probably post next Monday! Don’t miss it!

See you all tomorrow!

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries kickstarter success

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How can you explain 4.620 people giving $320.637 in only 5 days to fund the release of a DVD and the future productions from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries creators? Maybe I should start trying to answer that question by explain why I gave a lot of my money to this Kickstarter project (especially considering that each dollar I gave is worth 2 reais, the currency in Brazil where I live).

For me it much more than getting the DVD, button packs, journal signed by Hank Green and Bernie Su, LBD edition of Pride and Prejudice and a copy of the script of the first 8 episodes of LBD signed by cast members. For me this is about saying: “You people did a great work and you deserve all the praise for this and this money is just a small way to say thank you and, at the same time, help you make more wonderful things for us.” For me, being a backer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD… and More! is all about believing in the power of art.

LBD kickstarterThe Lizzie Bennet Diaries is an absolute phenomenon of the internet (check it on YouTube now if you haven’t yet), and this is because, using the contemporary William Darcy’s words, the story “resonates with people”. Frank McConnel wrote in Storytelling and Mythmaking: Images from Film and Literature, that “stories matter, and matter deeply, because they are the best way to save our lives.” (3) There is no questioning the value of Jane Austen’s most beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. This story is not alive after 200 years of being first published by chance. Pride and Prejudice has reached a new height in popularity after so many years because people feel connected to it. It is not just the story of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet falling in love, this is about the human nature, how we are inclined to judge and to be misled in our opinions when we feel offended or that we are better than other people.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries brought it all up to our days, to the crazy life of technology and fast communication and lack of privacy. No wonder it has been such a huge success. How could we not feel empathy for these characters? It is impossible because they have so much of who we are, just like they had in Austen’s books, but now they have been updated to fit into our world.

I think this explains why so many people are willingly giving their money to guarantee that the DVD will be released and that new productions will be made. Storytelling is an art that has been present in human lives for a very long time and its power only increases. For that reason, when such a great story as Pride and Prejudice is told in such a brilliant way as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, people will give their money to see it happen, because art is so much more than money will ever be.

Oh, by the way, if you are not a The Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD… and More! backer yet, there is still time to become one here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pemberleydigital/the-lizzie-bennet-diaries-dvdand-more

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Pride and Prejudice: Adaptations

There are countless adaptations and works based on Pride and Prejudice. From comics to vlogs, Jane Austen’s novel is probably one of the most retold stories ever written. The 1995 BBC mini-series adaptation of the story has certainly brought Austen’s work back to attention and set off a movement of adaptations that has yet to stop (not that I think it ever will). I will list only some of these because, as I said before, they are countless and I’m sure I am not aware of everything that was done based on Pride and Prejudice.

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The 1940 film adaptation is a must see for every Pride and Prejudice fan. The plot differs from the original in many points, but the focus on the comic make up for it! The BBC productions are excellent and you should watch in case you have not done so yet. Of course, the 1995 adaptation is the most beloved (might have something to do with Colin Firth).

The Marvel adaptation of the novel to comics is fabulous; everyone should give it a try! There are five magazines that tell the whole story!

The 2003 film adaptation is not so good, but if you want to watch something just to relax and not have to think about it, that’s your film. The Bollywood adaptation is one that I have not watched yet so I cannot express an opinion about it. If you have watched, please comment the post and tell us what you think of it!

The 2005 adaptation is a favourite of mine, of course! Besides the fact that I think that Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen made a great couple on screen, there is the fact that the score for this film is absolutely beautiful, one of my all-time favourites and my 2nd most listened album, according to my LastFM. Dario Marianelli got the feeling of the novel and made it into sound, there is no way you’ll not love it. Try reading the book listening to this score, I promise it will be amazing.

Amanda Grange’s novel Mr. Darcy’s Diary is a very interesting work telling Mr. Darcy side of the story. It follows the original plot from beginning to end, but from the hero’s point of view. Definitely worth reading!

“Lost In Austen” may scare off some of the most traditional fans, you know, those who do not like plot twists. But if you are comfortable with some, maybe not so small, changes in the plot, you are going to like this a lot! There are four episodes that will make you laugh a lot.

The adaptation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is another one that I have not checked yet, so I will abstain from judging it for now!

And here it comes: “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”. If you are not watching this yet, then you have 89 videos to watch and you better do it soon because another one is on the way! This adaptation in a vlog format is simply amazing. I confess that when I heard of it I tended to think that it was probably not such a cool think, but then I started watching and was very pleasantly surprised by the amazing quality of this work. Besides the videos, all the characters have Twitters, Tumblrs, the companies have pages on the internet. It is all very interactive. “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” is definitely going to be remembered was the production that changed the way we interact with literature. I’m sure that after this many other classics will appear adapted in a similar way on the internet. Way to go “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” cast and crew!

Watch the first video below. But I warn you, do it when you have a lot of time to kill because you’ll want to watch all the videos once you get started!

To know more about each adaptation just click on the images!



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