Kudos to the ever-hilarious Gillian at Writer of Wrongs, for inadvertently giving me this 5FF prompt. I love the gals who run 5FF and I know they pit a lot of effort into it. But they release the prompts after the month has started (somethings well into the month) and I can’t deal. I am a plan-ahead-er by nature.
So this week’s Five Fandom Friday is….Web Series I Binge Shamelessly.
Series: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Adaptation of: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This was the first YouTube series I truly binged. I was hooked, and remained hooked, through it all. A billion and a half stars.
Series: The Autobiography of Jane Eyre
Adaptation of: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I effing LOVE Jane Eyre. Of course I would love this, too. And the actress who plays Joanna. Oh man, I could not stop laughing. But it’s pretty dang close to the book, including in pacing (so…be patient).
Series: Nothing Much to Do
Adaptation of: Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
One of my favorite Shakespearean comedies, done by New Zealanders, set in a high school, filled with adorbs.
Series: Lovely Little Losers
Adaptation of: Love’s Labours Lost by William Shakespeare
Picking up where NMTD left off, this one takes place at college. Love’s Labours Lost is one of those bizarre cliffhanger-ending plays that everyone assumes Shakespeare was going to write a sequel to….but it never happened. So yeah, when you’re done with this, go on to….
Series: Bright Summer Night
Complete playlist (episodes currently airing)
Adaptation of: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
They’re on episode 8, so you can’t binge this one as well (yet), but it takes place in modern-day NZ, over the course of one night, as a bunch of college kids (and some familiar faces) party it up….and consequences. So far it feels a little more abstract, with each episode centering on one character. Also Puck is VERY PUCK (aka otherworldly and vague in ambition and hard to figure out and a consummate pot-stirrer).
Series: From Mansfield with Love
Adaptation of: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Some of the acting is very stilted (*ahem* all of the secondary characters) BUT Fanny is so genuine and awesome and Edmund is such a natural and I shipped the shippiest of ships with them. Watch it, especially if you dislike Mansfield Park, because it will make you re-think some things.
Whatever, 6 is the new 5.
Want to binge your own but need more options? Here ya go:
Welcome to Sanditon (cute, swift, and based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sanditon)
Emma Approved (I watched, but didn’t love because Emma is just too annoying, and Harriet’s acting is so very bad)
Green Gable Fables (I watched, but couldn’t get into, because the awkward acting. I know Anne of Green Gables is an awkward character, it just felt too much)
The March Family Letters (I never really liked Little Women, so meh)
Frankenstein, MD (campy fun!)
The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy (I haven’t watched yet, but it’s got 3 seasons. THREE. I’m a little intimidated)
Jules and Monty (a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, set in college. What could go wrong?)
Classic Alice (not based on one thing, but a college student living her life according to all the classic lit greats)
The Writing Majors (three creative writing majors, I think loosely based on Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, and Oscar Wilde?)
Carmilla (based on the J. Sheridan Le Fanu novella, which I am unfamiliar with)
What am I missing? What are YOUR favorite binge-worthy web series? Leave me the details below, because I definitely need more.
I’m a coffee-fueled, hobby-addicted bibliophage who makes cruelty-free mineral eye shadows (inspired by novels). I’m usually in front of a screen (writing, reading, or gaming), but I’ve been known to emerge for geekery, good food, and dark chocolate.