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Emma To Get The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Treatment With Web Series Emma Approved


The charming, modern day interpretation of Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice, beloved webseries The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, ended in March of this year, taking with it the unusual cast, social media presence, and cheery feel that made the 100 episodes so enjoyable for fans. Spin off series Welcome To Sanditon followed, but now creators Bernie Su and Hank Green are taking on other Austen characters with their adaptation of Emma. The web series will be titled Emma Approved, and features the well known story of the young lady who believes she is an excellent matchmaker, but, as expected, with some modern twists.

Of course, anyone who has seen the 1995 film Clueless has some idea of what a modern day Emma is like. On the other hand, I’m sure Su and Green’s version will focus a bit more on technology, just like the web diary based Lizzie Bennet Diaries. The Pride and Prejudice based series, which began in April of 2012, made use of social media, youtube, and various websites to immerse fans in the show. It’s likely that Emma Approved will expand on this format, and find new ways to engage fans through the internet.

Emma Approved will start airing on Youtube sometime in the fall, and will likely take place in the same universe as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Welcome to Sanditon. Su talked to hypable before the series was announced, explaining

[One Universe] is planned. The only way at the point that the second series is not in the same universe is if one of the actors plays a vital role in the second series as a different character, but I don’t see that happening.

Really, this is a win win for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries fans, as it means that either a familiar face is present or their favorite characters still exist as they knew them in the same universe. Is it too soon to hope for a crossover?

The series was just announced during VidCon, also organized by Green, but no casting news is available for the series. The Emma Approved website and YouTube channel are both blank, so there is little more information beyond the logo and premier date. However, Austen fans and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries fans alike have plenty to look forward to.

(via Hypable)

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  • http://twitter.com/LibrarianMarian Marian Librarian

    I love this news! When I watched Lizzy Bennet Diaries, I found myself thinking that the format was a little confusing for Pride and Prejudice. The whole conflict of the story is that people don’t share enough of their feelings and yet here they are telling everything on social media. Plus, I didn’t like to think the modern Lizzy would be a youtube gossip. (Don’t get me wrong, I loved the series, I just questioned the frame.) I always thought that the format would make way more sense with Emma because she is just the sort to meddle and gossip in that way.

  • Erin Treat

    This just made my day a zillion times better!!! And it was already pretty good since it’s Pretty Little Liars and Rizzles day! :D

  • Anonymous

    Ooo, I am so excited for this! I loved Lizzy Bennet Diaries so hard. So much great talent they found for it, too.

  • Ann_onymous

    Oooh yeah, I was thinking whilst watching LBD at the beginning of this year THERE NEEDS TO BE AN EMMA ADAPTATION. Also I have this really weird theory that Emma might be an actual blogger (or at least start out as one with more of a purpose than a confessional)? Like, maybe she’s a beauty blogger or she makes recommendations of music, books, clothes? I don’t know, it’s just the whole EMMA APPROVED thing. I could totally see her holding up a book and saying straight into the camera: “Emma-approved” and then there’d be a stamp on the screen. Maybe I’m just getting ahead of myself…