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Good News Everyone!

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Won An Emmy!

I know what you’re thinking. “But Rebecca, the Emmys haven’t even happened yet!” That’s true. But the Creative Arts Emmys for digital media programming have been announced, and that’s where the LBD crew took home some gold.

Or maybe you’re just thinking “Oh my God, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries won an Emmy! That’s so cool!”

Can’t say I blame you.

For the uninitiated, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a modern-day web series adaptation of Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice that tells the story of the Bennets, Charlotte Lu, William Darcy (and his hats), Bing Lee, Pemberley Digital, and the rest of P&P through vlogs and social media accounts run by the characters. It’s the social media aspect that netted the show its Emmy for Original Interactive Program.

By the time it ended last March The Lizzie Bennet Diaries had blown up on the Internet, accumulating a veritable army of fans, Austenites and non-Austenites alike. A Kickstarter campaign to release the series on DVD met its goal in less than six hours and ultimately raised over $400,000 in excess of what it originally sought.

That a show so embraced by the Internet would go on to achieve such industry recognition as an Emmy is pretty amazing. Here’s hoping the LBD crew’s follow-up, Emma Approved, sees a similar level of success. Also, here’s hoping I actually get around to watching LDB sometime soon. It’s getting embarrassing.

(via: Yahoo! TV)

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  • Kristine

    Fantastic! Some of the folks from LBD will be joining us at GeekGirlCon this year!

  • Anonymous

    Yay! Congrats to everyone involved! I got caught up with the LBD towards the tail end and really enjoyed it :)

  • Rachel Banzhaf

    Awesome. They earned it.

    I missed the bit about Emma before, which is pretty cool. Welcome to Sanditon was pretty painful and I stopped watching after a couple weeks so I hope Emma sticks closer to the Lizzie Bennet line of success…

  • nic

    Hadn’t heard of this but I’ll definitely be taking a look; thanks for the rec. [Also, just a heads up that your link is missing its http :( ]

  • Anonymous

    OMG. This is fantastic! And, quite simple, well deserved. It is a great series with an awesome use of social media and youtube. Congrats everyone.

  • Thomas Hayes

    I’d watch the show – but I have to finish reading the book first….

  • Anonymous

    That’s incredible :) the LBD cast and crew must be thrilled, and they deserve it so much :) congratulations.

  • not-so-small-mercies

    It’s source material is as well known as P&P, so that should help (Correct me if I’m wrong, but that didn’t seem the case with Sanditon). But the question remains: will it be better than Clueless?

  • Katie Frederick

    I don’t think it is fair to start judging Emma Approved on whether or not it will be better than Clueless. Sure both are/will be modern adaptions of Emma, but both have very different goals in adapting the story. Clueless is a 90 minute film very much rooted in the 90s that takes place in a high school, while Emma Approved will (presumably) be a year long web series with a cast of characters in their 20s. It’ll be interesting to compare the choices made in updating the story, but since 20 years have past since Clueless, I’m looking forward to enjoying both.

  • not-so-small-mercies

    I know it’s easy to claim afterwards, but I was joking about how such comparisons are bound to happen. I have no doubt the web-series will be different, and look forward to it.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    The Emmy LBD won wasn’t for acting, so that works out then.

  • Erin Treat

    Totally disagree. Several of them were excellent.