About a month ago, the 100th episode of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries was uploaded onto YouTube. This was the end of a year long modern adaptation of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice. This scripted vlog (video blog) is from the perspective of fictional grad student Lizzie Bennet. It retells the famous novel within the confines of one or two people talking to a fixed camera for 2 to 5 minutes, twice a week, for a year.
Developed by Hank Green, of the Vlogbrothers, and Bernie Su, this adaptation has been a big hit online with over a million viewers (an more growing as the message gets out) and it has introduced a whole new generation to a classic novel. Wired magazine has a great article on the different social media tools used to tell the story, so I won't repeat it here, but I do think that this series will be seen as one of those points that will be referred to when discussing the change in the structure of the entertainment history.
The adaptation is well written and acted and it draws you in, no matter how many times you may have read the novel or seen the movie or TV versions. What this shows is that no matter what the medium, this story stands the test of time. Check it out if you are fan of the novel, check it out if you have not heard of the novel. It does not matter. It may lead you to go back and read it again or for the first time. Or if you only like to watch your literature, the definitive version of the novel (and not a modern update) seek out the BBC 1995 TV miniseries starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. It is awesome.