😂 from an unexpected character too. Mainly, I hate Lydia from the book and from the 2 adaptations (1995/2005 especially the Lydia from 1995) that i’ve watched but this web series makes me love Lydia. She isn’t just an annoying character anymore she has a personality that a lot people especially young people can be related to (well not me bc I’m not really a rebellion ). And Mary Kate is awesome in it. I may not be a rebellion but I adore every rebellious character that I know.
It'a National Book Lover’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with a few literary web series? While there are a ton of amazing web series out there both literary and non-literary, we’ve selected some fan favorites and some you may not have heard of!
1. All For One- If the original musketeers were queer and female, All For One is what you’d get. Set in modern day unversity, this adaptation of The Three Musketeers features a fierce cast and mind blowing story to tell.
2. Carmilla - Perhaps the original Le Fanu novella is less well known but the web series sure as hell isn’t! Carmilla features a broody lesbian vampire, a non-binary character (LaFhooray!), lots of mysteries to solve, a determined detective far too curious for her own good and more!
3. In Earnest - Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest comes to life in this modern day web series featuring a similar storytelling style that Wilde often used. The series takes old Victorian values and fits them into today’s modern culture. It features themes of romance, friendships and all that good stuff.
4. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries - Quite possibly the catalyst in the literary web series space, this modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice really took the internet by storm earning them global recognition and becoming the first digital series to win an Emmy!
5. The March Family Letters - Louisa May Alcott’s classic book Little Women comes to life in this modern day web series following the March sisters as they capture their days via video to send to their beloved Marmie who’s away on deployment. There’s lots of laughs and cries to be had with the series that you won’t want to miss.
6. The Misselthwaite Archives - This modern adaptation of The Secret Garden follows Mary Lennox who moves to her uncle’s large and lonely estate after the death of her parents. She hates everything about her new home but after discovering the hidden glade where her aunt passed away years ago things start to get interesting!
7. The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy- With season three of this epic web series, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy is perfect for any lost boy (or girl!) who loved Peter Pan as a child. We get to follow pretty immature Peter as he sets off to finally becoming an adult and dealing with all the drama that comes with it, including getting his best friend Wendy to fall in love with him.
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And as an added bonus…The Slutty Book Club! Check out their no-filter reviews on books in an array of literary sections from fiction to Kim Kardashian’s selfie book you’ll give yourself all the laughs!
I made up way more of these than I expected so most of them are under a read more. Most of these only apply to vlog-style series.
Exposition Episode: Usually the first episode of the series. The Main Character(s) (MC) decide to make a vlog but don’t know what to talk about so they list out all of their friends and family, along with details about where they live and (usually) their school. Notable examples: literally every show.
Whose Vlog Is This Anyway: The MC is supposed to be vlogging solo but their best friend and/or significant other is in almost every episode, occasionally even without the MC. Notable examples: Mac and Beth, TAJWASH.
Let’s All Vlog: Several characters who don’t know each other all decide to start vlogging at the same time. Notable examples: Like, As It Is, In Earnest. Subtrope: Let’s All Tweet: When all the characters get Twitter accounts at the same time.
I know this is random but… can I have a list of your fave youtube web series because I wanna watch more and you have good taste in things and yeah. Pretty pls? <3
My favorites? oh boy… this might get long
You can’t have a web series recommendation list for someone just starting without having The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I don’t know if you’ve seen this one, but it’s basically the OG of web series. And it’s funny, dramatic, heartbreaking, and touching. Lovely.
Nothing Much To Do is probably my favorite LIW. Like… holy crap. The acting, the characterization, the side characters, Dogberry and Verges… Hero Duke, the most beautiful person ever… This whole series is really well done and so beautiful and funny and overall amazing. Watch it.
Side note: The sequel, Lovely Little Losers, is also very good, but in a different way. I really love lolilo, but not everyone does, so I can run through why people do or do not like it if you want to watch it but you’re not sure!
One of my favorites is In Earnest. Good music, good acting, a lot of food (so if you’re hungry, don’t watch it), really cute people, and a ridiculously happy ending that always makes me cry actual happy tears. A+
Ah, yes, a modern day classic. Twelfth Grade (Or Whatever) is hilarious. Lots of representation (especially bi representation!), a lot of ships (like… so many ships….), Julian Hermano’s face……… It’s all good. ;) watch watch watch
If you’re looking for more intrigue, I would definitely suggest All For One, which starts out really funny and kind of like a romcom when suddenly drugs. So, yeah. It’s amazing. Read all the descriptions.
A mini series that just finished is Eddy Rex, which is based off the story of Oedipus and is HILARIOUS. I laughed the whole time. Holy crap. Watch.
One that is currently coming out is The Better Strangers, which is the college As You Like It you didn’t know you needed but you definitely did. Rose x Orlando is my life. My life.
The Adventures of Serena Berg is also coming out right now. It’s so angsty and so deep and the protagonist is a sassy trans girl who isn’t afraid to fight anyone. So much representation and it looks like the happy ending is coming!
The Emma Agenda is also a current webseries. I’m gay for Jordan Knightley. Like, I would marry that girl. She’s beautiful and amazing. Also the story is quite good lmao.
If you’re looking for non-literary webseries:
High’rd Help: A girl gets sent a guardian angel, who is meant to help her win the love of her crush. Shenanigans ensue. A lot of pineapple on pizza discourse.
Couple-ish: F a k e d a t i n g. Fake dating is my jam. Also so many ships. And representation. It’s so good.
I’ve left out SO many that I love, including what is probably my second favorite LIW, but I think that’s a good start for now. Let me know if you have questions!
There are lots of web series’ these days based on classic books- The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Nothing Much to Do, Notes by Christine, Carmilla the Web Series. But what would one based on Dracula look like? Well, it’s not exactly a romantic comedy, and while a parody could be made, I think “The Lucy Westenra Diaries” might be a good opportunity to branch into another genre…
(Warning: I feel like I should put a trigger tag here, but I’m not sure what for.)
Lucy Westenra is a chipper film student who rooms with her best friend Mina. She loves her off-campus boyfriend, she loves indie rock concerts, she loves her family. She also sleepwalks, something she’s trying to take care of before her always-worried mother finds out, so she sets up a camera to record her movements at night.
There’s nothing much to see at first, especially since she and Mina keep the door locked at night. But dark shapes start appearing in the windows, which Lucy never even notices until she and Mina review the footage. Mina teases her- “Slender Man is showing up in your videos!”- until she realizes how upset her friend actually is about it. And when, one night, Mina wakes up to find her gone, she goes outside onto the campus lawn and sees Lucy passed out and bleeding.
The school nurse says that if she was bitten, it doesn’t seem to be infected. Even so, Lucy asks her pre-med friend Jack about it, and he says he’ll talk to his bio teacher if it gets bad.
And it gets bad.
Lucy still makes her videos, but she’s noticeably paler and more tired. She’s not doing so well in her classes, because she can barely stay awake. Mina notices that she’s barely eating at lunch, and asks if something has happened. Lucy says not to worry about her, but it’s hard not to, especially since Mina keeps finding the door mysteriously unlocked in the morning.
And another thing- Mina’s boyfriend was supposed to visit her this weekend, and he hasn’t shown up.
Lucy’s problems have to be put on a back burner for a while, as Mina frantically calls his parents and campus security for any word of him. Lucy comforts her friend and says she’s sure there was just an airport delay or something, but hours late turn into days late and Mina starts talking about filing a police report. She’s so upset she doesn’t even notice the wet footprints on the floor each morning, as if someone had stepped in the dewey night grass, or the fact that her best friend has taken to wearing scarves and turtlenecks on warm days.
Finally, one night Mina gets a call- they’ve found Jonathan, and he’s at the hospital, delirious. She throws on her coat and asks Lucy if she’ll be alright for a day or two, because she has to leave right away. Lucy says sure, but doesn’t look too happy about it. If only Mina had time to notice…
That night, Lucy makes her last web diary. She addresses it to Mina, saying she’s sorry she could never talk to her about what was going on. She takes off her sweater and reveals a scratched and bruised neck: “No, I haven’t told the nurse. I don’t know why. Just talking about it scares me.” She says she’ll delete the video if she gets better, but if she doesn’t, to send it to Arthur and Jack. Most of all, she’s sorry she hasn’t opened up more, but it’s just so hard to explain. The only thing to do is leave the video on.
And she does, as she collapses on the bed and the room goes dark. The last thing we see is a strange, pale hand reach from out of the darkness and turn the camera off.