Unfinished Austen Novel Finds New Life Through Collaborative Web Series | Wired Magazine | Wired.com

Posted: September 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Over the summer, the creators of the Emmy Award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries launched an experimental follow-up project based on an unfinis

Dr. Pamela Rutledge‘s insight:

As a die hard Jane Austen fan, I had mixed feelings about Lizzie Bennet diaries.  It was clearly a fabulous project.  My issue was internal–reconciling my attachment to mental images vis a vis the new version.  At the same time, that added considerable interest–how would characters compare to my versions, how does the story unfold relative to my expectations of the beloved plot.  A reasonable question is how much that knowledge plays a role in the  consumptions/enjoyment process.  I wonder how necessary the original P&P was to the success of the LB Diaries version in terms of signposting the psychological boundaries of the storyworld, or as Bruner might say it’s verisimiltude.  Does the success of recasting an existing and well-known literary experience rely on knowledge of the original or is the original just another “rabbit hole” that contributes to the richness of transmedia narratives?  

If the original P&P provided an essential framework, what happens to the experience of the unfinished Sanditon?  Be fun to see!

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