Why You Should Be Watching ‘Emma Approved’

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Photo via Randomkiwibirds on Livejournal.

Photo via Randomkiwibirds on Livejournal.

I don’t talk about web series too often–because I watch too much TV as it is and adding multiple web series would be absurd. Although there was that time that I tried to convince the world to watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. But I’ve noticed, as many others probably have, that fictional web series are becoming more and more popular. The CW network even launched it’s own website to host its four original web series called CW Seed. With the increase of quality writing and production values in web series, as well as the shift toward watching more media on web devices, it’s no surprise that the audience for this kind of medium is growing.

Photo via Pemberley Digital on Twitter.

Photo via Pemberley Digital on Twitter.

Although I don’t keep up with all the web premieres and continuations as well as I do with television, there was one series I was particularly excited for: Emma Approved. The series was created by Hank Green and Bernie Su, the minds behind Pemberley Digital (the hub for all these series.) Their immediate follow up to the LBD was Welcome to Sanditon, an interpretation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, Sanditon. Now, Pemberley Digital is adapting a more well known Austen novel with Emma Approved: Emma (obviously.) Although Emma Approved is only on it’s 8th episode, I’m already in love.

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Why ‘A Very Potter Senior Year’ Was a Fantastic Finale

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This drawing acted as the cover of the downloadable PDF script Starkid made available to fans. Photo courtesy of Team Starkid.

This drawing acted as the cover of the downloadable PDF script Starkid made available to fans. Photo courtesy of Team Starkid.

It’s been a few weeks since Team Starkid premiered A Very Potter Senior Year on March 15th and if you’re like me, you’re still in denial. Harry Potter will always be the totally awesome boy who lived (not died, duh!) But AVPSY marks an end to the super-mega-foxy-awesome-hot musical adaptations done by a group of Harry Potter fans. I laughed, I cried, I giggled in delight, I gasped in surprise and now I am dealing with an end of an era along with many other Starkid Potter fans.

I first got into A Very Potter Musical with my friends in the summer of 2009. I had just finished my freshman year of college and I was back home again. My friends and I watched AVPM a couple weekends in a row and we even made up a drinking game to go along with it. When I went back to school, I found new friends who had loved AVPM as well. Somewhere along the line, the Very Potter Musicals began to mean friendship to me. Although I watched AVPSY alone (which was for the best given my crazy reactions,) it still felt as if I was saying goodbye to a group of old friends. But it was definitely the most enjoyable goodbye I’ve ever had to say.

But seriously: where can I get one of those house jackets? Photo courtesy of LeakyCon on Facebook.

But seriously: where can I get one of those house jackets? Photo courtesy of LeakyCon on Facebook.

The great thing about the Very Potter Musicals isn’t just that they’re fun and silly, it’s that they’re entirely human. Sure, the shows are about a young wizard named Harry Potter and how he saves the world from the Dark Lord in the annual battle between good and evil. But they’re also about friendship and community, growing up and becoming the person you want to be, and of course the fear of death and the fear of being forgotten. The Starkid Potter musicals don’t just celebrate the character of Harry Potter; they celebrate everyone who ever—and will ever—love Harry Potter as much as they do. While the fans of AVPSY are dealing with the end of an era, so too are the writers, producers, actors, musicians, and everyone else involved in creating the musicals.

In an effort to deal with my endless fangirl emotions, here is a list of my favorite things about AVPSY. (Spoiler alert: everything about the show was my favorite thing.)

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Why ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ Is My New Obsession

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries posts two new videos a week. Photo courtesy of DFTBA.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries posts two new videos a week. Photo courtesy of DFTBA.

It’s been a whirlwind romance. At first, I only saw the occasional gifset of those snarky Bennet sisters–and the charmingly awkward Darcy–on Tumblr. Then, everything changed when I came down with one of those nasty bugs going around this time of year and was couch bound. I watched all 6 hours of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries currently on YouTube, and fell in love. It’s fresh! It’s hip! It’s a new take on a classic story! Plus, did I mention it’s freaking awesome?

The LBD is a mixture of new media with classic literature, which is a perfect marriage in my opinion. It tells the story of Lizzie Bennet, a 24-year-old graduate student, who, along with her sisters and friends, narrates her life through confessional-style vlogs. The web series premiered on YouTube on April 9, 2012 and has amassed a rather large fanbase, as well as some media attention. The Guardian named it “the best Austen adaptation around.” While this series seems to be growing in popularity by the day, I decided to try my own hand at forcing people to watch the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (because you definitely should.)

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