The literary web series trend has been pretty big for a few years now, and as a lover of both literary adaptations and web series, I’m definitely a fan. In fact, I’ve even been a part of some myself.
Here are five of my favorites to get you obsessed with the genre:
1. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
The classic that started the literary web series trend. This series reimagines Pride and Prejudice with Lizzie as a modern day vlogger. It’s extremely well done and the writing and acting are superb. It really does a great job of bringing Elizabeth and Darcy into the 21st century, and is a good place to start on your literary web series journey.
2. Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party
This web series just finished up at the end of 2016, and it is definitely among the best! The show brings together some of literature’s greatest figures (and YouTube’s most beloved actors) in an unexpected and hilarious romp. Join Poe and his guests as they try to determine how their murder mystery dinner party turned into an actual crime scene and search for the killer. You might notice a few familiar faces if you’re a fan of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries or Starkid.
Loosely based on the Sheridan Le Fanu novella, Carmilla, this web series tells the story of college Freshman and journalist wannabe Laura as she uncovers the dark secrets of Silas University and tries to figure out what’s up with her sketchy, night owl roommate, Carmilla. It also has three seasons and a movie coming out, so you won’t run out of episodes anytime soon.
4. I Didn’t Write This
This is a fun one that’s very different from everything else on this list. I Didn’t Write This is a series that takes scenes from novels or poems and turns them into short films.
5. Emma Approved
And last but not least, Emma Approved, the second web series by Pemberley Digital (the group that created The Lizzie Bennet Diaries). Emma Woodhouse running a company and playing matchmaker with all her friends? Sign me up.
Other literary web series worth a watch: All For One, a genderbent Three Musketeers adaptation; The Autobiography of Jane Eyre; School of Thrones, a Game of Thrones adaptation; and A Midsemsters Night’s Dream, the Shakespearean web series I co-produced in college.
What literary web series do you love?