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My Top Five Favorite Vlog Series Based on Books (Mostly)

          The Internet is a wonderful thing, in some cases, and one of those cases is in the fairly new creation of making classic literature into a vlogging format. By taking characters that many people already know and love and making them live in today's world it opens up the stories to a brand new audience. These five series are all ones that I highly recommend everyone try to watch.

1. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries:

        Okay, so I'm pretty sure that Elizabeth Bennet and I are spirit animals, but that's a conversation for another day. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is the modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. In this version, Lizzie is a 20 something-year-old grad student still living at home with her parents and experiencing a ton of student debt. She decides to make a video diary as part of a school project (the exact reason for it escapes my mind at the moment) and thus The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is born. With a great cast that all have stellar acting, and a storyline that is faithful yet changes some things up for the sake of modern times this is definitely the first series on this list that I would recommend watching. This adaptation is also the first YouTube series to ever win an Emmy for the work on the show. This vlog adaptation opened up the doors for many other modern day retellings, and the Internet has never been the same.
Favorite Actor: Mary Kate Wiles (AKA Lydia Bennet)
Favorite Character: Lizzy Bennet herself

2. Green Gables Fables:

       This is a retelling of Anne of Green Gables only Anne is like seventeen when the story starts. So, we don't get to see her as a preteen growing up, but that doesn't lessen from the story. The modern retelling goes a lot like the original story with a few things that are changed to make it more modern. There are two seasons of this series, but to be honest, the second season goes into I'm guessing the second book, and I haven't read any more than the first one. The acting is stellar, and trust me, you'll fall in love with this Gilbert Blythe as well. Anne is now an aspiring writer and she is everything that she should be. I won't lie and say that I wasn't disappointed when this series ended.
Favorite Actor: Mandy Harmon (Anne Shirley)
Favorite Character: Gilbert Blythe

3. Emma Approved:

        This is a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Emma, and while it never actually got as popular as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I actually grew to love it just as much by the time it was done. This series reimagines Emma Woodhouse as a life coach and entrepreneur who is incredibly obsessed with making other people's lives better while simultaneously forgetting about her own flaws. This series has great acting and in the end some great character development. The series sticks to the original book for the most part with the only main change being that George Knightley's name was changed to Alex Knightley, but with a modern retelling, the name Alex honestly seems to work better in my opinion. This is another web series that I highly recommend.
Favorite Actor: Joanna Sotomura (Emma Woodhouse)
Favorite Character: Bobby Martin

4. Classic Alice:

        Okay, this one cheats a little but it's so good in my opinion it needs to be on this list. Classic Alice is about a  college student who after receiving a bad grade decides to live her life according to the books she reads, and the results are interesting, to say the least. Classic Alice should definitely be on anyone's list of series to watch, and while it isn't directly based off of any work it will definitely give you some more books to read. Also the character of Andrew, one of Alice's best friends, really makes the show come together. This is another series that has great acting and a great storyline!
Favorite Actor: Kate Hackett (Alice)
Favorite Character: Alice (What can I say I relate to other writers).

5. The Autobiography of Jane Eyre:

To be honest this series would be my all time favorite if it wasn't for one teensy weensy detail; the actor they got to play Rochester quit partway through filming, leaving an ending that was good, but not what I, and I'm sure many others, as a fan of the classic story, wanted. Jane Eyre is one of my all time favorite books and so I was honestly more than a little disappointed by the ending. However, don't let that stop you from watching, because other than that fluke the rest of this series is absolutely amazing! The series is incredibly good at sticking to the original storyline while changing a few things to make it more realistic to modern artists. The acting in this show is amazing as well and I highly recommend this series to anyone!
Favorite Actor: Alysson Hall (Jane Eyre)
Favorite Character: Jane Eyre

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