Pemberley Digital’s Kickstarter project to bring Lizzie Bennet Diaries fans the series in DVD form and to fund another series of the extremely popular online vlog show has been launched. In just 3 days, the project has already amassed $269,220, more than quadrupling its $60,000 target!!
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries took the Jane Austin classic Pride and Prejudice and added a modern twist, telling a similar tale through the medium of video blogs. Debt-ridden, grad student Lizzie has an overbearing mother who is consumed with the desire to marry her and her sisters off to wealthy eligible bachelors – and the video blogs are her story. The series had more than 26 million views and Pemberley Digital says that its popularity proved that “fictional stories can be told through video blogs.”
They launched the Kickstarter project to raise the funds to put the vlogs onto DVD, to pay the actors and help with production costs. The DVD series will also come with outtakes, behind the scenes features, commentary and interviews with the cast and the creators. People will have access to 150 videos in the collection including Lizzie’s 100+ videos, Lydia’s videos, Gigi’s videos and more.
They will also use some of the Kickstarter funding to create the next series “Welcome To Sanditon” which is based on one of Austin’s unfinished novels. In this series Gigi will explore the beach town of Sanditon, California as it tries to reinvent itself as a modern resort destination. Giving fans a hint of what’s to come, the creators said; “Through Gigi’s videos, you’ll meet the residents of Sanditon as she brings the beta version of Domino to reveal the drama in their lives. But we’re not stopping there. In The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, you got to interact with the story. In WelcomeTo Sanditon, we’re taking things one step further — you’ll get a chance to be a part of the story.”
Check out the Kickstarter page for more information or to back the project.