My Name is Lizzie Bennet – Ep: 1

Lizzie: It is truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. My mom gave each of us one of these last Christmas. I have yet to wear it… …ever. Who am I? I’m a 24 year old grad student with
a mountain of student loans, living at home and preparing for a career. But to my mom, the only thing that matters is that I’m single. My name is Lizzie Bennet and this is my life. “My Name is Lizzie Bennet”
Written by Bernie Su So my Mom belongs to a class of parents
I like to call the 2.5 WPF Club. What’s the 2.5 WPF Club? It stands for a home with 2.5 kids and a white picket fence.
Which I know actually sounds pretty nice. But it’s really annoying when it’s all your mom talks about 24/7. Not only is my mom a member of the 2.5 WPF club,
she’s probably the president. How do I know? Ladies and the gentlemen, I present again…
Exhibit A. Universal Truth, really? I’m sure there are a great number of rich, young,
single men who aren’t looking for wives. In fact, let’s examine the percentages. Sleezeballs and scumbags, Incapable of escaping current dead-end relationships, sailing around the world trying to find themselves, focusing on work, or skills, or hobbies, or whatever it is
that rich guys do when they’re young. But no. According to my mother, every rich, single guy is
put on this planet to impregnate her daughters. To illustrate my point, I’ll need a little help. Charlotte: What are you doing? Lizzie: This is my friend Charlotte, and
she’s going to help me with this demo. Charlotte: No I’m not. What is this from?
Lizzie: Here, okay, your lines. Charlotte: Who wrote this?
Lizzie: Shakespeare. Honey! did you hear the house in
Netherfield sold the other day? Charlotte: Did it now?
Lizzie: The large mansion with the white picket fence and plenty of space to raise 2.5 grandkids.
Charlotte: Mmmhmm Lizzie: Emily Lu told me. She said the deal was for three million
dollars! But it’s not the price that matters, but who bought it. Charlotte: As you say, my dear. Lizzie: He’s a well-mannered young man
from Harvard, working to become a doctor. I hear his family has quite the fortune. How perfect for our girls! Charlotte: How so? Lizzie: Oh my dear husband! Can’t you
imagine him with one of our daughters? Charlotte: I find that rather difficult,
since I have yet to meet this young man. Lizzie: Then you must go meet him at once!
Welcome him to the neighborhood. I will bake a pie. Let him know about our three eligible
young daughters who are in desperate need of a rich, single man. Look, I’m all for rich, single guys, but who
is my mom to tell one of us who to marry? What if he’s gay? What if he’s a serial killer?
What if he’s a gay serial killer? I’ve got other things to worry about. It’s not like we’re all going to put our lives on hold because some rich single guy dropped from the sky. Lydia: Lizzie! Did mom tell you about who just
bought that mansion in Netherfield? Lizzie: Haven’t heard a word about it. Lydia: So this… wait. What are you guys doing? Lizzie: Making a video. Everyone this is my sister, Lydia. Lydia: Anyway, so this guy, his name is Bing Lee,
and he is rich, hot, annndd… Lizzie: Let me guess… single? Lydia: Jackpot, right?!? Whaaaat!
Lizzie: No. Lydia: Whaaaaat. Yesss.

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Reader Comments

  1. Noir

    "Jackpot right" Oh Lydia I miss you.LOLOL. I cannot believe it has been that long since I last watched. I still believe she is one of the best Lydia portrayal!

  2. Rogain Ablar

    Haha! Just now starting from the beginning after entering mid-run on TBD. They were so cute/funny/underdeveloped back then! Love the series!

  3. fluffyfour

    Anything relating to Jane Austen that's done in an American accent, and worse 'updated' is heinous. Whoever thought of it should be locked in a cupboard (with shelves) until they come to their senses.

  4. Buffy8Fan

    I am a huge Jane Austen fan and I have never even heard of this until I watched a TED Talk about it. What have I been doing that I missed this!? Hope it is good.

    Edit After Watching: It is.

    Second Edit: 10 months later: Rewatching now that I have the books and since the books chapter chronology is what happens in between the videos and labeled by month/day/year I am experimenting by chronologically watching all the videos (including the side story videos) and reading both books (the second of which is Lydia's story post vlog series.

  5. Samantha

    ahhh i watched this webseries like 5 years ago and now im finally reading pride and prejudice for the first time and ive started watching these again! ahhh the tears!!

  6. The Jane Austen Centre

    There's also a companion book to the series!! The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet:

    "One of the things I did love about the book is that we’re in Lizzie’ s head the whole time. Sure, she narrates almost all the videos, but those are for public consumption. Sometimes she’s holding back what she really thinks, and here we’re getting more unfiltered access. And, since the book is written by two of the writers from the web series, they really nail Lizzie’s voice. On the page, she’s just as smart, funny, and awesome as she is on video. Honestly, the fact that the writing is really strong and compelling saves this book from getting a little dull at times."

    A full review of the book can be found here:

  7. Mitali Patil

    I love this series, and I can't help but rewatch it over and over again!
    By the way, stupid technical detail, but I think Episode 10 is listed twice in the playlist. But I love having everything (Collins, Maria Lu, Lydia Bennet, and Gigi interspersed chronically with the original Lizzie Bennet vlogs) consolidated in one playlist!

  8. Ayu Kusumaningrum

    How time flies!! Time to rewatch this whole series!
    When I first watched this during its original run, I was in last year of high school and look at me now.. Age 22, just graduated from uni, now I suddenly can relate to grad-school Lizzie's uncertainties 😂😂.
    But still… there's no Darcybot near me though, unfortunately 😢

  9. Blue Bee Content

    I started watching this from about episode 70 and it took me seeing about five videos to realise it was based on Pride and Prejudice 😅😅😅 Literally, became obsessed after that point. Binge-watched it so many times …..

  10. Manuela Lulaj

    I learned from Jane Austen books too! I don't marry a man because he is rich even if he has beautiful eyes and a beautiful smile. It is about brains and intelligence, his soul, a deeper understanding of people. A accident. Someone who shows me exactly why I don't settle because I have observed so mucb from everything else in the world why I won't lower my standards.

  11. ramywiles

    Seven years ago, I was 19 and (unknowingly) about to go through one of the worst periods of my life. Being able to look forward to this show was one of the things that got me through. I'm endlessly grateful to have had it then, and I'm equally grateful to have it around to enjoy anew as I'm 26 and happier than I've ever been. Thanks so much to everyone involved.

  12. Hannah Jane

    i can’t believe it’s been 7 years! this show meant so much to me when i was young, and will forever hold a special place in my heart. it represents such a special time on youtube, and fills my heart with nostalgic joy to watch this again.

  13. Udy Kumra

    When Lydia wants to high five Lizzie, not only does Lizzie patronizingly tell her "…no" while shaking her head, she also gives Charlotte this look like "wtf man" when she high fives Lydia. And when Lizzie says no to Lydia, you can see her smile fade for a second and she doesn't know what to do cause it's awkward, and then with less energy she says "whaaaaaat!!" again to Charlotte to high five her. Even from episode 1, you can see their relationship has some problems and it's heartbreaking to see how this flawed relationship descends into horrible stuff later on.

  14. Polinabordo

    So, when I saw it for the first time I’ve been younger than Lydia. Now I’m older than Lizzie. Fml

    But it’s still worth rewatching for the ninth time

  15. Boy Mature

    First of all, according to my knowledge; a gay person should only
    homo-sexual. If he is bi-sexual, he is not gay. More like playboy with
    relationship or screw around. Secondly, a serial killer never up the
    word on their forehead telling you he is a serial killer. Unless you
    are digging it around. Lastly a gay serial killer "Bingo, You won the
    lottery". My point is you never know who will be under this category,
    it is not about rich/poor. It is about the person ethnics and personal
    moral issue.

  16. Raisa Cherry

    I watched this in my introductory novel course's class,where we are studying Austen's novel 'Pride and prejudice' 😂 love this skit at first sight.

  17. Chloe Riley

    It's so strange watching this after all these years, and I'm now the same age as Lizzie, also master's student with a mountain of student debt, and also single.

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