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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries in Poststructuralism

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

We've talked a lot about how deconstructive and poststructuralist readings don't like to confine themselves to conventional "lit." So, for one more example, let's take a look at a text that folks like Jacques Derrida, Roland Barthes, and Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari could only have dreamed about back in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, when the dinosaurs roamed.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen's much-beloved Pride and Prejudice. It was written collaboratively by super-friends Hank Green and Bernie Su, so already we've got all kinds of fun questions to ask about it, like: Is there one real author? and Is it all one text?

But things get even more interesting when you factor in the real kicker: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries isn't a book—it's an online series that aired over the span of a year, across multiple platforms like YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. Talk about a thousand plateaus.

And ON TOP of all that, the Diaries literally incorporated readers' participation and input. Fans could follow characters' Twitter feeds, and tweet in return; they could "like" characters' Facebook pages, and post on their walls; and, some of the fan fiction and art created by the series' viewers got to be so popular, the Diaries themselves referred back to it. Yeah, we know what you're thinking: rhizome alert!

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