I am on the internet a lot. I’m addicted, I can’t help myself I love to learn. Thank God I also love to read books otherwise I would never be off. Seriously, if I could make money fangirling over all my fandoms all day long I would do that. Since the likelihood of that is slim (we can’t all be Felicia Day after all) I’m in college studying English and History (and no I don’t want to be a Professor, I want to work in libraries).
Getting to the point, I am on the internet a lot. On youtube this past year I have discovered something amazing. Something I have never heard of, Online Web Series. And they are free, you can interact with the people just as quick as you can send them a message and you can watch it whenever you want, as many times as you want.
Since you asked so nicely I will tell you. Basically instead of the random cat videos, vlogs or stupid stuff ( which can be good sometimes) that you see, these series have actual plot to them. Just like a TV Show, except a lot better than a majority of the TV Shows out there. Honestly, if I can stay glued to a series for a whole season you have to be good, for I have not have the desire to stop what I’m doing and make an actual commitment to watch the show. I may like the plot, but if I’m reading a book and the show is about to come on, it better be pretty amazing to take me away from my book.
Now unlike most TV shows, once an episode is posted, its posted for good. So far, at least the ones that I have been watching, they stay up forever. Now in the future they may take them down, but with the ones I have been watching they are still up and some of them are releasing a dvd of the whole show. If you want to get started with great Web series here are my top 4 I recommend (and one to look forward to!)
All of these shows have their own facebook page and I believe twitter as well. Some of them also have a tumblr to follow them and keep updated. Go check it out. Click on the titles and it will take you directly to their youtube page.
#4. Job Hunters
This web series takes place in a dystopian future where jobs are limited and you have to fight your way to the top, literally to get the job of your dreams. College Grads are basically chosen by this organization that sends to live in a house filled with people, all with the same mission of having to fight/kill the other. They cannot attack each other in the house, only during sanctioned times are they allowed to fight. They rest of the time, they have to eat and sleep in the same house.
The show has been on a hiatus due to money. However on their youtube channel they are showing that the 2nd season is coming soon. So catch up on the first season fast, its really enjoyable.
#3. Space Janitors
If you like star wars, you will enjoy this. Basically it follows the janitors and other lower staff as they are working on a space station controlled by an evil Dark Lord. This comedy follows the janitors and their friends as they go on adventures and learn more about themselves and the empire they serve. Honestly you need to watch this if you love star wars, you will enjoy this.
Currently Season 2 has finished and I haven’t heard that much news as to when the next season will come out, so for all the people who are interested now is the time to catch up on it.
#2. The Autobiography of Jane Eyre
This is a web series that is done as a vlog by Jane Eyre herself. Following her journey as she become a nanny/tutor to a brilliant intelligent girl in the modern day world. She never expresses her deepest emotions, but for those that have either read the books, seen the movies before, or just have a knack for knowing what happens next; you can tell what she is truly feeling thanks to the brilliant acting. This season is still going and she captures a modern day Jane very well. Yes, she is different but what do you expect? This is the 21st century after all.
I really enjoy this series. Some people will complain about the camera quality, but to me that is what makes it authentic. How many people can afford cameras that can cost up to thousands of dollars and just for a vlog. That doesn’t seem realistic and Jane Eyre, being such a crazy story they need to have some aspects of the story to be down to earth and Jane is a very down to earth character as well.
The Show that started it All for me-
#1 The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Her name is Lizzie Bennet and this is her life! This was the show that started it all for me. First of all, if you roam the internet and haven’t heard of this show I would honestly be surprised and congratulate you on that. Second of all, if you haven’t watch it you must. Third, if you have watched it already, watch it again and get a friend hooked with you!
Got a little excited 🙂 to the plot!
A Modern day adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, if takes the Bennett sisters, Bing Lee, and of course Mr. Darcy into the 21st century with new takes on certain aspects and bringing into light some modern day concerns, mixed with some old ones as well. All 100 episodes are honestly delightful and they actually helped me deal with my severe 3 month long depression, one of the reasons this show holds dear to my heart.
Also what was so great about this show was that each character had a twitter account, they would tweet what was going on in their life as it was “happening!” They even responded to fans at times (how cool is that, imagine trying to respond to a character from your favorite TV show- talk about geeking out) And you got to discover what happened once Lizzie loaded her videos. And other characters on the show had their own youtube videos as well (not as numerous as Lizzie and not as over the top as you would think it would be), they complemented Lizzie’s videos and as a result it gave us a well rounded perspective on what was going on in the lives of the Bennett family and the people they meet.
If the fact that its Jane Austen Adaptation, the idea of 100 episodes to look forward to, the ingenious of characters interacting with their fans, and my personal story didn’t move you. Maybe the fact it won an Emmy. Yeah, a youtube web series won an Emmy!! As you can imagine, youtube just gained a whole level of respect because of that win. Youtube in a way owes a lot to the Lizzie Bennett Diaries as a result.
And a show to look forward to…
From the creators of Lizzie Bennett Diaries comes the next modern day Jane Austen Adaptation, Emma Approved. Based on Jane Austen’s Emma the series will follow Emma. She can do it all and with style. She is fashionable, intelligent, and smart. She can help improve a companies image or make the perfect match for you.
As Emma is Promoting on her Channel, I can make your life better!
The series starts Oct 7 for Emma Approved. I can’t wait to see this!
Check these series out for they are addictive and amazing!