Saturday, September 28, 2013

Snips & Specs & Web Series (Part Deux)

In which Sam rants about zombies, raves about the presence of Jane from Lizzie Bennet Diaries in a recent Sprint commercial, and muses on the success of LBD as the impetus for more web series development!

As Kate discussed last week, web series adaptations are on the rise, to the benefit of YA readers everywhere. Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre each received well-known interpretations. Recently, the actress who portrayed Jane Bennet in "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries," the Pride & Prejudice adaptation, appeared in a Sprint commercial!

For the record, although I love zombie fiction, I think the trend is perhaps overplayed. Just like pumpkin spice. Did you know that there are now pumpkin spice M&M's? What's next, pumpkin-spice-flavored, zombie-shaped cookies? Wait a minute, that's a great idea...

Anyway, for a refresher, here's our girl Laura Spencer in LBD:

Pretty neat! Also, here at Mad But Magic we also love seeing a redhead keep her color across platforms, right Kate? ;)

LBD was popular enough to spawn a sequel and some spinoffs as well as other adaptations, but do you think the success of actors in such adaptations will mean more viewers and (hopefully) more readers of these works of fiction? 
What do you think this means for the viability of the web series as a way to kick-start interest in new books, new adaptations, and new acting talent?

Have you seen any other web series stars in television clips or on film? We'd love to know about it - tell us in the comments!

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