kasiopeia (kasiopeia) wrote in het_reccers,

Fandom manifesto: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Fandom: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Pairings: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy, Jane Bennet/Bing Lee, Caroline Lee/Ricky Collins, Caroline Lee/William Darcy
Spoilers: This is a fandom where canon rolls over every fic there is since there are two new episodes every week. So spoilers until episode 90 to be safe, but there are some older fics that are not canon-compliant anymore. I've tried to keep the blurb spoiler free (as far as you can given it's based on a 200 years old book), but some of the recs have smallish plot point spoilers.

Blurb: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. What can I say? This web-series pulled me in from episode one. Link to watch the whole thing (because seriously, you need to see this, come back here after, because I can promise you'll need fic)

It is a modern adaptation of the book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, told in vlog format by the main character Lizzie Bennet. It's a character study, a love story and most importantly it is about personal change and about how your first impressions aren't always the right ones. Never had I thought that a P&P vlog would make me cry, but this one did. It's also very funny and smart :) It has managed to make an old story modern and accessible, and it has a lot of details for book nerds like me, but (I have this one good authority) is a lot of fun for those who haven't read the book as well. The story is modernized, details are changed, but the characters and the choices they have to make is still true to themselves. The series has also managed to flesh out characters that were more one-note in the book and made me care for characters I didn't even know I liked.

The fandom has exploded and is producing some of the most wonderful fic ever. The ships rarely strays from the canon ones (Lizzie/Darcy, Jane/Bing), so that's the focus of this manifesto as well (even if I added one Caroline/Ricky ^^). I don't have much more to say about this wonderful show, because if you've seen it you should just get to the recs, and if you haven't you should watch it, not read what I have to say. So I will just stop :)

Fic Rec #1: Come Back Around
Author: zpplnchick
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/688243
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Why This Must Be Read: Lovely little snippet of how they might finally get together. Just sweet and fluffy, neither can sleep and finds each other one early morning.

He no longer cared for her. She’d missed the boat.

No. She hadn’t missed it. She’d kicked it away with a scowl on her face, only to realize when it was a mile away that it was something she had actually wanted to be on.

Fic Rec #2 Agitation of Hope
Author: midnightofthesoul
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/687747
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Why This Must Be Read: Lizzie realizes she has a thesis to finish, so she decides to stop feeling anything and just work. Darcy helps her. This is wonderful, sweet and slow. It is awkward and just so like them. There's also coffee, cake and nerdy flirting over old books and papers.

Later, when the sun is setting, Charlotte reaches out and circles her fingers around Lizzie's wrist. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

Lizzie laughs at the slow-growing smirk on Charlotte's face. "Thank you, Kelly Clarkson. I'll take that under advisement."

Fic Rec #3: plastic miscommunication
Author: magisterrequitum
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/628044
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Why This Must Be Read: The first time they have a serious talk happens over a pregnancy test box. Post-series. This is a great fic that captures Lizzie's insecurities really well, she and Darcy haven't talked about their relationship or where it is going and she freaks out. Luckily Charlotte is there to talk her down, and Darcy is there to reassure her.

Charlotte comes up behind her while she's reading the label on this new organic shampoo that says it'll make her hair shinier while not drying it out. She's picking at the label, distrustful, when a hand clamps down on her shoulder.

Charlotte's eyes are wide and her mouth moves in a harsh whisper. "What the hell? You can't just text me things like that."

"What, it's the truth. I didn't know how else I was supposed to tell you. Did you want a lead in about the weather?" Lizzie answers back in the lowest voice she can come up with at this defcon level of panicking.

Fic Rec #4: Swim
Author: courtknees1
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy, Jane Bennet/Bing Lee
Link: http://courtknees1.livejournal.com/6511.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG13

Why This Must Be Read: There's confessions of feelings and kissing. In a pool! What more do you need really? :)

She steels herself and turns to Darcy, flashing him a smile that she immediately knows was tight and awkward. He responds in kind, and in the lengthy pause that follows Lizzie has a strange urge to splash him just to see how he’d react.

Fic Rec #5: A Very Strange Day
Author: krakens
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy, Jane Bennet/Bing Lee
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/693057
Rating/Warning(s): Teen

Why This Must Be Read: Lovely get-together fic. It follows the cannon happenings, the weeks after the site is taken down and someone gets back into town.

911. Skype me.

Lizzie rolls over and presses a hand to her eyes before she texts back.


Yes, now. Charlotte’s reply comes almost immediately, so Lizzie reaches over the side of her bed and picks up her laptop and props herself up so she can video-chat with Charlotte. She hasn’t even gotten enough sleep to feel groggy, but her entire face hurts.

Fic Rec #6: a lucky recollection, it saved
Author: allthingsholy
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/594300/chapters/1070541

Why This Must Be Read: Pemberly arc (unfinished). allthingsholy is one of my favourite authors ever, her grasp of language and heartbreaking storytelling is great, and this fic is no exception. If you have the time you should check out all her other fic as well. This fic starts before the Pemberly arc, and as such is not canon comliant anymore. Lizzie lives with Jane while shadowing Pemberly and there is sisterly advise, five sheets of stationary tucked into a book on her nightstand and akward meetings.

“You know what I mean. Just.” Jane rolls onto her side and props her head up on her hand. Her hair’s in two pigtails that fall over her shoulders and she’s picking at the quilt with her nails and Lizzie might as well be ten years old again, sprawled out on Jane’s bed back home, talking about whatever ten year olds talked about in the mid-90s—Sweet Valley High, possibly, or maybe Pogs. Lizzie can’t remember what they thought was important back then, but she can remember Jane, stretched out exactly like this. Jane smiles and knocks her knee against Lizzie’s and says, “Just be yourself.”

Fic Rec #7: Everyone Needs a Confessor
Author: kyrieanne
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/651024
Rating/Warning(s): PG

Why This Must Be Read: This story is beautifully built up and is about Lizzie realizing her mistakes nad how she can be better. It is also about Darcy and about friendship. It is just lovely all around. kyrieanne has written a lot in the LBD fandom, and I recommend it all.

“This is the central question,” Dr. Gardner passes by Lizzie’s desk again, “who is the confessor? As our stories increasingly find ways to be told across new mediums we have to go back to the human desire to be known.”

(Lizzie wishes she could say she remembers this speech word for word because it turns out to be imperative to what happens to her later, but she doesn’t.)

Fic Rec #8: Sixth Week is the Charm
Author: Cuits
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/642811/chapters/1166437
Rating/Warning(s): Mature

Why This Must Be Read: Long story with wonderful characterization. As much as Lizzie is good with words, she is not that good at talking about her feelings, and this is very much a story about them being awkward together, but working things out.

The sound of the band playing indoors comes out muffled in the dark and Lizzie breathes deeply and braces herself against the cold enjoying the present company “It’s nice” she declares, but is not referring to the view.

“Yes, it is” and she doesn’t have a clue to what is he alluding either.

Fic Rec #9: The Opposite of Love is Indifference
Author: midnightofthesoul
Pairing: Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy, Jane Bennet/Bing Lee
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/678325
Rating/Warning(s): Teen

Why This Must Be Read: This story is told from Charlotte's POV, and that in itself makes it worth a read :) Charlotte comes home to help piece the Bennet sisters back together. There's talks about the future, cookies, shopping, birthday's and alcohol. There's also love and unexpected returns.

When she finally gets back home to her other family, the site has mysteriously come down and the dust is starting to settle. Still, it seems like the Bennet family has been taped and spackled back together and all the seams are showing. They're all too careful, too polite, and too quiet. It's not the Bennet home with which Charlotte is familiar. Jane wears dull clothing, but still smiles; while Lydia fluctuates between angry and depressed, subdued when tired. Despite the two other Bennets, the one who bothers Charlotte the most is Lizzie.

Fic Rec #10: Trout Heart Replica
Author: brett
Pairing: Caroline Lee/Ricky Collins, Caroline Lee/William Darcy, Lizzie Bennet/William Darcy, Jane Bennet/Bing Lee
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/619622/chapters/1118083
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Why This Must Be Read: This is unfinished (and it's slow on updates), but it is a great look at Caroline, a character that doesn't get much space in the series. I have never much cared for the character either, but oh this fic makes me want the best for her. So it is well worth the read, and the wait. The Caroline/Ricky is in future chapters.

She had fallen out of her own story. That was it. That was the pulse of it all. She was born second, born female, born to teach dance classes and smile for photos.

the rest of the recs in the Lizzie Bennet Diaries tag are also well worth the read! :) And I could have doubled this list, so I recommend reading through everything on AO3 :P If you want something more specific to start with, here is my LBD bookmark collection, among other things this fandom has a lovely collection of gen fics that I couldn't rec here, so enjoy! :)

Mods I need new tags for Caroline Lee/Ricky Collins and Caroline Lee/William Darcy :D
(or Caroline Bingley/William Collins and Caroline Bingley/Fitzwilliam Darcy if we are using P&P tags ^^)
Tags: fandom: lizzie bennet diaries, ship: caroline lee/ricky collins, ship: caroline lee/william darcy, ship: elizabeth bennet/fitzwilliam darcy, ship: jane bennet/charles bingley, special: manifesto

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