Hello dear readers of Moar Powah! It’s time once again for “Give It a Shot!” The column that shows you all the amazing stuff you’re missing out on in the world of gaming, cinema, and other forms of entertainment. This week, we’re going to take a look at the more literary side of things, for you fans of both the printed word and the book adaptation.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Have you ever wanted to read Pride and Prejudice without the old-English lingo and confusing British courtship rituals? Then look no further. Hank Green, one half of the amazing Vlog Brothers, and Bernie Su have created The Lizzie Bennet Diaries; an adaptation of the entire novel by Jane Austen set in the present day through the use of vlogs on Youtube that updates biweekly. Yes, from start to finish, this entire video series covers the book in a new, groundbreaking way that really keeps your attention.
For those of you not in the know, the story follows young Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bennet, a somewhat middle class girl living with kindly older sister Jane, wild and promiscuous little sister Lydia, a marriage obsessed mom, a calm, cool dad, and her best friend Charlotte. When the wealthy Bing Lee, his sister Caroline, and friend William Darcy roll into town, it sets off a chain of events that will lead to hardship, love, and lots and lots of drama. The adaptation is almost perfect, following the novel as precisely as possible and introducing (and expanding) on characters who move the plot along.
But let’s be honest, while video series like The Guild can be good, how far can you really go with a series trying to pretend to be going on in real time? Well, the show’s team have actually gone as far as making fake Twitters so they can actually tweet in character about the events taking place, as well on Facebook and Tumblr. They even have sister channels like The Lydia Bennet Diaries and Pemberly Digital to show you the story happening from other angles. Honestly, even if you’re just looking for an interesting new way to spend your time and see what the future of adaptation and Internet entertainment might look like, give it a shot!
This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It
Okay, so maybe Pride and Prejudice isn’t for everyone. Maybe you’re craving a little more adventure and a lot less romance. Well, we here at Moar Powah have got just the fix. From Cracked.com writer David Wong (real name Jason Pargin) comes This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It, the sequel to his acclaimed debut novel John Dies at the End. And yes, honestly, that is the full title. The tale follows the author, David, and his friend John as invisible giant parasitic spiders take over [name of town undisclosed], which is not the exactly the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to the two of them, or said town. Now, however, it’s up to them to save their town from spider-infested humans, the government, and ultimate destruction, all while somehow maneuvering within a game being played by the unknown forces from above that have set all this (and more) in motion.
I originally picked this title up around the holidays because that’s the only time I actually get to read what I want rather than what a professor dictates I should. I wanted something fun and exciting, something a little different than the norm and to be honest, it was everything I hoped for. Wong has great wit, a flair for bombastic and likable characters, and an ability to keep you on the edge of your seat through every page. Not to mention the books builds up this interesting, mysterious place, run by powerful others who lurk in shadows, and leaves just enough unanswered to keep you guessing. In a way, it’s a little like the old fashion action-adventure-conspiracy books of my parent’s generation, but amps it all up to extreme levels. If you’re looking for adult fiction that isn’t all court room drama or dark pieces about how crushing suburban life really is, then this would be the one for you. Give it a shot!
And Mr. Wong, if you’re ever reading this, I want another sequel. I’m basically hooked now – don’t leave me hanging.