I love getting excited about things, and it often doesn’t take much to get me there. Opening the cupboard and seeing that my favorite mug is clean and ready for tea, Carl offering to take Marty for a walk even though it’s my turn, delicious delicious pizza — all are a cause for joy, a fist-pump, a minor victory dance (I shimmy in the kitchen far more than I should).
Of course, there are different levels of excitement; from those events/people/foods/ideas/circumstances that garner a whispered woot and head-nod, to all out, butterflies-in-the-stomach, so happy I’m sad, FEELING ALL OF THE FEELS, as such:
And the thing that makes me FEEL ALL OF THE FEELS most consistently is storytelling.
I am SO EXCITED that books exist and I am SO EXCITED that music exists and I am SO EXCITED that movies exist and I am SO EXCITED that television exists and I am SO EXCITED that YouTube exists and what this post is really about is witnessing a new form of storytelling that has made me SO EXCITED for almost a year now: a “modernized adaptation” of Pride and Prejudice via a video blog called The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
I have laughed, cried, looked forward to, and fangirled over the bi-weekly episodes as much as I have any loved story in more recognizable mediums. It was a gutsy, clever experiment gone right, and it just makes me so damn giddy and grateful that it worked and it exists.
The last two episodes air next week and I’m already feeling like this:
However, the core story will live on, as it has for over 200 years (four for you, Jane Austen; you go, Jane Austen). If you want to be excited and experience this form of storytelling for the first time or for fifty times, I encourage the crap out of you to do so (and then talk to me about it, because I could always use a good squee).
The first episode is below, and here is a playlist from the beginning (don’t skip ahead! the anticipation is the best part! WAIT UNTIL YOU GET TO EPISODE 98! aldjflakjdflkadsf!)
Holy shit I’m going to miss it.