I understand that the Pemberley Digital fandom is more or less split into two groups:
- Those who are Austen fans, and who want more literary understanding behind the choices that Pemberley Digital makes in both The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved…
I do understand that modernization adds an extra element of difficulty in retaining the spirit of the original. However, even if the goal is to talk about modern things using age-old characters, I cannot see how Lydia’s arc conforms to this. PD did this with Charlotte and I think they did it well: both in the book and the series Charlotte is a person of good character and sound principles who makes a morally dubious choise for practical reasons and because she thinks she has few other options. Though they changed the circumstances, the level of Charlotte’s compromise remained parallel to the novel. Lydia in the LBD, however, is not the character Austen wrote; in the novel Lydia knowingly does something she knows is wrong and never regrets it, while LBD Lydia makes a mistake while involved in an abusive relationship and is devestated when she finds out. That is not modernizing the character, that is creating a character that is essentially different and then opting for a character developement that changes her even more. LBD Lydia is better (for a certain value of the word) than her book counterpart to begin with and she becomes even more so in the end. And I think people forget that character developement isn’t always for the better; human beings change for the worst too. So I don’t find the notion that LBD Caroline might be worse (more actively harmfull) than Miss Bingley and that after the events of the LBD she might have become even more malicious inherently problematic, though the execution might make it so.