Literary Web Series

Since the days when I met an “agoraphobic lobster” and the grad student who hated his guts, I’ve been really into web series that retell or spin-off of literature. Today, I want to recommend a long list of them, as well as talk about a couple that I plan on checking out!

The first of note (that I’ve already referenced because, hey, my love runs deep):

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

It may start slow for you as you come to embrace the Pride & Prejudice characters in their new incarnations, but before you know it, you’ll be “in the middle before [you] knew that [you] had begun.” It becomes one of those pieces of media where you swoon over tiny touches, looks, and glances. MY HEART.

Emma Approved

Another Pemberley Digital endeavor, Emma Approved took me a minute to come around on, I’ll be real. Not having read Jane Austen’s Emma, I’m told that a similar effect occurs with the source text– that Emma herself is a very polarizing character. You tend to love her or hate her. I’ll say that I grew to love her. Emma’s flaws are clear, but her goodness and well-meaning intent are as well. PLUS, I didn’t have to wait to love Alex Knightley. I loved him right away. Also, I now need to read the original Emma.

Frankenstein, M.D.

Yes, yes, this is the latest of Pemberley Digital’s offerings to the world– this one a team-up with PBS Digital Studios. First of all, let me tell you that I am woefully behind on this series, so pleeeeease no spoilers. From the first episode of Frankenstein, M.D., I knew that I was going to love it in a different way from Pemberley’s other stuff — from the first episode when we meet Victoria Frankenstein, you get the impression that she is a little too confident, a little too blase when it comes to authority, and I was eager to see what would come from that. Victoria is compelling even without a ‘ship, but based on some hints I’ve seen so far, I’m fairly certain a ‘ship will come.

Bonus factor: If you’re into science, you may learn some interesting medical stuff!

I Didn’t Write This

Not your typical idea of a web series, but this series of shorts by Yulin Kuang is beautifully filmed and ranges from enactments of poetry, to John Green excerpts, to Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.

As an aside, you should also check out some of Kuang’s other work, most notably her short film “I Ship It” (heavily recommended especially for those who love wrock and YouTubers). Everything she films is gold.

A Tell Tale Vlog

From the very first instance that Sean Persaud appears on screen as a dry, socially-awkward Edgar Allen Poe filming a vlog, you’ll find yourself wanting to giggle. This is more of Yulin Kuang’s work, this time working with Shipwrecked Comedy.

Kissing in the Rain

Though Kissing in the Rain isn’t exactly a literary web series, you can definitely spot some literary allusions in the work. The series (which is a duology of sorts) centers around two actors who constantly find themselves in scenes together where they’re required to kiss… in the rain. I’ve only watched through to the first couple’s conclusion, but the swoons are real, my friends.

Also, you may have gathered that this is more of Yulin Kuang’s work with Shipwrecked comedy… starring Sean Persaud and Mary Kate Wiles. When I go fangirl, I go fangirl hard.

Carmilla

According to Wikipedia, “Carmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.” Web series Carmilla is about vampires and takes place in a college dorm room and features girls crushing on girls and spooky times. It is excellent and I have to thank Angel from Mermaid Vision Books for tweeting about it and making me curious enough to check it out– even if I know only what Wikipedia tells me about the source text.

Finally, here are some web series that I haven’t checked out yet, but plan to one of these days!

Classic Alice

“When college student Alice receives a bad grade on an essay, she partners with her friend Andrew to film a documentary about living her life according to classic literature.”

The Autobiography of Jane Eyre

“An online modern adaptation of Charlotte Bonte’s Jane Eyre”

Got any other recommendations for me?

Cover Reveal: Inaccurate Realities Volume 5 + Giveaway

We are delighted to host a cover reveal for INACCURATE REALITIES’ fifth volume. If you don’t know, Inaccurate Realities is a YA speculative fiction anthology of short stories in which each issue focuses on a single theme. Two of the bevy’s members have actually had stories featured in previously published volumes (time travel and magic, respectively), so suffice to say we are excited for this latest edition. As is appropriate with Halloween soon approaching, the theme of this edition is MONSTERS. Volume 5 will be available on Friday, October 31st, 2014 but you can pre-order your copy today at the link found below. So without further ado, check out the chilling cover below!

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Cover Reveal: At Any Moment by Brenna Aubrey

Now, let me just start by saying that I’m not really a fan of covers with people’s faces. Like human faces. Like human faces without ANY context, especially ones that are staring into your soul. I’m also not too into the whole couple-in-the-midst-of-PDA, like of course romances and some contemps are going to feature this, but I always go into 5 year old child mode and shield my eyes (I guess this would explain why I prefer reading ~graphic scenes rather than watching them). With all that said, however, I actually like this cover that we’re revealing on the blog today! I don’t know, maybe it’s the colours, maybe it’s the angle of their faces, maybe it’s because I’m like “Oh yay, they look happy! MAYBE THEIR STORY WILL END HAPPILY.” Whatever the reason, check out the cover and synopsis of AT ANY MOMENT below! (Also scroll down for a Goodreads giveaway~)

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*At Any Moment by Brenna Aubrey*
*Release Date: October 27, 2014*

*It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!*

Mia Strong never expected to be deciding the rest of her life at age twenty-two. Is she willing to become a human lab rat? Does she need to write a will? Does she ever want a family–and if so, with whom? She can’t dodge the tough questions–not if she plans to live to see twenty-three. With her life hanging in the balance, Mia wants nothing more than to rely on Adam Drake, but he’s hurt her before.

*You Must Gather Your Party Before Venturing Forth…*

Adam Drake knows that he’s made mistakes, but when he discovers what Mia’s facing, he realizes how much those mistakes could cost him. Now he has to choose between being the man who can save Mia’s life or the man she can
love. No matter how much it tears him apart, Adam knows he has to put Mia first…even if it means he’s out of the picture entirely.

*Will their love survive this epic battle or is it game over?*

*This novel is the third and final book in Adam and Mia’s trilogy, but they will be featured in future Gaming the System novels*

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we create top ten lists that involve books.

This week’s topic: Top ten books on your fall TBR

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one the retribution of mara dyer by michelle hodkin FINAL BOOK, Y’ALL two in the afterlight by alexandra bracken another ‘finale’ and oh my god Bracken is going to break me I’m sure of it. three all broke down by cora carmack four the start of you and me by emery lord I just have a lot of emery lord feelings. five something strange and deadly by susan dennard first on my list of “catch-ups” six make it count by megan erickson seven even in paradise by chelsey philpot eight defiance by c.j. redwine nine is everyone hanging out without me? by mindy kaling ten my true love gave to me by stephanie perkins featuring A LOT OF AWESOME AUTHORS

Blog Tour: Haze by Paula Weston

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Hello, friends! It’s been one year since I participated in the blog tour for Paula Weston’s Shadows, and now I’m excited to help kick off the tour for the next installment in the series, Haze. Check out my review below, see what character I got from the fun character quiz, follow the rest of the tour stops through the Tundra Books blog, and happy reading Haze!

Haze by Paula Weston Book Review: Haze by Paula Weston
Release Date: 09/09/14
Publisher: Tundra Books
Source: Received for review from publisher
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Gaby Winters’ life used to be pretty normal. She lived with her best friend. She worked in a library. She was slowly getting over the death of her twin brother, Jude. And then Rafa came looking for her.

With him, her blood-soaked nightmares stopped. But now they are reality. She is one of the Rephaim – a wingless half angel, descended from the Fallen. Demons exist and they are hunting her.

She knows she’s alive when she’s meant to be dead. And that means maybe Jude is too. So why isn’t she out there looking for him?

Review:
Paranormal books aren’t my thing at all anymore, but then something like this series comes along that makes me think, “Well, maybe you’re wrong.” There are many layers to enjoy in Paula Weston’s writing, but here are a few highlights from Haze for me:

• While Haze picks up right where the first book left off, Paula Weston allowed the reader a recap of the events from Shadows. Recaps are usually something that bug me, simply because it’s time to move the show along, but I think it really worked in this case. The story and mythology of The Rephaim is complex, and this catch up served as a reminder that Gaby, the main character, is also trying to get a grasp on everything. However, while Gaby is understandably overwhelmed at times, I felt that Paula Weston had me quickly wrapped in this world again and I was eager to find out where Gaby’s story would go next.

• Gaby is the kind of protagonist I love to read about. I enjoyed her a lot in the first book, but she was simply amazing here. Though she’s still trying to understand her own identity, come to terms with her past, and figure out the situation with her brother, she shows so much determination. Naturally, she does have her moments of uncertainty, but she always comes out a much stronger person. As the series continues, I am certain that Gaby will be a force to be reckoned with.

• I’m basically over the ~bad boys~, but Rafa grew on me in this book. He displayed different facets of his personality and I really enjoyed the tension between him and Gaby. Much more, though, I love that Paula Weston didn’t allow their relationship to overtake the story. Since Gaby’s past and identity is so important, I enjoyed how it continued to be the central focus of their relationship, with little extra good stuff here and there.

• Paula Weston has created a fantastic setting with rich characters. The leads are engaging, but the minor characters shine as well. Though this series is truly Gaby’s story, I feel that Paula Weston has managed to layer her writing to make every character be distinct, adding such an interesting dynamic to every point of the story.

Overall, this series continues to be a standout. There’s a certain energy to the atmosphere, characters, and writing that makes this so different from other paranormal series and I’m looking forward to seeing where the course of Gaby’s story goes next.

The character I am most like is…
ShadowsBadges-MAGGIE