A helpful guide to reddit for LBD tumblebuddies!
A helpful guide to reddit for LBD tumblebuddies!
Find another place (not tumblr) where LBD has fans and interact with them. Then post a report (just a paragraph) about the people you met and how you liked the platform! (Please note: Darceny doesn’t currently count, since it’s brand new and heavily promoted, though we do encourage fans to join there and chat, waiting for the discussions to begin!)
Well, well! Most of you are probably tumblrites, but many of you are probably also aware of the many platforms LBD has impacted across the internet. Here is a list and some descriptions of some of those places!
- The Official LBD Page: https://www.facebook.com/LizzieBennetDiaries?fref=ts
- Much like the official accounts on other sites, links are regularly updated and fans can interact through commenting. The best part about the LBD Facebook page? You have access to a ton of awesome photos, including the cast at LeakyCon and VidCon, hilarious LBD Valentine’s Day Cards, and Wes Aderhold’s introduction video. This is a great visual source, and an excellent place to spread the fandom. You can just head over to the page and “like” or “share” whatever you please. A lot of people comment on the video links and pictures, so that’s a great way to get involved as well.
- There is also a Lizzie Bennet account: https://www.facebook.com/TheLizzieBennet?fref=ts
- She does the same things as she does on her twitter account: shares videos, allowing comments. At one point there was a clutch giveaway, courtesy of Caroline, apparently.
- Official LBD Page: https://twitter.com/TheLBDofficial
- Fandom Page: https://twitter.com/theLBDseahorses
- The fans of LBD interact through the official LBD twitter account, the fandom account, the actors’ accounts, and the characters’ accounts. The hashtags I see most often are #LBD and #LizzieBennetDiaries. There are many event specific tags, such as #PemberleyDay and #DarcyDay. The funniest one I’ve witnessed is #MaryKateAndAshley, in reference to Mary Kate Wiles and Ashley Clements, actors on the show. Have you seen any other good ones?
- YouTube comments, regardless of what video you are watching, can get very out of hand. However, comments on LBD are oftentimes very positive and reflective.
- Lizzie Bennet Diaries subreddit: www.reddit.com/r/LizzieBennet
- Co-Moderator of that board’s introductory video:
- The reddit is much more focused on discussion, and less on creating fanfic, screencaps, manipulations, or gifs.
- Main community: https://the-lbd.livejournal.com/
- It’s a lot harder to find similar people because of the lack of feed. However, individual posts are much easier to find, both because of the relative infrequency of posting and the more permanent aspect of the post storage.
- The commenting function is very nicely handled in Livejournal, leading to great discussions. Finding those discussion locations is very difficult.
- Must register
- Active discussion
7. Derbyshire Writer’s Guild
- some threads, but a bit hard to find.
- Their “Other Stuff” and “Current Events” type boards are the kinds that one would look at for LBD discussions
9. Google +
- The LBD Seahorses group, or one could of course create your own! Google + is a great, open resource for all, with special connectivity bonus in the hangout function.
- New, still figuring everything out, but a very impressive platform.
Dear Fandom University: Lizzie Bennet Diaries students!
Thank you for sticking so faithfully with us! We have a great lecture coming up, and a hopefully fun assignment! We (mostly ibmiller) apologize for the lateness of this lecture - hopefully life is treating you all well, and you’re excited to finish out the Fandom University semester (and the LBD show itself, sad day).
Let us know if you have any questions, suggestions to make the course more exciting, or concerns! We’re always just an ask box away.
My first ever fanfic. Read into that however you choose.
Finally. After so long, he was going to see her again. The conversation he had had with Mr and Mrs Bennet was just a blur in his foggy memory, his anticipation and nervous energy erasing all but one thought from his mind: He just wanted to see Lizzie. He had, of course, spoken to her over the phone already, and that in itself had nearly left him paralysed, but nothing could compare to being in the same room as her. Lizzie emanated some sort of energy, something he had never known anyone else to ever do. Lizzie was special, and after the drought of her absence, he was finally going to see her again. He attempted to wipe away the cold sweat that was, regrettably, starting to form in defiance of his resolve to stay calm, and walked towards the Den.
He could hear her voice now, as he approached. Taking in one last deep breath, he stepped into the doorway. Then he looked up. And his voice caught in his throat, because there she was, after all this time. Lizzie. She was beautiful. And he was overwhelmed, not on account of her looking particularly beautiful today, because honestly, he could not think of one occasion where she hadn’t taken his breath away. No, it was that she had dressed up. For him. That thought brought a surge of butterflies to his stomach and for a moment he questioned his ability to continue on while his own body was ruthlessly forging war against his peace of mind.
The point was, that Lizzie had never acted with him in mind before. She was a whirlwind, a free spirit. In fact, she had often acted in spite of his feelings. But now, things were different. She was aware of him and cared what he thought. He was a presence in her life. Yes, things had changed. And maybe, just maybe, he could be considered a blip on her radar. That’s all the honour he could have asked for.
Lizzie was looking up at him now, and a gentle smile graced her face and lit fires in her eyes. Yes, she was looking at him differently. And she had given him hope that she saw him differently too.
Gigi stared at the computer screen, willing the screen to change. But, despite her wishing, the link was still there, the link sending people to order that horrible tape. No matter how many times she press refresh, it was still there, staring at her, taunting her.
She wanted desperately to get some information, to talk to her brother or Fitz but she felt nervous about contacting either of them, especially considering she broke a promise. She thought back to that rash decision to call George. She still found it difficult to think about that conversation. She had mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it had been an incredibly rash decision, and not really one she was proud of. On the other hand, William had said that it had helped. But she wasn’t sure if the help was enough to forgive the fact that she had broken her promise. She just couldn’t bring herself to contact either of them.
The buzz of her phone interrupted her thoughts. She looked down at her phone to notice a text from Fitz. She quickly opened the message.
Yo, GGD. Check the website
Her heart pumping, she clicked the refresh button. The page loaded, but it looked decidedly different. The video order link was down. Gigi smiled. It looked like the nightmare had ended.
Almost three weeks passed from that last video. Gigi opened Lizzie’s newest video and couldn’t quite believe what she was watching. Lydia had told Lizzie what William had done. Not only that, but now Gigi knew exactly what William had done. She heard the buzz of her phone that she knew was Fitz.
You available for talking?
Gigi picked up her phone and dialed Fitz’ number.
“Yo GGD! You see the video?”
“Of course. Did you have anything to do with that?”
“Actually, no. As much as I would like to say that I put that little idea in the young Bennet’s head, it was not me.”
“Hmm. I would have expected it to be you.”
“It happens, GGD. If others hadn’t, I would have. The D-Man can’t get away with doing something like that and not getting any credit.”
“Yeah. It’s a new nickname I’m considering. What do you think?”
“I think William will hate it.”
“Well, that’s all the inspiration I need.”
Gigi laughed and she and Fitz talked for quite some time after that about how long it will take for Lizzie and William to talk about this new turn of events. It was the happiest she had been in a long time.
As we’re at the semester’s midpoint, now is a good time to ask everyone if they could please take a few minutes to offer their input.
Even if you’re not actively partcipating in a class (turning in assignments), as long as you’ve been paying some measure of attention to this project we can use your comments.
You can find the survey here. All questions marked with a red star are mandatory. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Also, to get the conversational ball started - what do people’s Saturdays look like for a hangout (probably short - about an hour) this weekend?
How are your midterm assignments going?
We’ve already received a few, but don’t feel rushed if you haven’t made much progress! You have until next Saturday to turn them in.
If you need any help, feel free to ask (especially if you’re doing meta).
We haven’t heard much from you guys about the hangout, so we will probably schedule a hangout sometime during the week and see how many of you are interested and will show up.
Thank you! Don’t forget to be awesome!
Sure, we haven’t had any big assignments yet but if you want you can get started in the midterm! Details posted.
Haven’t really heard much from you guys on the hangout idea- please let us know what you guys think and tell us any suggestions you have! It would help a lot! Thanks! -Megan
Don’t forget to send us your preferences on when to have our class hangout(s)!!!
Reblog with date and time or send us an ask!
Thank you, and DON’T FORGET TO BE AWESOME!
Write 300-500 words of meta or fic.
Due March 9, 2013.
Hey, guys, it’s Megan with a weekend update!
If you haven’t already, take a look at the updated syllabus. It contains both new and old information on the rest of the semester.
During the course of this semester, you only have two major graded assignments: your midterm and your final exam. These assignments are to write 300-500 words of meta or fic. For your midterm, you get to choose which you will produce, but for your final you must complete the other option. For example, if you write 300-500 words of fic for your midterm, your final will be 300-500 words of meta.
In the updated syllabus, you’ll notice that we added an extra week for your big assignments. Since you only have two, we decided to give you more time to complete each assignment. Hopefully the added time will allow you to work it into your individual schedules.
Ian and I have been discussing hosting a Google + hangout for the class. This is something the LBD fandom does quite often and is usually fun and interesting! We were hoping to bring the class together for help on the midterm, discussion about LBD, and fun socializing with your classmates and teachers! The only problem is, everyone has different schedules and in some cases are in different time zones. What we want to know is what dates and times would be most ideal for you personally. The hangout should take place sometime between today (February 23) and March 9 (the day the midterm paper is due). Please reblog this post with the dates and times that would work best for you, or send an ask with your preferences. From there we can schedule a hangout or two to bring the class together for some fun discussion! Thank you for your help, and we hope to see you soon!
Until then, start forming some ideas for your midterm and be ready for discussion in the next few weeks! Don’t forget to let us know what times you would be able to join a hangout!
FanUni LBD Syllabus Spring 2013
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Lectures Saturdays 12:00 pm EST (may vary)
Megan - https://meganskyeis.tumblr.com/
Ian - https://ibmiller.tumblr.com/
(Official Fandom University Statement)
Ever wanted to get graded on your fandom feels? Attend a class where the professor made entire PowerPoints explaining all possible pairings for a character? Take an exam consisting of hardcore canon trivia?
Well, now you can!
Over the course of the semester, the professor will post ‘lectures’. These may be in the form of PowerPoint presentations, videos, text, or any combination thereof. Assignments will be given to course students, and the professor will be in charge of grading the results (unless otherwise specified). Further specifics will be determined by individual professors.
These classes will serve as a basic entertainment source. You will be attending classes pertaining to your interests, alongside only the most eager students. You will be rewarded for your knowledge and regaled for your participation.
Your professor will send you your grade and a reward for taking the course. This reward will be related to the course you took, and may take various forms (including, but not limited, to: fanfic, fanart, fanvid, etc).
We’d like to approach this course with the goal of helping everyone involved (teachers, students, gawkers) to become more equipped to enjoy and contribute to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries fandom. To that end, we’ll cover the history of the fandom, some basics on meta and fic reading and writing, and hopefully a lot of fun!
Lectures will be posted or linked on the main course blog, and will be either text or video format. Responses can be text or video, and will be weekly.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (www.youtube.com/lizziebennet)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (https://www.pemberley.com/etext/PandP/index.html)
The Internet (as a source, including www.google.com)
Other readings/links provided by the instructors.
Weekly responses (not mandatory, but enrich the experience)
Academic Honesty Policy:
Please don’t be stealing other peep’s stuff without crediting them. Cause that’s rude.
Hah, we don’t have a policy for that.
Please show respect to all participants, whether you agree with their opinions (relating to fandom or RL) or not. Failure to do so will result in frowny faces from the teachers. Also, as a general guideline, try to keep content and language roughly to the same level as that of canon (a high PG or low PG-13, from American film rating standards).
(Schedule is subject to adjustment)
The History of LBD
The History of Pride and Prejudice (and Jane Austen)
Introduction to Meta
Introduction to Fanfic
Location, Location, Location
Midterm Week 1
Midterm Week 2
Tone and Creators
Final Week 1
Final Week 2, Goodbyes
Lecture will be posted on Monday! Be ready! It will be awesome.
Also, I’m updating the syllabus. We’re moving some things around, so check up on it in a little while.
What did you guys think of Gigi’s video today? How do you feel about this new perspective we had access to?
1) What is a fic you love (whether one you read months ago and it remains with you, or just read yesterday and think is just perfect)? Provide a link and a short summary of why you love it.
2) Optional: what is a fic you’ve written that you are proud of?
To submit your assignment, just reblog this post with your answers below!
When I first got involved in fandom, in 1998 or so, I was thrilled to discover that there were other people who wanted to know what happened next, what happened in between, and what happened before. For a few years, that’s all I saw fanfiction as - merely a continuation of the original. But when I joined the Jane Austen fandom in 2003, I started understanding that fanfic is about more than just extrapolation and a bit of emotional satisfaction - it’s about conversation. Just as a book of essays analyzing the feminist themes adds to a reader’s knowledge of Jane Austen’s time period and how it relates to our own, so a modern AU (like Lizzie Bennet Diaries itself) shows how we see Lizzie Bennet if she lived among us. Fanfic allows us not just to say how we perceive the characters and why we love or hate them - it forces us to demonstrate through the way we have them act - it, in the horribly cliched writing advice parlance, makes us show rather than tell.
Lizzie Bennet Diaries fanfic has been quite rich. On the whole, we have an abundance of mid-length one-shots, probably partly because those are the ideal length for a writing session. I would theorize that the lack of full-length, chaptered, epic fics is because we still don’t quite know the endgame of this series, and so we don’t want the kind of effort it would take to be canonballed (though there are some really lovely in-progress AU chaptered fics).
An interesting observation on LBD fics is that because of the nature of the series, many fics have chosen to not just follow a straight narrative pattern, but actually incorporate some aspect of the vlogging format into their own style. In general, I’ve found that aping the vlog format in print isn’t the best option, but sometimes it works quite well. Sometimes the incorporation of the format is more just in the way they show that Lizzie’s life is more than just the videos, enriching the narrative by showing interstitial content and what leads to some of the things we hear about.
All in all, the field of LBD fanfic is very rich, and increasing every day!
I’ve decided that unless you request it, I’m not going to grade assignments. I want to promote discussion, not judge it! So I’ll be sending asks to your box when you post assignments with my thoughts and reactions! Let me know if you want something different!
After watching John Green’s video about how and why we read, reblog this assignment and talk about why you watch LBD. Remember, this is more than just a personal expression - this is a communication, trying to share your ideas and start conversations with others about the narrative. (In other words, please don’t merely respond with, “Because of the FEELS.”)
Hello class! It’s Megan with another link-based lecture. This week, we will be discussing meta and its relation to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Why do we read?
When it comes to reading, a lot of times we as an audience are pretty close-minded when it comes to analyzing a work. We cringe when teachers instruct us to find hidden meaning and react to the information we’re absorbing. We often consider reading, listening, and viewing as solitary acts that don’t require a reaction. And while that can sometimes be true, your responses are what make a work so enjoyable.
I’m not very good at explaining things, so let’s pass it over to someone who is. Here’s John Green, the excellent young adult author and co-founder of Brotherhood 2.0/Vlogbrothers on YouTube (and brother to LBD co-creator Hank Green).
What is meta?
“Meta” is short for “metafictional,” in other words, writing about a narrative from a specifically out-of-universe perspective (as opposed to fanfic, which is writing about a narrative from a specifically in-universe perspective).
In your assignment this week you will be creating meta about The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. For some of you, this is your natural mode of relating to the narrative. For some of you, this will be alien and uncomfortable. However, as Green says, all narratives are created to communicate with audiences - and it’s often nice to think about what exactly is being communicated. It’s this simple process that constitutes the art of meta.
So, this week, think about how LBD is created and why. What do you think about meta? What do you like or dislike about it? Would you rather write or read meta?
Again, I’m not the best at explaining things, but I found this great blog about meta:
This blog approaches meta from a slightly different perspective - like all terms, “meta” has a rapidly evolving and changing meaning. According to this blog, “meta” is fiction that is aware it is fiction. In that sense, LBD itself is very metafictional, in the sense that the characters are aware that they are telling a story to an audience while simultaneously living out that story.
However, “meta” as used on most blogs generally refers to fan writing as commentary and analysis of narratives.
Here are some great examples of this kind of meta about LBD:
Hopefully through these links and my confusing explanations this lecture has at least somewhat enlightened you as to what meta is. Feel free to ask questions or start a discussion with your classmates.
Have a great weekend!
Levels of Discourse
Hi, there! It’s your other co-teacher, Ian! It’s so nice to see you!
I’d like to take a moment, before you start your very own meta-writing adventures, to talk a bit about levels of discourse. To illustrate what I’m talking about, have a nice webcomic!
Here you see two distinctly different types of communication. One is instinctive, reactive, and (in my not-very-humble opinion) less concerned with articulation than emotional release. The other is highly crafted (perhaps the point of obscurity), emotionally precise yet intellectually rigorous.
Naturally, no one expects your meta to be Shakespeare (unless you expect it of yourself). But I do think that the best meta tends to have a higher amount of thoughtfulness than basic tumblr “feels” posts do. There’s a sense that you want to communicate with your audience, engage their minds and hearts, rather than primarily focusing on communicating your own feelings to the reader. The former, I find, tends to stick with me longer than the latter.
So, while I value the outlet tumblr gives for venting our frustrations and passions, I also want to encourage the development of a more communal, stimulating discourse about LBD (and everything)!
This has been an announcement by your local lit-nerd snob. :)
(Also, here’s a little secret: with you last assignment, classifying yourself as a Jane Austen fan, you’ve already written some meta! Well done!)
Just a reminder - the next lecture and assignment go up tomorrow at noon (EST), so if you can, reblog the third assignment with your answers!
Just a note to say that I’m modelling this course more on a graduate seminar type of course. So the purpose of the assignments is to encourage interaction with the material and with your fellow students, and as such, we’re not assigning grades to the weekly assignments. The midterm and final will, of course, receive some form of evaluation, but as this is an evolving endeavor, we are still working out what the best way to provide that feedback will be!
Given the four types of Jane Austen fan (Janeite, Gentle Jane, Ironic Jane, and Subversive Jane), what kind are you, and why? Remember that to submit your assignment, simply reblog this post with your answers below the text!
Lecture 3! The History of Jane Austen Fandom!
Listen to the New Mediacracy podcast with Bernie, Ashley, Mary Kate, and Jenni (about 1 hours 40 minutes). Write a few sentences about something interesting you learned/want to discuss about the creation of the show! As always, to submit your assignment, reblog this post with your text after the assignment portion!
So, just to let anyone who is lurking know, you can, of course, jump in on assignments at any time. Also, anyone who is currently enrolled but doesn’t feel up to the current assignments, please remember two things:
1) If you don’t have time, don’t do it! We want your job or official school to be the best it can be, and this to make your life happier, not more stressed.
2) The assignments can be as intensive or relaxed as you feel comfortable with. If you want to write three paragraphs of incisive commentary and debate - great! We as teachers will definitely work with you! And if you just want to write a couple of thoughts in your head at the time - great! We as teachers as so glad you can be here and feel comfortable sharing that part of yourself!
So, carry on!