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Webseries Love: ‘Call Me Katie’ based on The Taming of the Shrew

Y’all, here again to spotlight another cute webseries I’ve fallen in love with. I don’t like it as much as any of my hallowed eight, but it’s romantic and fairly fast-paced and the leads have good chemistry together. Call Me Katie is loosely based on Taming of the Shrew and is somewhat similar to 10 Things I Hate About You. If you’re like me, you just want to see the Good Stuff, i.e. the leads interacting with each other, so here’s the first instance of that.

The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy Season 2!

New Adventures of Peter and Wendy is back!

New Web Series: ‘Young Like Us’

Young Like Us is a smart and funny new (ish) webseries about three best friends in New York City. Charlie is an aspiring actress/musician. Ava is trying to figure stuff out while balancing her demanding job. Mia has just moved in with her long-term boyfriend. The ebb and flow of their quick, looping dialogue feels incredibly real, as does the friendship between them, and Mia’s gym-rat boyfriend is a hilarious standout (appearing in the 7th episode). I like it.

New Web Series Alert: “The Misselthwaite Archives” Based on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I. Am SO excited for this. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 book is one of the most beloved children’s books in the world, and one of my personal favorite books, so utterly magical. The first episode of this dodges the mistakes I’ve seen a lot of webseries make as far as labored explication and overly-long dialogue; it jumps refreshingly straight into the story with an outspoken, sarcastic Mary, yet also lets viewers engage with her immediately by referencing her tragic past. I expect to love this. 

‘From Mansfield with Love’ Review: Web Series Based on Mansfield Park

I highlighted From Mansfield with Love when it first premiered, and wanted to check back in regarding my impressions of it now that it’s aired a dozen episodes. First off, the practical aspects of it as far as adapting Austen’s 18th-century story to a 21st-century world were, and continue to be, very cleverly done – reworking Fanny Price as a housekeeper/maid-of-all-work at a large hotel just makes so much sense and allows so many aspects of the story to fall into place organically and not feel forced. Frankie Price has worked as a housekeeper at Mansfield Hotel for years under a dictatorial manager, with only the support of her best friend Edmund to comfort her. Her brother Will sends her a camera and asks her to makes vlogs to document her life for him.

Now that it’s aired twelve episodes, I’m a little disappointed in the series on the whole. It seems sweet but uninspired (perhaps not entirely unlike the original novel, ha!) There are a few moments and scenes peppered here and there that are just wonderful, and interestingly, they’re mostly the moments that deviate entirely from the novel, when Frankie and Edmund hilariously riff off each other about imaginary scenarios or contemporary fantasy or literary worlds or the line of suitors presumably lining up outside Frankie’s door. There’s a sparkly, very endearing chemistry in those moments that’s kept me tuning in the series. On the whole, however, while the leads are engaging, the writing and dialogue are alternately quite exposition-heavy (i.e. episode 12 detailing exhaustively the details of the Crawford family), or just flat, consumed with domestic and daily details that don’t move plot or relationship forward. I do enjoy the series, but I recommend a light viewing schedule, feeling free to skip episodes or jump around within it to find the most interesting parts.

New Web Series Alert: ‘East & West’ based on Gaskell’s North and South

Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South is one of my favorite romantic novels of all time, I consider it a successor to Pride and Prejudice, so obviously I’m interested in a webseries adaptation of it. It’s a little unassuming but very cute so far, and I’m dying of curiosity to see who they cast as Thornton. Also, as a third culture kid, I completely identity with Margaret’s culture shock here.

Two Upcoming Web Series Based on Mansfield Park and Midsummer Night’s dReam

The creators of University Ever After are debuting A Midsemester’s Night’s Dream in late October. I didn’t like University Ever After, which was muddled and a little dull with far too many characters, so I’m a little hesitant going into it, but I do think that college is a perfect setting for the madcap events, general insomnia, and obsession with romance that characterize the story, so on that level I’m excited.

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And, Foot in the Door Theatre is debuting From Mansfield with Love on December 3! There’s not much info yet – “from Mansfield With Love is a contemporary adaptation of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, and is produced by UK – based company Foot in the Door Theatre.”

Follow on Tumblr and there’s a website and a Twitter. This I am excited for 🙂

New Webseries: “Shakes,” a Modern Adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet

Don’t tell anyone, y’all. I’m about to start ANOTHER webseries. Perhaps this weekend I’ll do a roundup review of all the ones I’ve seen recently, because it’s become quite the sickness. I can’t help it! There’s romance! Adaptations of my favorite Austen novels and Shakespeare plays! There’s easily-accessible viewing on Youtube! What’s not to love?

I just found out about this one, which is a mashup of Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet,  with Beatrice and Benedict as the main characters, a journalism student and young lawyer, respectively, and and am going to start the first episode tonight!

Your Next Romance Show: Classic Alice

Webseries have rapidly become my go-to for romance in the desert valley of television that is summer, and I’m in love yet again…this time with a series I initially rejected. Classic Alice starts out slow, and I recommend skipping around a little bit in the first two episodes, but by episode three it really kicks into gear and rapidly becomes charming and wonderful.

Alice is a university student who agrees to help out a friend by filming a documentary in which she reads and attempts to live out some aspect of a series of classic novels. The first two she does are Crime and Punishment (she commits a crime) and Pygmalion (she undertakes to makeover an engineering student to surprising results). Also, one of the characters is in love with Alice…and then two are. Delicious. You guys, have I ever steered you wrong? For your reference, I love The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy, and am not particularly fond of either Emma Approved or Frankenstein, MD, which I found to be underwhelming. The first ten episodes of Classic Alice have aired (you will want to make it to episode 10, trust me), and new ones come out every Tuesday.

The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy

If you are a cynical human being, head for the door, because the adorbs is strong with this one.

Still around? Good.

Because the producer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has a new show out, and it is completely worth your time. It’s very loosely  based on Peter Pan, though really that’s just an excuse to have some off-the-wall characters who live in a small town called Neverland in Ohio. It’s less romantic than LBD (though really, everything is less romantic than the Darcy/Lizzie romance), but it’s funnier and faster-paced; some of the one-liners and terms coined are GEMS (“hipster spinster”). Watch it. Fall in love.

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