Unfinished Austen Novel Finds New Life Through Collaborative Web Series

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Over the summer, the creators of the Emmy Award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries launched an experimental follow-up project based on an unfinished Jane Austen novel. In Welcome to Sanditon, audience members were invited to assume roles as Sanditon residents while a modernized interpretation of Austen’s final work unfolded as a web series.

Pemberley Digital’s The Lizzie Bennet Diaries recently took home a Creative Arts Emmy for Original Interactive Program for its web adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The web series reframed Austen’s classic in a modern setting, allowing the characters to live out their fictional lives outside the show’s main YouTube channel, interacting freely across dozens of social media platforms. On October 7th, the team at Pemberley Digital will be returning to play in Jane Austen’s universe with the release of their next major production, Emma Approved. But between The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved, Pemberley Digital turned to one of Jane Austen’s lesser-known works for an experiment in transmedia storytelling with Welcome to Sanditon.

Read more at Wired

By Michael Andersen, originally posted at ARGNet

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