Being Charlotte: The Case of Charlotte Lu(cas) in Pride and Prejudice and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012-2013) is a web series adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (1813) which recontextualizes the plot and characters of the novel in 21st century America, using new interactive media such as YouTube. A lot of research around this series has already been done, looking at the use of interactive media, as well as the character of Lydia Bennet, which has undergone some significant changes. In this thesis, my aim is to add to this body of research, by looking at the character of Charlotte Lu(cas). I have analysed both the novel, as well as the series, paying special attention to the transmedia aspect of the adaptation, as well as the historical contexts of both works from a feminist perspective. By placing Charlotte Lucas in a more historical context, the nuance of her character is revealed; she is neither decidedly feminist nor uncritical of the patriarchal structures of 19th century society. The same can be said for Charlotte Lu. The use of transmedia adaptation allows for the creation of a more vocal Charlotte, as well as a Charlotte who has more agency over her own representation. Moreover, because Lu is Chinese American, and because she does not have any love interest in the series, she also represents a more intersectional and diverse view of women, which is in line with third wave feminism. By looking at Charlotte Lu(cas) from a feminist perspective in both works, the nuance as well as the strength of these characters, namely their ability ti represent a dissenting voice, is revealed more clearly.