“What if he’s gay? What if he’s a serial killer? What if he’s a gay serial killer?”
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a classic, the first of the literary inspired web series. It’s a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, told through the vlogs of Lizzie Bennet, a grad student whose mother is insistent on setting up each of her three daughters with a handsome, rich young man. When their new neighbor turns out to be exactly that, a med student named Bing Lee, Lizzie, her sisters Jane and Lydia, and her best friend Charlotte all find themselves entangled in the lives of Bing and his friend William Darcy, an off-putting fellow who Lizzie immediately despises.
Categorization: One and Done
Despite the above quote, which acknowledges the existence of gay people in an early video, it takes a while for them to show up. Even with the arrival of Fitz Williams in episode 56, the series’ only gay character, it’s easy to miss confirmation of his sexuality if not following the transmedia. All in all, the inclusion of Fitz’s sexuality is a nice thought, but the series itself is overwhelmingly heterosexual.