University of Western Australia
Charlotte’s choice to marry Mr Collins is central to her agency in Pride and Prejudice, and therefore analysing how adaptations represent her marriage is key to understanding Charlotte’s role in new versions of Pride and Prejudice. This article will cover two adaptations of Pride and Prejudice: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012-2014), a modern adaptation in the form of a YouTube web series following Lizzie Bennet’s vlog; and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009) by Seth Graham-Smith, a ‘literary mashup’ rewrite of the original novel that juxtaposes comedy-of-manners with gory gothic violence. Both adaptations respond to and reinvent the agency of a character who cares more about stability than independence. This article will explore how these adaptations alter Charlotte’s choice to marry Mr Collins, and how these alterations affect the meaning of each.
Keywords: adaptation, pride and prejudice, Charlotte Lucas, agency, modernising, webseries, literary mashup, zombie, monstrous, women