Tuesday, March 5, 2013

On being obsessed with YouTube

So today I had like three people tell me (in person) that they actually read this blog. Which is nice and validating, but it also reminded me that I haven't posted in forever. I did get a Tumblr account though! Probably a bad decision, but if you ever want further insight into my weird mind, go ahead and check it out. You've been warned.

I wish I had more to report, but mostly this semester's just been the usual--busy, busy, busy. There were a few notable things though:

My last BYU basketball home game. I managed to get second row seats by being sneaky (which I felt a little bad about but not really) and even though we lost, I still teared up. BYU basketball's been a huge part of my life the past four years and I'm so glad I got to go to most of the games. There's nothing like the Marriott Center during a high-stakes conference game. Especially during Jimmermania.

Last week I attended the Matt and Kim/Passion Pit concert with Hillary and Cori. It was so much fun (especially watching Hillary completely fangirl). Also, it's so nice to be 21 and go into the 21 and older sections now. So much more chill and enjoyable.

I GOT MY CAP AND GOWN!! This means I'm officially graduating or something. Still feels unreal. 

That's about it for now. I hope to have some more exciting news soon! (Ooh cryptic...)

But for now let's talk about my latest obsession: YouTube! And I'm not just talking about awesome goat remixes and Harlem Shake videos here.  I'm talking about full-on web series and vlog channels that are professionally produced. I know I'm way late on the bandwagon here, but they are just so addicting! They're short, so you feel more justified in watching them. (Of course until you've gone through like 50 episodes and your day is shot.) They're usually pretty high quality, clever, and just really enjoyable. Technology has really changed how we view things, and I wouldn't be surprised if web series soon become a part of the mainstream, being nominated for Emmys and whatnot. (The new Arrested Development, possibly?)

Here are some of my favorites. Say goodbye to your next few days. You're welcome :)

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

A modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries follows Lizzie, a 24-year-old grad student, as she vlogs about her family, friends, and the incorrigible Mr. Darcy. In addition to being hilarious and filled with great actors, this series is one of the most clever adaptations I've seen. They really have time to delve deep into each character and as such, characters such as Lydia and Georgiana, who don't have much of a role in the book, become some of my favorites. Mary Kate Wiles, who plays Lydia, is one of the breakout stars of the series and is someone who will be going places. And the hipster William Darcy is very attractive. Even though you don't see him until episode 60 (but it's very worth the wait).

Another thing I love about this series is that in addition to the basic videos, there are also spinoffs and transmedia elements that give more layers to the story. Each of the characters have Twitter accounts, for example, and The Lydia Bennet series really has an amazing and heartbreaking arc that delves deep into the character and her relationship with Wickham.

Here's one of my favorite episodes that gives a good taste of the humor and modern feel. (Also, this one's probably the worst in terms of suggestive content and language. It's pretty clean throughout the series. Although I'm not sure what that says about me since this is one of my favorites...hmm)



DailyGrace

I just discovered Grace Helbig's videos, and they have kept me up for far longer than I care to admit. This girl is hilarious, and she's been vlogging for four years strong. She's got a good system in place now at this point, and pretty much every video is guaranteed to be hilarious. If you REALLY want to waste time, check these out.



Squaresville

I saw that Mary Kate Wiles was in another series, so I had to check it out. It's called Squaresville, a show about two girls trying to navigate life in their boring town. It's quirky and a little strange, but I really enjoyed the first season. Season 2 was just released, and I think I like it even better. Check it:



There are many more awesome web series out there (the VlogBrothers can do no wrong, for instance), but these are the ones I've been obsessing over lately. Do you guys know of any cool web series that I should check out?

Thanks, bye!

6 comments:

  1. All great YouTube channels. Welcome to the YouTube community! Feel free to stay a while. YouTube is by far my all-time favorite website.

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    1. Ha thanks! I know I'm a little late on all of it, but it's good to be included. I think I will stay a while :)

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  2. I love the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and also just discovered DailyGrace! They are fantastic, as are your tastes. :) I'll have to check out Squaresville, sounds interesting. Have you watched Hipsterhood? It's pretty great too.

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    1. Of course I've seen Hipsterhood, it has Darcy! Haha love it. PS we need to hang out more!

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  3. You should blog more often, because I love it when you do. Two things--your friend on the right in the picture with you at the BYU basketball game looks like leslie from the bachelor (see here: bit.ly/Wu7FYO). Second--I totally started watching the LB Diaries and love it! It's hilarious! I will have to watch some of these other shows too because I need so much more tv to watch (sarcasm--they really need a font for it). I guess there's a third thing...don't graduate and leave me!!!! I guess NY is a pretty good place to leave me for though. I'll be there with ya soon :D

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    1. Haha that's Ashley--and she does! I'll have to tell her, she's obsessed with The Bachelor.

      And of course you will be visiting me, so I'm not even that sad about leaving :)

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