Web Video: Welcome To Sanditon
to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
, Gigi Darcy takes the viewers through Pemberly Digital's attempted expansion to the town of Sanditon.
The Web Video series is a Setting Update
based on Jane Austen
's last and unfinished novel Sanditon
. Gigi Darcy takes the role of Charlotte Heywood, the novel's heroine.
Much of the drama consists of Mayor Tom Parker's efforts to turn Sanditon into a tourist favourite health spot. He forces Clara Breton, an owner of Sanditon's ice-cream shop, to turn her business into a juice bar. He's helped by his assistant, Edward Denham. These four characters are the only main characters who appeared on-screen for a long time. The Griffiths were added later in the webseries; they are a brother and sister who are rivals in trying to install their gym business in Sanditon. Welcome to Sanditon
is also a multi-medium presentation: other characters contribute solely through Twitter
, such as a trio of Tom Parker's siblings or his wife Mary.Roleplaying
and Audience Participation
is another important aspect of the webseries. The creators asked their fans to create an online persona who can participate in the story, pretending to be either a resident of Sanditon or a visiting tourist. Usually every other part is a Breather Episode
, and they include either Clara's recipes or compiled cuts made of fan submitted videos. This reflects the original novel, which focused on how Sanditon's reputation was created, in some cases whole-cloth, through word-of-mouth and (the era's version of) social networking, and drew attention to the differences between the real town and the one its residents believed they lived in. The trade-off is a rather slower pace.
Finally, as the original novel has No Ending
(due to Author Existence Failure
), the creators wrote their own, wrapping up the story after 27 episodes.Link
to the channel Pemberley Digital.