The Web Series

26 Nov

Just the other day, I was trying to see just what in the world The Lizzie Bennett Diaries were, and I found it funny that someone had the idea to create a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice in vlog form, and it’s even more hilarious it worked enough to create some 60-odd episodes that is still going.  But that seems to be the beauty of the web series; you can get away with a lot more on the Internet.

I think the web series as a whole is successfully due to that diversity.  Do you want to review nostalgic terrible movies, or putrid video games while colorfully swearing to your heart’s content?  Go right ahead.  Are you less of the review type, and more of the slapstick comedy?  Or are you someone who wants to make a full-fledged TV show, and this is your way of proving to the networks your idea was perfectly realistic?  The web series allows all of that, and more.  But the best part about it probably isn’t the subject matter, it’s who is allowed to make one.

While it remains a tried and true format for independents, the major networks get a piece of the pie too, just in different ways.  A major network usually either provides backstory that the main show doesn’t have time to fit into the major plot (the Doctor Who Tardisodes), or like with AMC, the Talking Dead, gives bonus segments that you can see online, blurring that gap between what’s shown on the television screen and what’s shown on a computer screen.

According to internetworldstats.com, about 34% of the world are Internet users and to break it down even further 78% of the population in North America are Internet users.  Hypothetically, all of those users are potential viewers.  It certainly blows Nielsen out of the water.

I don’t know too much about the history of the web series, but it’s nice to see that we aren’t going to ignore it’s growing potential.

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2 Responses to “The Web Series”

  1. hleskosky November 27, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    Something that I find very interesting about the web series form is that not only can anyone make one, anyone can comment/react to them (unless that ability has been unabled, which I’m sure some people do). Could this ability to respond and be acknowledged as a viewer be a contributer to why the form is so popular? Whether the commenters ask questions that are answered by the show’s creator, make comments that many other viewers “like”, or make a response video that gets watched by other viewers of the web series to maybe draw attention to their own youtube channel. I’m not sure if it’s done too much in the Lizzie Bennett Diaries, but at least sometimes viewers will leave questions and a web series will actually call out the viewer and answer the question. That could be pretty big for someone–having the show they watch call them out specifically. I’m sure this helps create a very loyal fanbase, because as a fan, you feel like you matter and are appreciated by the show you watch. I’m just speculating here, because I’m not a big web series person and certainly am not a commenter, but I do love to read the comments of videos to see how off-track the conversations can get or maybe to learn things I didn’t know about the web series (for example, with the Lizzie Bennett Diaries, I loved reading viewer speculations of how certain elements of Pride and Prejudice would be adapted to this form). I’m sure the web series is just going to get more popular especially if viewers feel like they can have their voice heard (seen?)

    • hleskosky November 27, 2012 at 7:29 am #

      *Whoops–accidentally spelled Bennet with two “t”s. Momentary brain lapse. Sorry!

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