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.