I am an absolute web series fiend. I watch every video and I follow the characters and the actors on twitter and Instagram. I think what I like best about web series is the confessional style vlogs that immerse you in their world, they tell you their worries, their secrets and about what’s happening in their lives and somehow, you can’t help but care. I’m just an enthusiastic observer, some fans properly engage with the show and characters but I draw the line there. While I love to watch, talking to the characters as if they’re real people feels next level strange but obviously, to each their own. Anyway, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite web series that I cannot recommend highly enough!
Nothing Much to Do
Watch here: Nothing Much to Do
Nothing Much to Do is a Web series based on Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ created by a group of New Zealand film makers/students known as ‘The Candle Wasters’. While the series lacks the slick HD finish of some of the better funded projects out there, their haphazard and off the cuff style feels utterly authentic, something that a lot of the other web series really struggle to pull off. The shows quirkiness means it might not be the most accessible show for those first starting out into the world of web series but it’s definitely one of the best. Notable mention to the sequel Lovely Little Losers which is currently airing.
Watch here: Carmilla – Season One
If Joss Whedon ever wrote a web series about vampires, it would look a lot like this. Carmilla is based on a Vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu which predates Dracula by nearly 30 years. The quick and snappy jokes in the face of grave danger are very Buffy-esque but Carmilla has also carved out a niche of its own. With most of the major action – battles etc, happening off screen, Carmilla deftly side steps any bad CGI and gives us a chance to properly get to know the characters as they come storming, limping or skipping into protagonist Laura and Carmilla’s dorm room. It’s funny, well-written, addictive and expertly plotted with twists and cliffhangers galore. Highly recommend!
Green Gables Fables
Watch here: Green Gables Fables – Season One
This series really found its feet about mid-way through the first season. It’s a modern retelling of Anne of Green Gables with all of the characters we know and love including the whimsical Anne Shirley and the dashing Gilbert Blythe. The story is quaint and character driven though some of the dialogue is a little dated which can come across stilted – this can be forgiven though given the age of the source material! This series has so much heart. My favourite videos are the ones that Anne spends with a bunch of her friends such as the Christmas episode. It is also one of the first web series I’ve seen to tackle the death of a major character and my god is it moving! Season 2 has just started so there has never been a better time to hop aboard!
So the ones above would probably be my top three at the moment. I’m also watching From Mansfield With Love (Mansfield Park), Classic Alice which I used to love but am having serious issues with at the moment ( It’s in the freezer for me right now). Others I have watched and enjoyed in the past have been The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Emma Approved, The March Family Letters, The Misselthwaite Archives, The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, MsLabelled, In Earnest, Elinor and Marianne Take Barton and Frankenstein, MD. There are probably more that I can’t think of right now, but if you have any suggestions or thoughts please let me know in the comments below!
Until next time