Title: Happy New Year Author: Kindle-the-Stars
Source: Lizzie Bennet Diaries Character(s): Lizzie B. & Will D.
Rating: T Genre(s): Romance / Drama
Chapter(s): 1 Status: Complete
Author’s Synopsis: A Lizzie Bennet Diaries fic – when Lizzie is at Pemberley’s new years party, she and Darcy find themselves alone in his office for the countdown to midnight.
Happy New Year, Readers!! So long 2017 and welcome 2018! Let’s make this a better year.
To start this year off, I’m reviewing a New Year’s one-shot. I was actually looking for Pride and Prejudice fan fiction but I found some Lizzie Bennet Diaries (a web-series that is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice); thus, I was all in.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am your reviewing host, the Fan Fic Reviewer; here to read the good, the bad, and those that should never exist in fan fiction. Welcome to the first day of 2018 and we’re kicking this off with a good one-shot. I think for this one, I’m just going to free-write this review; no need to make this one very structured.
The story takes place on the very last day of Lizzie’s stay in LA at Pemberley Inc. before Jane makes her aware of what’s happened with Lydia. At the Pemberley Inc’s New Year’s Eve party Lizzie and Will sneak off to his office to enjoy a glass of scotch. Over the glass of scotch Will shares with Lizzie a few of the reasons why he’s attracted to her – things that he never mentioned during his confession, per usual. Then when the countdown occurs the two share a romantic kiss that turns a little steamy but is interrupted by Gigi.
I enjoyed the story for it being a one-shot that could have taken place during the series but never mentioned on the blog – I mean there were other (bigger) things going on like the countdown to George having sex with Lydia and recording it for the world to see. The story was sweet and added its own flair to the source. Like the fact that Darcy’s not much of a drink and has an exclusive taste in alcohol, and Darcy opening up about some of the things that attract him to Lizzie. Things like that help build from the original material.
One of my favorite points in the story was when Lizzie and Will talk about why Will holds an empty beer bottle during the party. The explanation makes so much sense and it helps shape Will’s character; he carries the bottle around so no one can offer him a drink – it’s foolish to offer someone a drink when they already have a drink. It also leads into the conversation of Will’s drinking preference while tying back to previous encounters Lizzie and Will have had – him having a micro beer at Carters. It’s a small thing but it’s a great, natural interaction that expands on the characters while acknowledging previous events.
Now, let’s address the New Year’s kiss scene because – let’s face it – that is the goal of the story. In some ways it’s pretty cliché but it works with the characters. Will asking for permission first, the first kiss being chaste – an invitation to more, and Lizzie being the one to initiate the steamier second kiss. The pacing is just right and the build up is effective; overall, it’s a good scene for the characters and doesn’t try to take it further than necessary.
Gigi’s interruption is a bit cliché too, but it makes sense. Gigi at least announces her presence a few seconds before appearing in the room – giving Will and Lizzie a little time to react – and her first actions are to wish them both a Happy New Year. She doesn’t immediately tease them and when she does it’s a light teasing; she doesn’t make the situation awkward.
Overall, this is a cute story and a great way to start off the New Year. It’s simple yet effective. It builds onto the characters and the events of the web series without making anything unnecessarily complicated or awkward. This is a great, effective one shot. Definitely one I would recommend for Lizzie Bennet Diaries fans.
Stars: 8 / 10