A few months ago I wrote an article about some cool web series I think you should be checking out. Some time has passed, and if you did checked those out you may feel deprived as many of them have ended (although Classic Alice has recently restarted!). Due to this, I have compiled another list of five series that you should be watching. Some have recently started and others I hadn’t discovered yet, either way they’re just as good as those in my first list so do check these out!
- Nothing much to do
This New Zealand based series takes Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and sets it in modern-day. It’s funny, quirky, well-acted and adorable. I was actually recommended this series a while back and I’m so glad that I watched it. They’ve taken the charm of the play and played it out in such a way that is endearing to watch. Although some episodes may seem like filler when they get to the actual plot, you don’t regret watching the occasional non-plot related video. I would definitely recommend this series! Be aware that the series is told through multiple channels so, as to not get confused, watch the master playlist that has all the episodes (in order) from all the channels!
- I Didn’t Write This
If you liked Kissing in the Rain and enjoy reading literature you’re going to love this. From the director of Kissing in the Rain, this series is equally as cute and even shares the same actors on occasion. It’s more of a series of short films than it is a series but worth every second. It is essentially a piece of literature (a mixture of contemporary and classic) on film. With bits of scenery and the occasional adorableness of the couple in the episode you get magic! To an English Major like me this is perfection, but if you simply enjoy literature or if you’d like to learn about some pieces you may be interested in this is definitely for you.
This adaptation of Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu is pretty brilliant. Not only does it take the gothic vampire story to the hallways of a college dorm (without being the typical tired vampire story we are all used to after Twilight), but it has a lot of little mentions of epic fandoms. From the Doctor Who mug that Laura drinks from, to the fact that she genuinely believes that she can solve this mystery because she has seen all of Veronica Mars, this series is too entertaining not to watch. It is well written and well-acted and doesn’t have too many episodes in so go check it out!
- The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy
Another adaptation, this time of J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan. In this adaptation they’ve made the characters a little grown up as they struggle with the responsibilities of being an adult. They’ve set it in Neverland, Ohio a regular town that just-so-happens to have a fairy named Tinkerbell flying around, but other than that, it’s perfectly normal. This series is pretty funny and just got funded to make a second season.
- Green Gable Fables
So if you’ve read enough of my writing, you know that I have an unhealthy obsession with Jane Austen. However, I have a secondary obsession that is the obsession of Anne of Green Gables. This series is an adaptation of just that. Anne, who is 17 in this version, has recently moved to Avonlea, Saskatchewan (which is actually a real place) and has to deal with the same things the original Anne had to but in present day. I’m just waiting for them to introduce the second love of my life (the first being Mr. Darcy), Gilbert Blythe.
These series aren’t all made with large budgets and a lot are made by students and creative individuals with little to no money at all. If you love literature, or simply just want to be entertained in short intervals, check them out. The people involved will truly appreciate it and you will as well.