The best of Youtube Fan-Videos

Firstly, I have to apologise for the bulk of these videos being the 2005 Keira Knightley version, however most of the fan-made videos on youtube are made of clips from this version.  I have, however, endeavoured to include both the 2005 and the 1995 BBC version to give us some variety.  I chose these following videos based on originality, song choice, flow and however much I liked them.If you have any that you particularly like, then post a comment!

This video, a six minute long mash-up to the song “Everything” by Lifehouse, has had almost six hundred thousand views (and is 5 starred out of over two thousand views).  Quite an incredible feat.  It has a great sense of rhythm, although the middle gets a tad jumbled, and adds something else to the 2005 film by merging different shots together, adding tones of sepia, inversed colour and black and white, and keeping some of the audio over the music.  It’s quite a romantic, longing, take on the film and ends with the American (alternative) ending, also known as the “Mrs. Darcy” ending where they actually kiss.  I hadn’t actually heard this song before this video, and I really like it- and I think it fits in a roundabout way to the P&P concept.

And here is a piece that has a narrative all of its own.  2005 version to OneRepublic’s awesome song “Apologize”, this video has not only rhythm (demonstrated fantastically on opening with the music and the dancing matching perfectly) and relevance but it also has a completely new storyline to it.  A bit in from the beginning is slightly pixellated, but that’s my only criticism.  I just can’t stop watching!

This is a great clip-montage of the 1995 BBC version using the song “Shattered” by Trading Yesterday.  Although it takes a little while to get used to the rock-edge music backing this classical piece, it’s actually a nice feel when your feet find the ground.  If you find that you like this, then also check out this video by the same youtuber using the song “Here Without You” by 3 Doors Down.  I think I prefer the second one as it fits the words to the pictures better, what do you think?  The first video also has a more depressing emotion to it, by beginning with the refused proposal and then clipping between both of them.  This is Yet Another video, by the same youtuber, but it needs a mention here.  1995 BBC version to the song “Stupid Girls” by P!nk. Certainly not just your old Lizzy and Darcy romance.  It’s just absolutely hilarious, and deserves a watch.

And another BBC version: 

This one is a little bit low on the video quality side, but has a beautiful control of the beat, and shows this when it switches frames, particularly to dancing or movement shots.  The song “Look After You” by The Fray is also great to have been chosen, it’s melodic and really thoughtful.

Unfortunately, this AMAZING video hasn’t got embedding allowed, so I’m just going to give you the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fNIwQHhYMc

This video has a very different take to the 2005 version, and I was surprised at how well it turned out.  It is the story of Lizzy and her Father, and it is extremely beautiful.  The video is set to the song “I loved her first” by Heartland, and it is very touching.  It’s great to see what different things can be done with the storyline, and I also found parts of the film I didn’t even remember details about (seeing the father in the background of the ball scene at the end).  It is fantastic, although it ends on a rather abrupt note which I thought ruined it slightly, but it also matches the lyrics to what you see on screen which is refreshing.  I really suggest you go and watch it.

So there you have it!  The best finds from youtube of Pride and Prejudice.  There must be hundreds of fan-made videos out there: some funny, some thought provoking and some seriously depressing, and they are all interesting in their own right.  Go and dig some up and post them below, I’m always looking for more quality entertainment.

Honourable mentions: Pride and Prejudice to Coldplay’s The Scientist and this BBC Dance-video version of Pride and Prejudice to KT Tunstall’s “Hold On”.

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