Q: How did you make the decision for Lizzie to be Lizzie and not Lizzy as she was in the book? I was just wondering earlier and it’s an interesting change.
A: Ah the question I’ve been waiting for. Well not really. But I am surprised at how long it took for this question to hit my ask box. I remember when we started this thing and we’d have several YT comments saying something to the tune of “This is wrong… isn’t she Lizzy in the book?”
Analyzing it, you could probably imagine several reasons why she’s “Lizzie”…
1. Calling her Lizzie differentiates her from her 1800 counterpart.
2. Lizzie is a “cooler” and more modernized way to spell her name.
3. The Lizzy Bennet Diaries looks aesthetically strange. Why is that y there? Why is it the only letter in the title that breaks the lower plane. That’s weird looking.
But in reality none of those reasons are why she’s named Lizzie. Yes they are great results of calling her that but here’s the REAL REASON why she’s Lizzie.
Back when Hank and I were doing early development of the show, I told him that “I wanted to call her Lizzie instead of Lizzy?” - Which he agreed with (probably for some of the reasons listed above).
And why did I want that in the first place? It’s actually really, really simple.
I wanted our “Lizzie” to be spelled with an IE because my name is “Bernie” and Bernie is spelled with an IE =)