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The answer to Kiss Me Kate: Shrew That!

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Shrew That, a new literary web series, is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, shot at and near Monmouth College in Illinois. We recently had a chance to get the scoop on the show from co-creators Katie Struck and Rachel Laing. BookTrib: So what’s the premise? Shrew That: Shrew That is a modern re-envisioning of The Taming of the Shrew told from the perspective of two sisters, Bianca and Kate Baptista, who are also roommates at Padua University. A new transfer, Bianca attends a fraternity party to make friends, and is inundated with attention from the boys. She escapes by mentioning her father’s rule from her high school years that she cannot date until her sister…

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Webheads favorite kiss revealed — and this week’s episodes

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What makes a great literary web series kiss? What makes us get lightheaded, warms us up, and causes our knees to vicariously buckle? We love how Lizzie Bennet, Emma Woodhouse, Vic Frankenstein and Alice Rackham all initiated their kisses. Kyle Walters, doing double duty as Peter Pan and Sanditon’s Ed Denham, gets bonus points for technique. After all they had fought through, Carmilla and Laura’s kiss was a triumphant declaration that love conquers all. And after 95 episodes of waiting, could anything top Dizzie Day? Here at Webheads, we had a lot of trouble picking our choice for Best Kiss. And judging by how the vote is spread out, you did, too! As we went live, Lizzie and Darcy were…

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Warm up your Valentine’s Day with your favorite web series

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Baby it’s cold outside, but Webheads will have no trouble getting hot and bothered this Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s Dizzie, A+ or Éclair, we never forget that first kiss. For your voting pleasure we have compiled some of our favorite literary webseries kisses in our latest poll, Webheads’ Favorite Kiss. Go watch and vote, then come back next week to find out the winner. Happy voting! ALL GOOD THINGS… Green Gables Fables has reached the end of Season One. Shirbert shippers were thrilled that Gil and Anne became friends at last, but when will we get Season Two? Relive the finale, then watch the series from the beginning. FUTURE PERFECT North Hangin’, a modern adaption of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey,…

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Hey Webheads, thinking of producing your own web series?

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So watching Lit for Webheads  has inspired you and you want to shoot your own literary web series. All a Webhead needs to get started is an idea, a computer and the right production equipment. Since few of us know where to start, we’re here to help! Recently a young producer I know invested in basic equipment. She is just starting out, so a lot of thought and research went into balancing cost with practicality. As inspiration, let’s look at what she uses. To upload HD quality video either directly or indirectly to the internet, and livestream to a tablet, she has a Canon VIXIA HF R52, with an added camera pan table. It also has a removable data card…

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Care Center keeps Webheads’ world humming

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Webheads works tirelessly to keep you up on the best in literary web series. But where do we feed our addiction? Meet the LBD Care Center. We talked to the resident director about its beginnings, and how it has come to be an indispensable resource for new literary web series. BookTrib: So, what is LBD Care Center? LBDCC: During its run, fans of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries started tweeting that they were addicted to it. I originally created the LBD Care Center as a role play on Twitter. It was an imaginary center for LBD addiction, where people could gather,  be taken care of, and continue the LBD adventure. (The center has even opened branches in Sanditon and in Neverland.) I…

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Inside the secret garden of The Misselthwaite Archives with showrunner Aileen Sheedy

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How do you go about transforming a beloved childhood novel into an adult, 21st-century web series? With The Misselthwaite Archives, Pencil Ink Productions in Portland, Oregon has done just that with Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved classic, The Secret Garden. BookTrib sat down with showrunner Aileen Sheedy to find out more. Aileen Sheedy: After the death of her parents, surly teenager Mary Lennox moves to her uncle’s large, lonely estate along Misselthwaite Creek in Oregon. Mary hates her new home, where it rains constantly and strange noises echo from the basement, but she soon takes an interest in finding the hidden forest glade where her aunt passed away several years before. BT: What inspired you to adapt The Secret Garden? AS:…

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Misselthwaite Archives brings The Secret Garden into the 21st century

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What do you get when you bring childhood favorite The Secret Garden into the 21st century? The newest web series, The Misslethwaite Archives, explores the mystical story of Mary Lennox, reimagined as an orphaned teenager adjusting to life on her uncle’s Oregon estate. She hates it, but becomes absorbed in trying to find the hidden forest glade where her aunt passed away many years before. Viewer art, fan fiction and mixes will help tell the story and become part of canon. Series launch is January 23; episodes air Wednesdays and Fridays. ALL GOOD THINGS Classic Alice went dark on us for a week, and the Season 1 finale was worth the wait, but now we really want Books 8+! Watch…

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