Lydia Bennet is one of the most iconic silly-girls in all of literature. I imagine she could fit so many roles in modern romance stories. It is Lydia who, in spite of her life altering mistakes, makes it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to finally come together. My Lydia is a little different. For me, as a reader, I dislike when something bad happens to a female character, but only to serve the plot of other characters. Lydia is a character who is at risk of this. NO, she is not raped. I can’t do that to anyone, especially in the story. Rape is not a plot point. What I did want is for her to grow and for her trauma to serve her story. Don’t worry, I am not going to spoil what happens, but I do want to be able to talk about it. With that in mind, here are five things you won’t know about Lydia from reading Phi Alpha Pi.
So, who is my Lydia?
- Lydia is the kind of girl who selects her clothes to represent something about her. She is, even when it doesn’t look like it, carefully put together. She is very aware of how her clothes speak to the world. That being said, she does believe leggings can be worn as pants.
- She isn’t a reader, much to Lizbeth’s annoyance. She loves movies and tv shows. She often organizes watching parties where they stream episodes of her favorite shows. Her favorite show right now, which changes often, is Pretty Little Liars. Lizbeth is trying to convince her to read the books, but Lydia doesn’t care.
- Her favorite thing to eat is ANYTHING at Chick-Fil-A. She doesn’t care what you have to say about it. Just shut up.
- She picked Phi Alpha Pi as her sorority because she loves the colors hot pink and black. There was no other reason.
- A number of the sorority sisters are into bullet journaling and paper/analog planning. Lydia does this, but primarily to decorate her journals. She has stickers, washi tape, markers, and more so she can make her journal look pretty.