Webseries Wednesday: Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party

Webseries Wednesday is a new monthly feature that I created to discuss my favourite literary inspired webseries!

So, I have officially jumped on the bandwagon and become a fan of Shipwrecked’s Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party. Unlike a lot of literary inspired webseries, instead of being inspired by classic literature, this one has been inspired by the authors themselves.

All of your favourite classic lit authors, poets and playwrights are featured – Charlotte Brontë (Ashley Clements), Emily Dickinson (Sarah Grace Hart), George Eliot (Lauren Lopez of A Very Potter Musical fame),  Louisa May Alcott (Tara Perry) and Mary Shelley (Whitney Avalon). On the male front, there’s Oscar Wilde (Tom DeTrinis), Ernest Hemingway (Joey Richter), H.G. Wells (Blake Silver), Fyodor Dostoevsky (Clayton Snyder), and, of course, Edgar Allan Poe (Sean Persaud).

The premise of the show is that Edgar Allan Poe holds a murder mystery dinner party in order to impress Annabel Lee (Mary Kate Wiles, and yes, that Annabel Lee), and he invites some of the world’s most renowned authors. However, things start going awry when people actually start getting murdered.

One of my favourite gags in the series is every other character ignoring Emily Dickinson, a reference to the fact that she didn’t achieve any fame until after her death. Oscar Wilde aside, I’m not familiar with a lot of the male authors’ works, which means I often need to look them up on Wikipedia to understand the jokes. Nevertheless, it is quite glorious as far as webseries go, and if you’re a fan of classic literature, I encourage you to check it out!

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