Jane Austen vs Zombies
Jane Austen is reinvented in this new (what the LA Times calls) “mash-up novel” titled “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” It is co-written by some LA screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith who claims that Austen was writing a horror novel but didn’t realize it. She loved jokes.
While retaining 85% of the original text of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” this novel-as-mashup alters some characters’ fates and endows the Bennet sisters with martial arts skills to battle the lumbering undead.
So far, Austen fans have been remarkably open-minded. “I was struck by the author’s facility with period language and style and how he uses it to comic advantage,” says Laurie Viera Rigler, author of the novel “Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.” “Especially the euphemistic way in which the gentle folk refer to zombies as ‘unmentionables.’ I’ll bet Jane Austen herself would be amused.”
Although I myself had sworn off Jane Austen for the next few lives to come (see Greg’s influential essay “Jane Austen: Jogging in Place”), I have to admit, I’m tempted; the subtitle to the text is “Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem.” Some of you might also want to check it out.