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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Proof That Zombies Can Make Anything Good

I'm not the type to flat-out avoid all chick flicks. I'll admit to enjoying my fair share of sappiness (is that even a word?). One DVD set in my collection that I have no interest in seeing belongs to my wife, Pride and Prejudice. So I'm familiar with the name as well as the name of the author, Jane Austen. Can I tell you what it's about? No. Can I tell you I don't like it even though I've never seen or read it? Yes. Well, that's all about to change...

"Jane Austen fleshed out with zombies? Aaagh! Help!
A US publisher is releasing a new bone-crunching comedy version of Pride and Prejudice in which Elizabeth must face off the dubious social manners of the ravenous undead...

I'm trying to imagine the conversation. "Hey guys, you know that old English chick, Jane Austen, who Anne Hathaway played the other year? Didn't she, like, write a book where a handsome dude gets his shirt wet? I've heard it's pretty good, but I know what would make it even better – zombies."

Sometimes I despair, I really do. In a move which makes the very worst of fusion cuisine look tame, an American publisher has decided to combine the latest publishing craze – zombies – with one of the most enduring books ever written. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies "features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action". In an "insanely funny … comedy of manners", Elizabeth "wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead", while dealing with the distractions of "the haughty and arrogant" Mr Darcy.

Okay, I know it's a joke. I haven't read it (it's not out until April), it could be genius - you never know - and I do like the juxtaposition of "Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature", and "Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of How to Survive a Horror Movie and The Big Book of Porn". But really. How low can you go?

And that cover is going to give me nightmares."

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