Sunday, February 1, 2009

This Is Not A Joke

My fondest wish for every woman on the planet is that she have at least one ex who 1) she doesn't want to shoot and 2) who sends her funny shit via e-mail. David lives in New York with his wife and adorable baby boy - and occasionally stumbles across funny librarian and book related nonsense that he sends my way. This is his latest find.

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is a real book. No joke. It's being published by Quirk Books in May and is the brain child of author Seth Grahame-Smith.

I'm going to be blunt here. Austen doesn't really do a whole lot for me. Yes, yes - it's all a rich tableau and I'm a philistine. Blah, blah, blah. I suspect the reason why is because dear ol' Jane never dressed up her comedy of manners with zombies. Hell, that's what Regency England needs more of! Zombies! Think how much more interesting Almack's would be with the undead walking around, drinking the god-awful lemonade and eating debutante brains?

I probably never would have suffered Regency Historical burn-out if there had been zombies. Just sayin'.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life!

Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead.

Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen's classic novel to new legions of fans.
Seth Grahame-Smith is a contributor to The Huffington Post and whose backlist includes The Big Book Of Porn and How to Survive A Horror Movie. He lives in Los Angeles.

Which surprises no one.

Seriously though - Jane Austen with zombies? I'm only pissed that I didn't think of it first.


iasa said...

For once I am looking forward to Jane Austen. I only hope it is as fabulous as it sounds.

Alie said...

I'm an Austen snob and purist so I won't be reading this lol.

Tracy said...

omg that's hilarious!

Gwen said...

LOL - I'll bet that's a twist the likes of which M.Night Shyamalan hasn't thought of.

JamiSings said...

David doesn't happen to be a fan of Kevin Smith's movies, is he? Reason I ask is a few days ago this exact same book was talked about in a zombie-thread on the View Askew board and it's just so unusual when I find something pop up somewhere else that was posted there.

Wendy said...

Jami: I don't know for sure - but I wouldn't be surprised ;-)

Rainbow Tea said...

Jane Austen bores me to tears, but this sounds like the most awesome thing to come around for zombies since Shaun of the Dead. I'm totally getting my hands on this.