Monday, 2 February 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Hope comrades don't mind me taking a quick time out from super serious class struggle blogging to afflict this on you. I saw it this morning on Crooked Timber, and to say it has tickled me much is a slight understatement. Behold the blurb:
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.
You can pre-order Pride and Prejudice and Zombies here.

Whatever next? A werewolf remix of Daniel Deronda? Great Expectations vs the Martians? Sounds bloody brilliant anyway.

Are there any "updated" classics and mash-ups you'd like to see?


Derek Wall said...

snowed in like the rest of us?

Berkshire is like Belarus today...

Phil BC said...

No Derek, I'm at my desk. Takes more than a spot of snow to keep me away!

Charlie Marks said...

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - the musical, starring Morrissey.

Das Kapital - the martial arts version, starring Jackie Chan.

The Gospel According to Karl Marx - Jesus is back, and this time it's revolutionary! - with Jack Black as Jesus, guest appearance by Slavoj Zizek as God.

Benjamin Solah said...

I love it!

Have you heard the talk by China Mievelle on Marxism and Monsters? I've heard bits and love it.

Roobin said...

How mildly ironic. I was going to make this week's slogan British Jobs for British Zombies.

Roobin said...

"Are there any "updated" classics and mash-ups you'd like to see?"

Murder on the Orient Express with Open All Hours: Murder All Hours.

Phil BC said...

I know of the talk, Benjamin, and I think I read a report about it in Socialist Worker a while back, but can't remember much!

On the topic of monsters, years ago I wrote an essay on so-called 'monster theory', which uses monstrous tropes to deconstruct texts. If I can ever find the time I'll dig it out and put a bastardised version of it up on here (it'll take a while, I only have a print copy - the saved version disappeared when an old hard drive croaked).