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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Vampires, Demons, Zombies, and Classic English Literature

It all started innocently enough. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was perfectly amusing. It was a rollicking way to tromp through the old pages once more, with a special twist.

But now there's a prequel: Pride and Prejudice - Dawn of the Dreadfuls. And there's a sequel (of sorts) from the same publisher: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. And another publisher has gotten into the act and now there's Mansfield Park and Mummies.

But then it gets even wackier. The original author of P&P&Z has moved on to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Someone else has penned Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter. Perhaps they'll team up to hunt down Mr. Darcy, Vampyre or the undead Jane Austen of Jane Bites Back.

Meanwhile, Quirk Classics, the publisher who started it all, is not content to leave their doings to 19th century England. Attention turns to Russian lit with Android Karenina.

I am at once bemused and aghast. I see a fascinating new genre growing into form and I suspect I'll actually get to be selective about which ones of these I opt to read because they won't be strictly novelty, but will have varying degrees of quality from which to choose. That's kind of cool. Literature, history, and fiction mixing it up and creating new from old? Yeah, I'm down with that.

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