Saturday, July 18, 2009

Jane Austen's Monster Mash-Ups

First there was the mashup Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and now Quirk Books proudly introduce Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters written by Ben H. Winters, which grafts together classic novel and horror story.

The new novel, say the publishers, will find the Dashwood sisters tossed from their home and sent to an island of man-eating sea creatures. More about it on The New York Times' blog, and enjoy the trailer below :

Other fun mashup titles suggested by readers :
  • A Farewell to Arms and Legs
  • The Corpse of Monte Cristo
  • As I Lay Bleeding
  • Android Karenina
  • Portrait of a Werewolf as a Young Man
  • The Brothers Karazombie
  • Uncle Tom’s Coffin
  • I Know Why the Caged Zombie Sings
  • Tender is the Night of the Living Dead
  • Lady Chatterley’s Braaaaaains
Any more to add??

Why does Jane Austen have such enduring appeal?

Claire Harman has just published Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World, reviewed here by John Sutherland.

Asked for her take on the monster mash-ups of Austen's works, Harman replies in The Australian that :
There is a kind of violent desire to go in there and to mess things up a bit.


savante said...

I think the ladies from her books are just so prim and proper - just so much fun placing them in extraordinary situations just to see them react.

Syigim said...

love this bit! i'm a fan of both the classics and horror novels. this should be verrrrry interesting ;)

how bout shakespeare's 'twelfth fright night?' or the 'midsummer night's scream?' or a cheesy 'macdeath'?