Had Jane Austen written Pride and Prejudice with apocalyptic zombie action interspersed with the passive aggressive courtship from Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet I probably would have been able to read the darn book, instead of just watching both versions of the movie (yup, it’s actually not a bad story and I’ve sat through both the BBC and the Kiera Knightly versions of the movie).
I mean not that I wished Lizzie Bennet got her brain sucked but sometimes she could be really infuriating and don’t even get me started on Mr. Darcy’s social anxiety problems. Good god, is all I can say. You wonder how they ever ended up together at all.
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.
Yes, yes it will. In music remixes and mashups are so common they are often released before the original recordings, but I do think this is the first time that a novel has been remixed or remashed into something different. [via]
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be released on May 13, 2009 from Quirk Books.
(Also be sure to check out Quirk Books’s new site Irreference. It’ll give you a better idea of the publishing company than their actual website, I guess.)