Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Reworking a Classic

Cheryl picked this up from Barnes & Noble today:

Clever idea by this Grahame-Smith fellow. I bet it's much easier to add zombies and ninjas to a classic novel no longer protected by copyright than it is to write a book from scratch. Why work harder than you have to? From the back of the book:

Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.

JANE AUSTEN is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature. SETH GRAHAME-SMITH once took a class in English literature. He lives in Los Angeles

The book includes a "Reader's Discussion Guide" for book clubs, which includes the following question:

6. Some critics have suggested that the zombies represent the authors' views toward marriage -- an endless curse that sucks the life out of you and just won't die. Do you agree, or do you have another opinion about the symbolism of the unmentionables?

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