Friday, February 18, 2011

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I had English teachers in high school that encouraged us to read and write our own alternate versions of classic literature. At the time skeptics felt it was a waste of time. However, the genius was the focus on themes, characters, and motivations. They wanted us not just to remember the book or play until we could forget it after taking our exams. They wanted us to make a connection to the work.

Some parodies of stories are better written than other ones. When I read the reviews for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Quirk Classic Series) I wondered where this book fell on the scale. It seemed people loved or hated the book. I decided to borrow the CD book from the library and listen to it while working on some writing projects. I started laughing during the first CD. I was incredibly disappointed when appointments delayed my listening experience.

Living with four brothers, I was always made fun of for enjoying romantic stories or movies. As I listened to this story, I could see this as being a compromise. They would get their zombies and I could have had my classic romance.

I do understand the arguments of those who were horrified that zombies have entered a classic Austen novel. Some science fiction fans failed to appreciate the quality of the zombie literature and were bored by the classic Austen literature. As someone who loved Austen and has had a long appreciation for alternate versions of stories this was an amusing story.

I have the CD version of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters on request from the library. It will be interesting to see if it is an amusing version as the first.

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  1. I had never heard of those versions prior, Bailey. They sound very interesting. I may need to check them out.

  2. I am a huge Zombie buff so this by far has to be my favorite thing thus far! I decided to pick up my crochet needles after graduation. I have been collecting some pattern books. Once upon a time, when I was about 9, my mother taught me and I would make my own Barbie clothes. They were nothing fancy, but for a kid, I really enjoyed being crafty and its something I miss a great deal.

  3. The reviews left me wondering if I would enjoy the story. I have never laughed so hard as I did while listening to this book. I am rarely frustrated when I miss a day of listening, but I was ready to skip an appointment to finish it.

    I made a bunch of Frankensteins for Halloween last year. He was rather popular and the closest thing I had to a zombie.

  4. That sounds like an interesting reads for share. Once again my reading list has grown :) Not a bad thing at all!