Jane Austen’s classic tale Pride and Prejudice has been updated and reimagined in a host of ways over the years, whether set in modern times or perhaps with a Bollywood flavour. However, a new parody — incorporating zombies — is generating buzz ahead of its release.
“About 85 per cent is the original Jane Austen text,” Grahame-Smith told the U.K.’s Sunday Times newspaper.
What the Los Angeles-based writer has added, however, are scenes of Austen heroine Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters pressed into battling an onslaught of undead zombies hailing from London. The Bennet girls are trained, interestingly enough, in Japanese fighting techniques by Mr. Darcy.
So… what we have here is somebody looking long and hard at Jane Austen’s comedy of manners, tilting his head and saying, “what this book really needs is zombies. Yeah, zombies.”
And I’m forced to ask… two questions. One: what sort of individual decides that a classic early 19th century manuscript can be improved with the infusion of zombie hordes and two: what other manuscripts out there could benefit from a similar treatment?
“And God bless us everyone!” shouted Tiny Tim as he beheaded the nearest creature.
- Stageleft’s post has obtained a comment thread speculating on what other classic manuscripts could benefit from the infusion of zombie hordes. Or, as commentator Frank says, “The question is more along the lines of: what wouldn’t benefit from an infusion of zombie hordes? Everybody loves zombies, right?”
And, P.S.: Is it just me, or does this news article remind you of the whole Snakes on a Plane phenomenon?
And proof that you can find just about anything on YouTube, I was delighted to encounter some classic television from my TVOntario days back in the 1970s, including Eureka, a delightful series of short animated movies introducing physics to kids. Enclosed, please find this five minute session about acceleration.