Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Jane Austen and the Undead

It appears that zombies and vampires have come to Jane Austen. The first is "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". The original P & P with new zombie action scenes. I'm not sure how I feel about this. The book cover says "Ultraviolent" zombie action. Isn't all zombie action ultraviolent? I mean eating someone's brains obviously requires crunching of the skull. Unless you pull an ancient Egyptian and put a hot poker up someone's nose and drag the brains out through the nostrils. Still that sounds like it might hurt....maybe....just a I'm guessing.

It was really only a matter of time until the undead or something dark entered Jane Austen's world. And while I will certainly buy them because let's face it, I buy everything about me. I guess that makes me a megalomaniac or perhaps just very curious as to what impact my books have had on people.

Also coming out is Jane Austen as a vampire struggling with 200 years of writer's block in "Jane Bites Back." Here's the blurb from the NYT:

Liz Scheier at Ballantine won a four-way auction for Michael Thomas Ford's Jane Bites Back, taking world English rights to three books via Mitchell Waters at Curtis Brown. The novel presents an undead Jane Austen, frustrated by nearly 200 years of writer's block and 116 rejections of an unpublished novel she finished just before turning into a vampire; she's becoming increasingly irritated that the rest of the world seems to be getting rich and famous off of her works and her life. The two follow-up books will be derived from the first. Waters said Ford, the author of many books for young readers and adults, is likely to publish this under a pseudonym; pub date still undecided.

All I have to say is "Seriously?! A bidding war between four companies to see me as a vampire?" Also I question this whole not being able to get published again crap. That's one of the reasons I turn to the dark side as a vampire: I can't get published. I don't buy this a bit. I created the entire genre of chick lit. I invented it. Me! Me! Me! And now I can't get published, but people like Lauren Willig can? I'm skeptical of this, but am hoping that since this is a young adult book it might be a way to introduce me to the young while maintaining my hip status ala Twilight. I really think I'm hip enough.

I hope both of these come out soon. I'm sure some of you are dying (hahaha) to see the undead meet Jane.


  1. Exactly. I wondered when this would happen because of the popularity of zombies and vampires, but I'm still not sure how it will work. It could be very clever or very cheesey. We will see.

  2. Or a little of both... which would be fantastic!