From the Editors
"Take a literary classic, rewrite it to include zombies and sell billions of copies. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance--Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! is poised to do just that," reports Ideaity.com. "It couples everyone's love of early 19th century British romance with the brain-eating good time that only an infectious outbreak of zombies can bring." Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, written by comedy TV writer Seth Grahame-Smith, "tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters as they become zombie slayers and are taught how to fight like Japanese ninjas by Mr Darcy," reports RopeofSilicon. Film producers have already begun buzzing; there are now rumors that Natalie Portman will star in an upcoming film based on the book. Plus, Variety reports that "Elton John's Rocket Pictures hopes to make the first Jane Austen adaptation to which men will drag their girlfriends. Will Clark is set to direct 'Pride and Predator,' which veers from the traditional period costume drama when an alien crash lands and begins to butcher the mannered protags, who suddenly have more than marriage and inheritance to worry about."
Elsewhere, the UK's Times Online reports that many other literary agencies are now pitching "monster-lit titles. They include a version of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, where Catherine, the deceased heroine, returns as a Japanese-style ghost not only to haunt but also to terrorise Heathcliff." (Izenmania points out that that's because these books are no longer in copyright, and points to a "massive wealth of opportunity in the derivation of existing works that is [currently] wasted on endless repackaging and reprinting of the same old text.") With this, um, embarrassment of riches, deciding what to read or see may be tough. "I think that I'm in the market demographic for both of the films: two degrees in literature, gun nut, and zombie aficionado," writes Fastidious. "It's me and maybe two other people inside this demographic." "Which one are you guys and girls more excited for: corsets stained by the blood of the victims of the undead, or corsets stained by the blood of the victims of extraterrestrials?" asks Cinematical. "Whoever wins, I'm pretty sure we do too."