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Jane Austen Ate My Brain

January 22, 2009

(^^ our new band name)

Alert Janeite Laurel Ann let us know about a short excerpt from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, coming in April from Quirk Books.

We actually know a little bit (a very little bit) about this book, as Quirk Books also published The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World, the Editrix’s own publication, and we heard a little about it from the marketing folks at Quirk. The thing with Quirk, it’s not just about the book, it’s about the package, and their humor is very straight-faced (sort of like Henry Tilney). One of the big in-jokes is that the book is being presented as though it is a scholarly edition (as can be seen on this large cover image on Jane Austen Today: “Quirk Classics”). We also were shown an excerpt, and it is basically the text of P&P with zombie stuff added. It’s not really a rewrite. We’re not entirely sure the joke will hold up throughout the whole novel, and we actually prefer ninjas with our classics, but we’ll see in April!

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  1. Kelley B permalink
    January 22, 2009 1:05 pm

    Even though there will be no ninjas, I’m actually incredibly excited about this. *takes quick glance at Zombie calendar hanging on the wall* I mean, Jane Austen and the undead? I’m thinking “Shaun of the Dead” meets Masterpiece Classics. Heck yeah!

  2. January 23, 2009 11:43 am

    There’s still for someone to write Sense and Sensibility and Ninjas

  3. January 23, 2009 11:44 am

    Time. There’s still time is what I mean to say.

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