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Something for the F-List, and an indicator of better days 
8th-Feb-2009 09:31 pm
Yay - Clapping Audience

"New Cool Things" Dept.:

There comes a moment in a generation when that generation begins to realise that they have a little more pull about the sorts of things that they see occur more than the generation that preceded them. Some people in my generation saw the election of Barack Obama as US President one such example of a kind of sea change that indicates one generation is gone and another one is taking over. Some people see the kind of "Scorched Earth" policy that has dictated US economics as being typical of the same kind of "all for me- none for you", "GREED IS GOOD" bullshittery that the disappointed hippies who became yuppies seemed to live for, and the fact that most of the whistle-blowers who are putting that mindset back into perspective are all under the age of 45 as another such indicator. This is also very likely.

For me, it's this little number right here -

Jane Austin & Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Coming soon, and available for pre-order from Chronicle Books.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen's classic novel to new legions of fans.

Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature. Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of How to Survive a Horror Movie and The Big Book of Porn. He lives in Los Angeles.

9th-Feb-2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Not impressed. Eliza Bennet is not a zombie-fighter; that's a task for the regiment quartered at Meryton. What Lizzie will be doing is keeping Kitty and Lydia from swooning over the officers with the highest kill-totals, while trying to persuade poor Jane that Caroline Bingley is not the refined, sweet-natured lady she appeared to be at first meeting, but is in fact trying to eat her brother's admirer. Meanwhile, Mary is alternately reading the Book of Revelation and the Zombie Survival Guide, and preparing extracts on the holier uses of farming implements.
9th-Feb-2009 03:25 am (UTC)

You've read it?
9th-Feb-2009 03:26 am (UTC)
No, I just find their description ridiculous -- why must we try to make the daughter of a Regency gentleman into Buffy the Zombie Slayer? -- and decided to come up with my own.
9th-Feb-2009 03:27 am (UTC)

Yours is good - especially the Caroline Bingley sub-plot...
9th-Feb-2009 03:31 am (UTC)
I'm not into zombies, but I've read P&P more times than is good for anybody at all. The only thing I'm not sure of is where to work in Mr. Collins and Lady Catherine.
9th-Feb-2009 06:23 am (UTC)

Their description *is* ridiculous.

I question the value of calling anything "insanely funny" before anyone's had a chance to read it.

I'll be the judge of "insanely funny", thank you - but I do give them kudos for High Concept.
20th-Feb-2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Mr. Collins is either the first eaten (to shut him up) or rejected by all the zombies as "too annoying." Or perhaps he would martyr himself in an attempt to protect Lady Catherine and her daughter.

If the book is done well enough, it could be *spectacular.* But I'm always skeptical of fiddling with the cornerstones.
9th-Feb-2009 03:36 am (UTC)
Like I said on another person's LJ, I only dig this because the high amount of P&P sequels in the bookstore make me kind of sick.

Until somewhat recently I was also one of those "I won't read it because I hate the fandom" anti-fans of Jane Austen, though. Then I read Sense & Sensibility and was blown away, so ...
20th-Feb-2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
"Sequels"? As in...published and officially-sanctioned fanfiction??

How irritating that some fandoms get taken seriously and others don't. Some of the best writing I've ever read has been fanfic. Alas.
20th-Feb-2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
As a fanfic writer (often in fandoms that get shit from the bigger ones) and someone who has enjoyed professional fanfics, I don't begrudge people them. But given that at least one of the P&P official "fanfics" I've heard of has the characters celebrating Thanksgiving, a writer of another popular one has proven herself to be a huge wanker in public, I read parts of Pride and Promiscuity and they were pretty stupid, and Becoming Jane was an inaccurate AND boring film I reserve my right to be skeptical about Austen fanfics overall.
9th-Feb-2009 04:52 am (UTC)
Too bad it wasn't written by Jane Espenson!
9th-Feb-2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
(She's a huge Jane Austen fan, and she's the hottest tv writer I know right now.. not just Buffy .. Gilmore Girls, Battlestar Galactica .. etc. Her particular talent is to get inside the language of a show and write the characters exactly right, whilst advancing the plot at the same time.)
9th-Feb-2009 05:16 am (UTC)
here is the happiest thing you will ever see

9th-Feb-2009 06:19 am (UTC)

My God - I think you're right...
9th-Feb-2009 06:21 am (UTC)
forte's been doing this bit where he plays the coach of a team at halftime, and the team is losing, so he plays a song to inspire them. the first one was great, but the one with michael phelps featuring "fancy pants" by al hirt...dear god, i broke myself.

9th-Feb-2009 06:28 am (UTC)

I think it's at the moment where he actually pointed to his trousers that I realised I was witnessing genius.
9th-Feb-2009 06:34 am (UTC)
i firmly believe he will one day be recognized as a genius. on the level of kaufman. ever since "clone high".
9th-Feb-2009 06:36 am (UTC)

There's a "take no prisoners" quality to that one that reminds me of the classic 70s SNL bits that established that show.

I have every suspicion that Micheals will over expose the Hell out of the Fancy Pants Dance now, and thus make it as boring as everything else he touches - but for now that's fricking amazing.
9th-Feb-2009 06:39 am (UTC)
well its been a month or so and it hasn't got traction online yet, so im hoping that won't happen. besides, Lorne is busy pimping the hell out of anything andy samberg does. such as this "remarkable" "gem"


9th-Feb-2009 06:45 am (UTC)

Maybe the fact that they have to pay to use the Hirt and the Alpert music keeps them "expensive" to do for rights issues.

I remember when I used to look forward to seeing, maybe,perhaps, another iteration of an SNL bit that I liked - they didn't show up every week, they didn't get movie franchises, they didn't get shown so much so the *surprise* in seeing them stayed fresh.

Of course, back then Pluto was still a planet.

Edited at 2009-02-09 06:47 am (UTC)
9th-Feb-2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
I am chuckling because this book hasn't even been released and it's now shown up on my friend's page approx 3 times. I think you're bang-on re the change thing... when we can rewrite the classics and make them fun and exciting, i feel like the sun will rise on a newer (better?) world.

thanks for the chat on friday, it did me a world of good.

I'm excited at what the future is offering.

10th-Feb-2009 02:01 am (UTC)

I'm needing a fresh pep talk soon
10th-Feb-2009 03:12 am (UTC)
well, you certainly know how to get ahold of me. Do you have a gmail account, or some other email? I have something I'd like to start up.
10th-Feb-2009 03:20 am (UTC)

I'm at papajoemmabo@yahoo.com.

I'm on Facebook chat right now.

12th-Feb-2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Now that could either be brilliant or a complete mess.
24th-Jul-2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I agree that this might introduce Austen to a new generation of readers, "But at what cost, Ned? At what cost?"

I'm one parts nauseated and three parts intrigued.

The Bean and I drunk-dialed you a few weeks ago, didja get our message???

24th-Jul-2009 07:51 pm (UTC)

Um - no, but I haven't been checking them, so I'm sure it'll be a pip when I do :).

I'm in town Sunday through Wednesday - there's a bit of a family crisis going on. I need you to email me your number to papajoemambo@yahoo.com again, Biz.
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