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The (un)Death of Classic Literature

October 2, 2009

I was wandering around a book store the other day with the magnificent E.P., looking desperately for a wedding planning book (ahh!) not printed in hot pink ink.  Note to the wedding planning book industry: your target audience is not seven years old.  After we’d found something that didn’t look like it belonged in the toy aisle next to Bridal Barbie, we slowly worked our way back up to the front of the store, and on our way, I spotted this priceless gem.

Um… I understand that there’s some sort of Zombie Thing happening in pop culture these days, but did you have to mess with Jane Austen?

JANE AUSTEN.

Is anyone else feeling a little skeezed out by this, or it just me?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2009 9:45 am

    I knew there was a reason I have never read Jane Austen! Wow; now I have no excuse!

  2. October 2, 2009 10:12 am

    That ship sailed a while ago, actually. Next up is Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. And I think another down the pike.

  3. October 2, 2009 10:16 am

    I’m a huge Austen fan but haven’t read the Zombie book yet. As another take on my favorite novel and perhaps a new way to explore the work, I find it entertaining and I do plan to read it. I read some of it in the book store and laughed out loud. But I think the author meant it more to mock my most favorite book, which is offensive. And by continuing with this Sense and Sensiblity and Sea Monsters, it’s getting a little ridiculous. They could have at least picked on the Brontes this time.

  4. October 2, 2009 12:32 pm

    I read it and thought it was actually really clever! I love Jane Austen and was curious about it so I read it. Oddly enough, the one that Eric mentioned above is by a different author…same publisher, though, I believe.

  5. October 2, 2009 2:02 pm

    You see, zombies are a problem everywhere, and this is why it’s important to take steps to prepare for the impending zombie apocalypse.

  6. October 3, 2009 7:53 am

    I had that same reaction when I first saw the book!!

  7. October 3, 2009 11:44 am

    Wow–I caught a glimpse of this series somewhere I can’t recall, and honestly, it looks like one of the most ridiculous ideas I’ve ever seen. Way to go, whoever got paid a hundred thousand dollars for that.

  8. Emily permalink
    October 4, 2009 1:30 pm

    Man, whoever wrote that Zombie book should leave Jane Austen’s works alone.

  9. October 4, 2009 9:59 pm

    Ha! I have seen this. Now I feel like I must read it.

  10. October 7, 2009 9:48 am

    I find it incredibly hysterical…

    I’d rather read that than see another stupid teen-move-update of a classic, y’know?

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