Monday, February 09, 2009

The Undead of Meryton

Just heard of this upcoming publication: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (thanks to NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me), and had to share.

"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."

For our first ever A-Level English homework, we were asked to each bring in an example of satire to share with the class. Vicky C brought in "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift, and Miss K loved it. I brought in "Waiting for Santy" by S J Perelman. "That is not satire," hissed Miss K, "that is burlesque!" We studied "Emma" together that year. If only this new book had been available then ...

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