Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Seth Grahame-Smith Eats Jane Austen's Heart Out

While the rest of the world continues to amuse itself by adding the phrase "in bed" to the end of whatever very American-ish adage it finds in its fortune cookies ("You will prosper greatly...in bed;" "An hour with a friend is greater than a year with 10 strangers... in bed;" "Milk Duds are better... in bed."), Seth Grahame-Smith (author of a variety of guidebooks covering topics from politics to porn... and Spider-Man) has raised the cultural adaptation bar 100-fold by imagining what great wonders might result when one tacks the words "and zombies" onto titles of classic English literature.

Smith's book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which supposedly contains the original text of Jane Austen's novel amended with interstitial scenes of unapologetic zombie-on-human violence, is currently ranked at #86 on Amazon's top-selling titles... three months before it's even released. I'm pretty sure we haven't seen anticipation of this magnitude since the Punky Brewster cliffhanger episode where Punky got trapped in a cave with the spider from It.

No word from Smith on whether he plans to "plus" other classic novels, but I'm hoping his next target is Hemingway; he'd add a whole new dimension to A Farewell to Arms.