psi_star_psi: (Zombies Ahoy!)
As I hinted before, the nonsense started by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies continues onward to the next logical stage in Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. This time, instead of hordes of undead roaming the English countryside, the very oceans of the world themselves are inimical to all British life. But Britannia rules the waves, so the mere fact that every facet of ocean life seeks to destroy humanity won't stop everyone from having tea or seeking to marry off their eligible daughters to a good match who will provide for their future.

This book was every bit as absurd as P&P&Z. I really enjoyed it. I suspect better skill in Lovecraft lore would have revealed a few more references, but I recognized the Elder Sign and the cultists' chant. In this book, every significant conversation is punctuated by the attack of some aquatic terror. While the original Elinor Dashwood is constantly beaten down by endless emotional woes, this version is also challenged by physical adversity. Subtle, it ain't.

I reflected on why this all seems to work so well. I think it has to do with the fact that the original Austen books take place during the Napoleonic Wars, when Britain was struggling against an implacable, never-ending foe for the very survival of all. Thus, it is a straightforward transformation to replace the French with some other mythic horror. And since the Austen heroines are societal butt-kickers of the first degree, extending their ass-whooping to the physical plane is also in character for their changed circumstances.

Then again, I'm probably analyzing this far more than it warrants.
psi_star_psi: (Zombies Ahoy!)
Since Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is making money hand over fist with a rumored movie pending, it is only to be expected that the plundering of Austen's works should continue. And so, today Jen brought home the next volume ("From the publisher of" P&P&Z), Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

I was unaware that this book existed. But now I see the logical next steps:

Emma and Eldritch Horrors
Northanger Abbey and Neanderthals
Mansfield Park and Mummies
Persuasion and Poltergeists

This nonsense will continue just as long as there are fools willing to buy these books. Fools, that is, just like me. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
psi_star_psi: (Zombies Ahoy!)
The classic of western literature, now with violent zombie mayhem )

Now, why would I think that anyone would be insane enough to make a movie out of this? Because it appears that the film version of World War Z is already being discussed. With script by J. Michael Straczynski. I kid you not. I mean, look at that list of in development projects. Lensman and Forbidden Planet? Score!

And in case you haven't stumbled onto a reference to this paper, finally some evidence that scientists are focusing on the problems that really matter in today's world:

WHEN ZOMBIES ATTACK!: MATHEMATICAL MODELLING OF AN OUTBREAK OF ZOMBIE INFECTION (pdf)

Yes, the dude's name is really "Dr. Smith?". He clearly rules.

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