Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jane Austen kicks Zombie ass.

Imagine women of the Victorian era all in long dresses with necklines all the way up to their chin and hairdos that'll stretch your scalp, all involved in a death battle with zombies.


these same women all involved in a tumultuous love affair with SEA MONSTERS! Man oh man, the things people come up with nowadays.

This whole Supernatural/ classic literature mashup is somewhat bizarre, I tell you. But in a good way. I totally support anything that'll generate more interest in reading the classics. Yes even the Twilight series. Even though I detest the very idea of the non-fanged, glittering (So gay) bloodsucking vampire series it has at the very least generate an interest among youngsters to read Wuthering Heights. All because it's Edward Cullen & Bella's favourite book.

They even revamped the book cover so that it resembles the 'Twilight' series and even highlighted the fact that its Edward & Bella favourite book. Talk about feeding the obsession eh?

Now take Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief for example. Before the book series (and now the motion picture) came out kids/ teens probably didn't know that Hermes is not merely an expensive brand name and thought that Apollo is a type of snack. In reality they're both names of Ancient Greek gods. So despite the fact that it is pure fiction this series is actually informative. Heck even I got some benefit out of reading the series. Some information I got out of the book was actually useful in one of my lessons. Who knew eh?

I actually learned about the 12 Greek Gods from this book. And trust me the book is WAY better than the movie. WAY better.

So yeah, if literary purists were to say "Oh my god, you're ruining great works of literature!" then I say " Shut your trap, and be glad. Mashup classics is the latest fad." Hey, I just rhymed! And I stand true to what I just said. As great as any fad may be it'll still fade away in time but great works of literature, be it the classics or modern literary works, will forever stand the test of time. All we need to do is generate enough interest in people so that they'll never be forgotten.

So do check out the books. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was number three on the New York Times Bestseller list and the same author now just published another book entitled Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter which is now number four on the New York Times Bestseller list. Meanwhile Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is written by a different author but is published by the same company.

*And since my birthday is like a week away (1st April!!) I would LOVE to have one of these books as a birthday present. Please... pretty please, someone? :D


F.H.N said...

Oooh, I got myself the Abe Lincoln one, haha. Curiosity got the better of me :p

chuck said...

Ahh thanks for the review Shan. I would like to buy one of those book one day. Lately I have nothing interesting to read. Feel like buying Percy Jackson.

Narcoleptic Insomniac said...

F.H.N: So how's d book? Is it any good? I'm seriously thinking about getting it.

Chuck: The Percy Jackson series is cool actually. Even though its a children's book but I think adults would like it too. At least those adults who are young at heart :D


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