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Thought for Monday

I wanted to kick the week off with something to buoy our spirits. I liked this card from Charlene Livingstone’s Art of Life Tarot. It seemed like a good thought to lead us into another work week:

In the Tarot, the Six of Swords typically indicates a journey (physical or metaphorical) away from troubles, struggles, towards something better. Wishing you all fair winds and following seas this week.

Posted in books, writing

Fanfic gone wild?


As some people know, I am an unabashed Janeite. For the uninitiated, that means I adore Jane Austen’s writing. She was brilliant, witty, comical, insightful, a master of the language and vastly underappreciated by modern readers.

So when I saw Pride and Prejudice and Zombies at an online bookseller’s site, I had to see what this was all about. I’d heard mention of it previously and thought it was a joke until I saw the book listed for sale.  And I admit I was predisposed to dislike it. I have not had the chance to actually read this thing, but was so (how can I put it? annoyed? offended? disgusted?) by this line in the synopsis I wouldn’t accept a free copy:





Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

Because god knows I wouldn’t want to actually read a masterpiece of world literature as it stands. I don’t believe I will waste my precious reading time on this dreck. Frankly the whole sentence is a contradiction of itself: If it’s a masterpiece of world literature, why would you not want to read it, without turning it into a gore-fest? I get that this is supposed to be humor, but I can only imagine Jane spinning in her grave like a turbine. The reviews are mixed: Those who love zombies will read anything with the word “zombie” in it. Others who appreciate the original seem to hate it. If Pride and Prejudice wasn’t out of copyright I doubt Austen would have given her blessing to this.

I realize people like to do their own takes on classics, and Jane Austen’s works seem to inspire a lot of it. By contrast there is Lost in Austen, a television miniseries in which a fan of the book is transported into the pages of her favorite novel. It’s out on DVD now. (There is also a movie by the same name apparently slated for a 2011 release but I have no other information on that.) It sounds similar to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler. This I can handle. But Lizzie Bennet as a ninja, cannibalizing the neighbors? You’ve completely lost the spirit of the book, and lost me.

Perhaps Emerson was right:

People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson