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Note to future botanist heroes: the corpse blossom is a wonderful option for metaphoric turgidness. But make sure to title the book after the actual scientific name, Amorphophallus titanum.

[Thanks to Phyl for the link.]

Book Cover As I plan the Smart Bitch World Book Tour (in my dreams, using the unlimited funds that come from my having been declared queen of the universe), every city in this article is on my list. Particularly Wetwang. And Titty Ho. Holy shit, I hope they sell t-shirts.

[Thanks to CB for the link.]

I don’t know if I can correctly describe my expression upon reading this account of a new book that crosses Pride and Prejudice with zombie mayhem, but it’s somewhere between horror, befuddlement, and laughter at the total absurdity.

If one could explain zombies to Jane Austen, what would she say? And more importantly, how much more awesome would every classic tale be with the addition of zombies?

[Thanks to Star Opal and many others for the link].

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    ev says:

    I will have to buy this for two reasons. First, Daughter (the one in film school) already has his other books and secondly, she has been saying for a long time now that the first film she wants to make is a Zombie Porn flick. I find the juxtoposition amusing on that and this goes right along with it.

    I am horrified and terribly amused by the whole thing. I just don’t know which one will win out.

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    ev says:

    Is West Breast in Eastern Scotland??? And is there a South Piddle so that a North one was needed?

    Why would they want to stop using such awesome names? Your desire of going there and getting a t-shirt is the reason they need to keep up the traditon for god’s sake.

    I wonder if there is one t-shirt with all the awesome names and little check boxes so you can check off each one? Imagine the looks and comments on that as opposed to a different shirt for each place.

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    Betsy says:

    Oh my God I just found this and sent it to my boyfriend last night!  And lo and behold, he is now willing to read Pride and Prejudice…though it will probably be a while yet before I can get him to sit down for the fabulous six-hour Colin Firth miniseries experience.

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    Michele says:

    Jane Austen vs. Zombies… glad I set my coffee down before reading that. I gotta read that one.

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    I am totally reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and I will be giggling the entire time at the mental picture of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, Gentleman and Zombie-Slayer. Whose cravat gets lightly mussed when he beheads the shambling undead.

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    Gwynnyd says:

    It could be a whole new genre!  How about Romeo and Juliet and Zombies- where the Montagues and the Capulets have to take on everyone who died in the first version?

    or Hamlet the Zombie?  Just think about the possibilities there!

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    Stelly says:

    Wow.  I’m not quite sure if I want to read this yet.  Perhaps I’ll wait until the library has a copy.

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    LizA says:

    Austria has the following small village to offer:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fucking,_Austria

    (It has to be said that the word is meaningless in German, itself, and has only become funny since English has become widly known)

    In Bavaria, there are villages named Kissing and Petting.

    And my American friends always laugh at a mountain nearby, aptly named Wankspitze (Wank Peak)….

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    Faellie says:

    The editor of the local newspaper for Ugley had to wait many years, but eventually got to use the headline “Ugley woman marries Nasty man”…

    Jane Austen had plenty to say about the absurdities of gothic horror in Northanger Abbey, and might well be amused by the idea of Elizabeth Bennett and zombies.  Elizabeth Bennett and porn, perhaps not so much.

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    Kalen Hughes says:

    she has been saying for a long time now that the first film she wants to make is a Zombie Porn flick.

    Already been done. God I’m so sorry I know that . . .

    Bonus: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/Road_signs_warn_of_zombies.

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    Kalen Hughes says:

    Dang it, why does the site think I’m SMAM?

  12. 12
    Kalen Hughes says:

    SPAM. Sigh.

    All I was trying to post is that Zombie Porn’s been done and that apparetly road signs in TX are now warning of Zombies ahead, LOL!

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    closetcrafter says:

    Sarah, could the book tour possibly be stopping in the ‘Burgh? No, don’t tell me, I’ll be waiting with baited breath to find out when it is announced, and girl, you better believe I will go from the North Hills to the South or cross bridges, parallel park, etc whatever it takes to get an autographed copy!!!
    I will not miss my second chance at a brush with greatness. It was a mistake for me not to trot downtown last year for the meeting. I was unfamiliar with the way of the meeting and didn’t realize that part of it was open to the public.

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    Luisa Prieto says:

    I think most classics would benefit from the addition of zombies. Can you imagine the Brothers Karamazov with zombies? In most of the movies/books, we never know why the dead rose. This time, we can rest assured that Smerdyakov is behind it and probably will frame Dmitri for it ;)

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    Elizabeth Wadsworth says:

    I think most classics would benefit from the addition of zombies.

    Absolutely!  Especially Giants in the Earth, which I recall having to suffer through in high school.  It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch, either, as most of the characters are already zombies.  Ditto for most of Henry James.

    As for the book currently under discussion, I can’t decide whether to run to order it or run screaming in the other direction…

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    Ms Manna says:

    I think that ‘…with zombies!’ is one of those phrases, like ‘…on ice!’ or ‘…in space!’ which makes pretty much anything better.  Or at least funnier.

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    SusannaG says:

    Also true of “with dragons.”

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    It could be a whole new genre!  How about Romeo and Juliet and Zombies- where the Montagues and the Capulets have to take on everyone who died in the first version?

    Dang it. I’m actually working on a similar idea. It’s ROMEO AND JULIET II. Picks up right where part I ends with R & J “waking up” as zombies. It alls goes to Hell from there.

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    ev says:

    Already been done. God I’m so sorry I know that . . .

    Kalen- you have to tell me what it is! I need to send it to her.

    Moby Dick and Zombies.

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    The Other Laura H. says:

    All literature (except for the tale dissected in S/Z) is zombie literature, particularly the Austens and the Brontes. It just takes close reading.

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    Shreela says:

    When I skimmed this post and saw P&P;w/ zombies, I clicked over ASAP and found many others that like the idea as much as me. I bet there’ll be a movie too, then we’ll be seeing all sorts of classics with zombies, which might not be too awful, depending on the author/director. Meanwhile, I’m anxiously waiting for Brad Pitt to come out with WWZ.

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