Classic Literature and Zombies

This week I read a review of a new book called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance–Now With Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!  The author (a clever, enterprising young man, no doubt), took Jane Austen’s text and lightly revised it to include references to zombies.  Here’s Amazon’s blurb:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? 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.


Not only do I have this on my hold list at the library so I can have a good laugh at the novelty of the idea, but now I’m thinking, this is easy!  I should have thought of this first!  If this books sells well, the possibilities for similar such exploitations are limitless.  Consider what I’ve come up with so far:

  • Of Mice and Men and Zombies
  • Romeo and Juliet and Zombies
  • The Sound and the Fury and the Zombies

They don’t even have to be zombies.  Lots of stuff would work:

  • War and Peace and Vampires
  • The Old Man and the Sea and the Werewolf
  • Crime and Punishment and Aliens

Heck, they don’t even have to be monsters at all.  Some titles just beg for random silliness:

  • The Naked and the Dead and the Rave Party
  • The Moon and Sixpence and Spam
  • Zen and the Arts of Motorcycle Maintenance and Brain Surgery and Stamp Collecting
  • Franny and Zooey and Carly and Jimmy and Henry and Joey and Stacy and Bob

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