Monday, December 14, 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Money


     Okay, so I found myself on the New York Times Magazine online and was looking through the most awesome thing ever to appear on the internet--The Ninth Annual Year in Ideas which is just a compilation of the most awesome ideas ever. A few of them are things like kickstarter.com, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and man-made, carbon filtering trees. And, yes, I do think that, while I haven't read it, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a good idea (it's making loads of money, right?) But now it looks like even more money to be made off of it.

Are you ready for it?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies...the movie????

    That's right, apparently a movie based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, starring Natalie Portman, will be showing up on the big screen.
    Okay, I like Pride and Prejudice, I like zombies, I like movies based on books, and Natalie Portman is okay--but this might be going too far.
    I'm not really sure how I feel about this yet, I mean it has the potential to be totally awesome and it also has the potential to be horrendous but I think I could get a good laugh out of it either way.

    I really have to read this book, it might forever scar me in that every time i watch the original version of Pride and Prejudice, I'll be expecting Elizabeth Bennett to be sporting ninja gear and her sisters to be fighting off zombies with their martial art skills.
    The thought of that is altogether terrifying and, I must add, completely awesome.
    But I think that the idea is cool, I mean, it's good for people who don't really understand the old English and stuff because it can be hard to follow sometimes. I know that Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters include discussion questions at the end like:

      2. In “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters,” painful personal setbacks often occur at the same moment as sea-monster attacks, suggesting a metaphorical linkage of “monsters” with the pains of romantic disappointment; for example, Marianne is rebuffed by Willoughby at Hydra-Z precisely as the giant mutant lobsters are staging their mutiny. Have you ever been “attacked by giant lobsters,” either figuratively or literally?

    While this is good for people who can't understand a story as simple as Sense and Sensibility, it also shows to us all how ignorant the majority of the people in our society are.
     It started out as a good idea but now it's just about the money. These mash-ups are just a part of a short phase that will never be remembered in history and the original versions will remain unscathed. And because of my undying (get it? hehe) love for the classics, my love for the original version of Pride and Prejudice will never be tarnished.

    Have you read the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? If you did, did you like it? How do you feel about a movie being made about it?

6 comments:

Sidney said...

Wow is this for real? That's crazy. I'm gonna have to check out that book.

Sarah said...

Ok, I've never heard of the book much less read it. But the idea kind of repulses me. It's kind of cool when they change classics but this is just ridiculous!!! And I would never use my hard-earned paycheck to go see this in the theaters (though I might rent it just for laughs).

Lizzy said...

I think it's ridiculous too. IMO. = )

JMay said...

Def. will have to check out that book.

Interesting!

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