“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” Thus begins Seth Graham-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! Back in early 2009, I posted about the book (for the old posts, click here and here). Despite being sold on Amazon, I thought it was a joke. It was not. Over the summer I’ve seen it on the shelves of major bookstores, with a poor young lady zombie wearing a decomposing grin and blood-splattered gown. It gets worse (or better?) — now the Regency zombies are getting ready for their silver screen debut, and Natalie Portman will be starring and producing. I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised..after all, anything related to Jane Austen sells. A lot of Jane Austen fans will want to read/see these works…how about you?
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Everyone’s talking about Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, which has been adapted and directed by Spike Jonze.
Where The Wild Things Are poster for sale for $14.5o at 123posters.com
But, I’m actually more excited about another upcoming movie that has been adapted from a beloved children’s book–Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox! I love this book. The stop-motion film is directed by Wes Anderson and features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman.
This first edition copy of the Fantastic Mr Fox book, with Tony Ross’ illustrations, is available at The Wee Web
Remember how I posted a few weeks ago about the zombie Pride and Prejudice book by Seth Grahame-Smith coming out? The NY Times has noticed all the chatter about the book too. Check out this article: I Was a Regency Zombie. Perhaps my favorite line: “Holy Northanger Abbey!” LOL.
P.S. The book’s opening line is: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
P.P.S. If you can believe it, there is also a competing film project in the works, called Pride and Predator. More here.
I’m stoked! Just found out that PBS has a new film version of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles in their Masterpiece series. It’s showing January 4-11, 2009 on PBS. Gemma Arterton stars as Tess, Eddie Redmayne as Angel, and Hans Matheson as Alec D’Urberville. Should be interesting to see how it compares to the book.
Get more info here.
I really enjoyed this book. So much, in fact, that my reading of it was actually a very short engagement. I picked it up one recent rainy afternoon without very high expectations and ended up reading the entire thing in one sitting. I haven’t done that in a while. Written by Sebastien Japrisot and published in 1991, it’s an intricate mystery, a war story, and a romance all in one.
I love reading books that really tie you up with a character so that your experience of discovery mirrors theirs, and A Very Long Engagement does just that. As Mathilde tries to find out what exactly what happened to her beloved who was killed in the war, hers and the reader’s knowledge and picture of what happened expands and changes and changes again together. I really got swept up into Mathilde’s quest as she hunts down every possible source of information. Like her, I was desperately trying to piece each fragment of a clue into the jigsaw puzzle, trying figure out which characters saw what at what time, which are telling half truths, and just what exactly happened.
I also really like books that play around with the idea of narrative and storytelling, and I thought A Very Long Engagement succeeded here too. Mathilde and the reader both start out with one story of what happened to her fiance Manech, but each new clue and character interrupts that story with extra details and discrepancies, creating a web of stories and memories that by turns cloud and clear up Manech’s story. Running parallel to the unfolding story of Manech’s war experiences is the powerful love story of the present — Mathilde’s enduring love for her childhood friend who left for the war years ago.
P.S. The book also inspired a film with Audrey Tautou.