Zombies, and Vampires, and Werewolves Oh My!

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The New York Times has a piece today which is right up the alley of monster lovers like me. Check it out:

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — which bills itself as “The Classic Regency Romance, Now With Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!” — has rocketed to the Top 10 on Amazon’s best-seller list by grabbing on to two hot trends.

The first, obviously, is zombies, which have been on the rise in recent years, and — perhaps as a result of the anxious times we are living in — seem to be more popular than ever.

“Zombieland,” starring Woody Harrelson, is scheduled for release in October. The screenwriter of the moment, Diablo Cody, fresh off her “Juno” success, is producing a romantic comedy entitled “Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament.” Left4Dead, a zombie-hunting video game, has sold more than 2.5 million copies since last fall.

Mashups are also big. The idea of combining two data sources into a new product began in the tech world (also think music remixes) and is spreading — including to book publishing.

The cover of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” features a primly dressed young woman with a decomposing face. As in Jane Austen’s original, a main setting is Netherfield Park, the estate of the wealthy bachelor Mr. Bingley. In this story, Netherfield Park is recovering from attacks in which a “household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead.” (Read the whole thing here)

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