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Undead Invasion

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies made waves when it came out. I read a friend's copy; it replaced wit with slapstick. The idea was better than the execution.

Other authors followed up on PPZ. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Mansfield Park and Mummies (which I am currently reading). Emma and the Werewolves. Each by a different author which means that I should not assume that shoddy work in one implies shoddy work in the others.

I knew the undead had invaded Austen. At some point they invaded other classic works as well, for here is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim. The Undead World of Oz: L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Complete with Zombies and Monsters. Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers. The War of the Worlds plus Blood, Guts and Zombies.

Yes, really.

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chickenfeet2003
Jan. 31st, 2010 09:16 am (UTC)
I look forward to this trend continuing with more modern classics. Hotel du Black Lagoon? The Remainz of the Brainz?
gillpolack
Jan. 31st, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
Soon there will be A Complete Guide to Classsic Literature with Zombies.
owlfish
Jan. 31st, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
I look forward to it even more than I do the retellings themselves.
friend_of_tofu
Jan. 31st, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
I didn't really like the trend much, but I am tempted by the Undead World of Oz...
ellid
Jan. 31st, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
EWWWWWWW.
a_d_medievalist
Jan. 31st, 2010 11:19 am (UTC)
Sea Monsters is on my bed table -- a gift, but I'm looking forward to it, as the first chapter indicates that it's Cthulhu-related, rather than just any sea monsters.
owlfish
Jan. 31st, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Report back on it, please, when you're done. (Or if you give up on it.)
a_d_medievalist
Jan. 31st, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
will do
moon_custafer
Jan. 31st, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim could potentially be interesting, if it's set in a world like that of Fido in which zombies are used as slave labour. Of course, it could also wind-up totally offending people and leading to another race-fail kerfuffle.
owlfish
Jan. 31st, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
The race-fail potential somehow seems more probable to me, alas.
tempestsarekind
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim.

UM NO WHAT. I see very few ways in which that could possibly be a good idea.
retsuko
Jan. 31st, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
I saw Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter for sale today. My first thought was, when did she have time to do that? D:
moon_custafer
Feb. 1st, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
Before she met Albert, I think.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
If I may

'Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers' is part of my wider 'Canterbury Tales' project.

Through different genres Chaucer's pilgrims are telling their second stories on the return journey to London.

You can read all about it at:

www.paulfreeman.weebly.com

Also, RH&FT is actually an original story since the old Robin Hood legends were very fragmentary, so technically it's not a mash up.

Anyhow, thanks for the mention and the healthy discussion about the Zombie fad. You should hear what some Chaucer scholars have called me!

Best wishes

Paul A. Freeman
owlfish
Feb. 23rd, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you for putting your book in context! I admit, I put only seconds into glancing at information on any of these books (other than the two I've read). I blindly accepted Amazon.co.uk's suggestions of "If you're interested in this, you may also be interested in...." Superficially, on title alone anyways, Amazon was matching appropriately.
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