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Jane Austen: From zombies to sea monsters

By / July 16, 2009

If at first traditional readers rejoiced over the rock star-like status that Jane Austen enjoys today, they may be rethinking that enthusiasm now. The first half of this year brought us mash-up novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." And now prepare for the sequel: "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters."

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Both books, obviously, are parody novels, taking full advantage of the fact that Austen's works are now in the public domain. The first, by Seth Grahame-Smith, which combines about 85% of Austen's work with 15% new text, quickly achieved bestseller status. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that the publisher, Quirk, is trying again.

The new book, by Ben H. Winters, will use about 60% of Austen's text and 40% "additional monster chaos," according to Quirk.

"Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters" is scheduled for release on Sept. 15. But if you want a preview, catch a glimpse of this video on YouTube. For Austen purists, the 2-minute video may be as much as they can handle. For everyone else, it's worth at least a grin.

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