Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Paradigms in Modern Publishing

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is set for a sequel: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

Apparently the literary-classic-plus-monsters model is getting to be a Big Thing, with Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter and I am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas set for release this autumn. However, Quirk Books, the publishers of P&P&Z, are keen to emphasise that they won't just be cashing in with more zombified mash-ups; they're rather more ambitious than that.

"I think Pride and Prejudice and Zombies fans are counting on us to deliver something original, and I don't think they will be disappointed," says editorial director Jason Rekulak, as though changing the type of monster were a bona fide act of literary innovation. It's a pretty sad state of affairs when not putting zombies in a book is a path-breaking publishing strategy.

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