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Mrs. Darcy vs The Aliens

JK Evanczuk / Thursday, February 18, 2010 Comments Off

This whole classic-literature-meets-monsters trend keeps getting weirder and weirder. The latest mashup is Mrs. Darcy vs The Aliens, which author Jonathan Pinnock describes as:

Mrs Darcy vs The Aliens is a slightly demented sequel to Pride and Prejudice, although it has been described more accurately as “not so much Pride and Prejudice‘s sequel as its bastard offspring following a drunken one-night stand with the X-Files.”

Mostly, I like this idea because of the book trailer the author put together. It has Colin Firth in it, it’s in French, and it’s one of the weirdest book trailers I’ve ever seen.

If I could speak with one person dead or alive, I would want to chat with Jane Austen just so I could get her reaction to all these mashups. Given that she was apparently pretty risque and controversial in her day, I have a feeling she would think it all was a very good joke–what do you think?

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  • http://entomologyofabookworm.blogspot.com Kerry

    I loved the concept of the first mashup (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), as it was just so original. And I actually found Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters slightly more enjoyable, I think because I am less familiar with the original text, and therefore found the monsters less irritatingly distracting than in P&P&Z. Then along came Abraham Lincoln: Vampire killer (from the author of P&P&Z), which turned the idea toward history. But haven’t we know gone far enough? It all seems a bit like copycatting after a while.

    That being said, I think I’d have to agree with you that Jane Austen would find it all entertaining.

  • http://www.jonathanpinnock,com Jonathan Pinnock

    Thanks very much for posting this, JK! And Kerry, I know exactly what you’re thinking. But this certainly isn’t a copycat operation; it’s been brewing since 2007. Please do take a look at how it came about: http://www.jonathanpinnock.com/2009/12/mrs-darcy-vs-the-aliens/. There’s nothing new under the sun, after all.

  • http://kaytheod.blogspot.com/ Kay Theodoratus

    Mysteries had a similar fad … only they used the characters as sleuths.

  • http://www.jonathanpinnock.com/2010/02/mrs-darcy-episode-nineteen/ Mrs Darcy, Episode Nineteen : Jonathan Pinnock’s Write Stuff

    [...] pronounced it “fantastic and very funny”, and JK Evanczuk in the really quite serious Lit Drift has said that it’s “one of the weirdest book trailers I’ve ever seen”. My [...]

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