One cannot always be laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty

pride and prejudice zombie book

But is there something in there about laughing at women?

“There certainly was some great mismanagement in the education of those two young men. One has got all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it.”

“I never thought Mr. Darcy so deficient in the appearance of it as you used to do.”

“And yet I meant to be uncommonly clever in taking so decided a dislike to him, without any reason. It is such a spur to one’s genius, such an opening for wit, to have a dislike of that kind. One may be continually abusive without saying anything just; but one cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.”

by Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817)
from Pride and Prejudice, 1813
Chapter 40
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Pride and Prejudice… and Zombies?

The excerpt is from Pride and Prejudice, the classic Jane Austen version, first words: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

The image is an invader from planet zombie, first words: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” And yes, it was a New York Times bestseller, making it all the way to the third spot in April of 2009.

Are you completely confused? Don’t be. It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve been in a gothic telenovela state of mind lately, and the zombie thing just sort of slipped out. I blame Goodreads.

When the Goodreads January newsletter hit my email box yesterday, I learned that Pride and Prejudice Zombies took twelfth place in their big list of 2009’s top books. The newsletter put it this way: “The zombies of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies put up a good fight, but were bitten back in the final days of voting by the vampires of Dead and Gone.”

Unlike the person who took today’s photo, I have read the original version of Pride and Prejudice. I have yet to take a bite out of the zombie version.

Oh… and I haven’t eaten the brains of any single men recently, at least not much.

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