Watch the Bloody Good ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Trailer

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

Move aside Walking Dead, because the world’s first successful literary monster mashup — Pride and Prejudice and Zombies — finally has a movie trailer.

Biting social commentary plus actual biting? Yes please!

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‘O.C.’ Creator Josh Schwartz is Adapting ‘Horrorstör’ for Fox Television

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Creator of The O.C. (and Gossip Girl and Chuck), Josh Schwartz is developing a horror comedy for Fox adapted from the novel Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix. It’s basically a parody of the retail furniture shopping experience complete with PÄIND and ÄGÖNNII.

Much like the book, the television series will be set in an IKEA-esque store called Orsk which is most definitely haunted.

Unlike the book, it will not be packaged in a tome that is hilariously reminiscent of an IKEA catalog.

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Around the Interwebs: Volume XIX

Gary Busey Explains How Hobbits Are Real and Why They’re Horny. Through Song. (via StarCrush)

For some reason (that reason most likely being brain damage) actor Gary Busey is under the impression that Hobbits are real. So much so that on his YouTube series “The Busey Zone” he shows off his severed Hobbit foot and sings a song about how they’re really horny. Jump to 3:28 for that nonsense. Because in Gary Busey land, “Horny starts with an H. The letter H. Hobbits start with the letter H. Horny Hobbits are thriving in Middle-earth. They don’t know what a reindeer is, but they’re horny like you can’t believe it.” This guy’s brain is like a bag full of cats.

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An Epic Cat-astrophe: Cassie-la Hisses Her Disapproval of “The Meowmorphosis” by Kafka and Cook

The Meowmorphosis by Franz Kafka and Coleridge Cook (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Genre: Literary mash-up, absurdism, parody, retelling, fluffy kittens
Rating: 2.8 out of 5 stars

Summary: Gregor Samsa awakes to discover that he is an adorable kitten. He is not a metaphor for alienation or isolation, but merely a big fluffy thing that one would rather cuddle with than search for symbolism in. When Quirk Classics gets their claws in another masterpiece, you will be wishing that you were reading A Farewell to Arms and Legs or The Scarlet Bloodletter instead.

This is the third advanced copy of a novel that I have won/been gifted by Quirk Books. They are an amazing publishing company who truly cares about their customers and I love most everything they put out, but it would be wrong of me to say I enjoyed the newest offering from their Quirk Classic series.

The Meowmorphosis follows the same basic format of the other literary mash-ups, classic text plus a fun extra to enhance or alter our perception of the original. So when I heard about a re-imagining of Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis but with Gregor Samsa being transformed into a kitten, I was intrigued. Sadly, the novel itself does not deliver. Well, it delivers, it just doesn’t deliver anything good. Or anything very kitten-y.

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Cassie-wa Reviews “The Wizard, the Witch, and Two Girls From Jersey” by Lisa Papademetriou

The Wizard, The Witch, and Two Girls From Jersey by Lisa Papademetriou
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Parody, Goofy As Hell
Rating: Adorable out of 5 stars
Summary: Veronica is a brilliant fantasy nerd who has loved the classic The Queen of Twilight since she was a kid. Heather is a beautiful popular girl who has never even heard of this weird nerd book. When an assignment on the book is due the next day, a fight over the last copy at a Barnes and Noble (plus a strangely malfunctioning barcode scanner) ends up with both girls transported to Galma, the fictional land featured in The Queen of Twilight. They immediately screw up the plot by accidentally causing the death of the golden-haired Princess Arabelle, “The One”: Galma’s only hope of defeating the evil Queen who keeps the land trapped in twilight. Thanks to Heather’s new highlights, however, the two girls manage to fit themselves into the story…

As the back cover says: “Galma is, like, totally doomed.”

I first read this book a few years ago. I remembered it being really hilarious.

It’s still really hilarious.

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The Only Austen Sequel Worth Reading: Cassie-la Reviews “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After” by Steve Hockensmith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date
: March 22, 2011
Genre
: Fiction, horror, humor, parody, zombies, best sequel to a mash-up of all time
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary: This sequel to surprise bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies finds Elizabeth Darcy née Bennet in a marriage lacking in zombie killing. That is until her swoon-worthy husband Fitzwilliam Darcy is infected by an unmentionable and she’s thrown into the warrior lifestyle once again.

With the help of her father and her younger sisters Kitty and Mary, Elizabeth is in a race against the virus to find a mysterious antidote in London. Will she save her Mr. Darcy, or will he be doomed to spend the rest of his life as the sexiest literary zombie of all time?

I thought it couldn’t be possible to make Pride and Prejudice and Zombies into a trilogy without Jane Austen. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I immediately realised this when I picked up Steve Hockensmith’s prequel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls which deals with the Bennet sisters training in the Deadly Arts and zombie slaying. It also deals with lots of ninjas.

The book was good, but it was missing one thing: Mr. Darcy. Thankfully Dreadfully Ever After features him in spades, although he has a tendency to have fevered dreams involving blood pudding and Lizzie’s intestines.

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