So you’ve probably heard about the upcoming book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!, and its half sister Pride and Predator that Elton John is producing as a film. The blogosphere has been absolutely buzzing about it in the previous weeks. It’s strange that something like this is getting this much attention. Works like this have never been published before in traditional media, and when they have, they’ve been the butt of a joke, because they are just that: a joke. I’m not entirely certain if I find it very funny. Why? ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is a garden variety, run of the mill fan fiction premise.
I haven’t read the book, I will admit that, it’s not even out yet so I can’t comment on the extra inserted material; it may well be very good, but the hype that is coming off this makes you think that this just might be the greatest thing to happen to classic fiction since chocolate met peanut butter. It’s been done before if you know where to look, and that place is the internet. The internet has a long tradition of letting crackpots get things off their chest, (like this editorial) and fan fiction is a huge part of that.
Are we as a society so culturally bankrupt that we have to cannibalize ideas and blend them together into a stew that’s so foul and disgusting that we can somehow find it refreshing? Probably, and I don’t like it. Besides, a better crossover would have been Jane Eyre meets Herbert West: Reanimator.