To anyone who remembers my earlier entry on Pride And Prejudice And Zombies And The Literary Circle At Large... What do you think this entry is all about?

To quote myself on the earlier entry, this is an undoubtedly peculiar yet gradually emerging mentality amongst the publishing industry. As mentioned earlier, an undisclosed Hollywood studio had already won the bidding battle for the filming rights of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith (who incidentally will be making his debut as a comic book writer on Marvel Zombies Return: Hulk) that is in itself a is a crossover in every sense of the word, mashing Jane Austen's classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice with, yeah, zombies. And so it seems, we have a sequel (kinda).

Now, may I add that Sea Monsters are not exactly as attention-grabbing, and popular kind of creatures as Zombies? That said, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, being a spiritual sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is by a different writer, Ben H. Winters, but nonetheless being another crossover novel mashing Jane Austen's 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility with sea monster stories. Like its predecessor, Austen is listed as the co-author to the novel. Published by Quirk Books on September 15 2009, the novel was officially announced via a pretty tame YouTube video (embedded below for your convenience) which has gotten over 100,000 views since launched.

As mentioned, crossover between peers and now genres are almost certain to be a success depending on the fanfare of the subject materials but with Sea Monsters, of whom popularity probably soared a little quite recently with the Kraken being featured in the "Pirates Of The Carribean" trilogy, this might not go down as well with the casual reader. One particular Sea Monster this publisher wouldn't want to cross ought to be the shark, what with the high possibility of this one jumping the shark for them.

Regardless, Jane Austen seemed poised for quite a few turns more in her grave. What with this plot synopsis:

From Quirk Books—publisher of the New York Times Best Seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies—comes a new tale of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem!

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities. As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels? This masterful portrait of Regency England blends Jane Austen’s biting social commentary with ultraviolent depictions of sea monsters biting. It’s survival of the fittest-and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love!

JANE AUSTEN is coauthor of the New York Times best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which has been translated into 17 languages and optioned to become a major motion picture. She died in 1817.

BEN H. WINTERS is a writer based in Brooklyn.


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