Aside from the obvious alliteration of the book’s title, I’m having a hard time figuring out why Quirk Books decided to mashup yet another Jane Austen book with creature monster madness.
Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s not to say that I’m not head over heels excited for Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, but it seems like there are plenty of other Victorian English authors in which to pilfer from.
I also like that they didn’t go the easy route and follow up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with a Jane Austen novel and a dash of vampires or werewolves or Frankenstein or something. (Actually mashing up Shelley’s Frankenstein with sea monsters would be hella cool.)
From the press release:
With Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Quirk Classics has also developed a new Austen to monster ratio. Instead of featuring 85% of Austen’s work and 15% new text as in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters features 60% Austen and 40% additional monster chaos! Most importantly, this new Quirk Classic stays true to Austen’s original novel…
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 biting sea monsters. It’s survival of the fittest–and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love!
I would be less excited about this, but Zombies proved to be more than just hype. It was a geeky and well-written mashup and so naturally my curiosity by this one is piqued. Plus, this trailer they cut for the book is kinda badass.