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Jane Austen and Vampyres

A mysterious plague has fallen up the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the Zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. Wheat ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan and overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature…* A friend of mine, author Diana Birchall, recently brought up the recent rash of Vampire novels, many with Austen references, asking if I could explain the sudden popularity of these trash sequels, e.g.,Pride & Predator and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. She wrote, “It seems to be an unstoppable genre, of unending fascination to young women particularly, and I’m baffled as to why. It would have had no appeal to me at all as a teenager. The teen vampire novels I’ve read are mostly very anodyne – toothless vampires, you might say. They usually drink blood, but in a nice way, if such a thing is possible. There’s nothing gruesome or gory about these books…Just dreamy young girl romance, and fantasy adventure…The dishy boy is a nice eligible vampire, that’s all, and he and the spunky girl save the world…I don’t

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