Thursday, April 23, 2009


Rob recently played this, perhaps our favorite Jonathan Coulton song, and I realized that there are a lot of zombies in my entertainment right now.  What is up with that? It must be the zeitgeist.  The zombie zeitgeist.

We like to play games and Rob got several new ones for his birthday in December.  We also had a new baby in December so we didn't break them out and actually play any of them until our trip to California last week but they all turned out to be really fun.  One of them was "Give Me the Brain", a card game where all the players are zombies working at a fast-food restaurant.  You have to complete jobs, some of which you need a brain for and some of which you do not.  We've played this with both sets of our parents now and it is great fun, and I highly recommend it to any other game enthusiasts out there.

And then right now I am reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  How does all this Jane Austen fanfic keep getting published by actual publishers as actual books?  Why isn't it confined to the internet like most other fanfic?  A lot of it isn't even Bridget-Jones-style modern retellings, just straight-up fanfic. It must say something about the cultural importance and commercial appeal of Jane Austen that people publish, buy, and read books telling the original story from Darcy's perspective, scandalously explicit post-wedding sequels, and now the original story infested with zombies.  I'm about a third of the way through it right now and so far am enjoying it quite a bit.  It is a gimmick and a one-joke book, of course, but oh, what a good joke it is...  Seriously, it is literally the original novel (abridged a bit) with scenes of zombies attacking and being fought off inserted in.  I'd estimate that about 75% of the phrases are lifted straight from Austen, with the balance of the book involving zombies attacking during the balls, Elizabeth vanquishing zombies, Mrs. Bennet bemoaning the plague of the undead, etc.  It's a fantastic concept and is funny, funny, funny.


amydove said...

This is completely unrelated to zombies, but I just heard of this site and thought you might be interested:

Eva said...

Believe it or not, I have played "Give me the brain". I agree with you that it is a great game. It even converted some seriously anti-game Germans.

Tina said...

I am going to need to get Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Wow.

Also, I love Jonathan Coulton, but after two concerts of his, I have to be very careful about his music. It gets in your head and, pardon the pun, eats your brain. After listening to it I am up at 3 in the morning trying desperately to get the lyrics OUT OF MY HEAD. But I still love him.

Colleen said...

That book sounds hilarious! I had no idea such a thing existed!

angie.a said...

Ok I might actually have to read that! I bemoan the horrid storytelling that winds up on bookstore shelves ALL the time. Stephenie Meyer's final Twilight book SLAYS me with the extreme BAD. I figure once I finish this book I've been writing and attempt to find an agent/publisher, no one will take me because it doesn't stink enough. :P