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08 January 2010 @ 06:15 pm
can we be done with these now???  
Presented without comment: Mansfield Park and Mummies
http://www.amazon.com/Mansfield-Park-Mummies-Matrimony-Delights/dp/1607620472/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_1
 
 
 
La Reine Noire: Austen - Venting Spleenlareinenoire on January 8th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
A friend and I have threatend to write Northanger Abbey and Ninja. If only because it might actually illuminate certain aspects of the book...
tempestsarekind: henry tilney would SO write fanfictempestsarekind on January 8th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Eleanor Tilney's charming young man is a ninja! That's how he comes into his fortune and title!
La Reine Noire: Austen - Venting Spleenlareinenoire on January 8th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Actually, we had a half-formed plot that every single time Catherine Morland thinks she's in danger, she's just survived being attacked by ninja. ;) And that Henry Tilney is trying to protect her.
tempestsarekind: not supposed to be a heroine [NA]tempestsarekind on January 8th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
And she'd never know! Hee. I can actually imagine that of Catherine, sort of...
Magistrix Texan: LOLerstwhiletexan on January 8th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Apparently they're making a movie of Pride and Prejudice ... and Zombies, so no. We can't be done with these now. :(
tempestsarekind: facepalmtempestsarekind on January 8th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
*long sigh*

I'd heard there was a P&P&Z movie in the works, but I still don't get why these things are so popular. Or if they even are: they're massively hyped, but are people actually reading them in the sorts of numbers that would make this push make sense to me?
La Reine Noire: Austen - Venting Spleenlareinenoire on January 8th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, me neither. If I'd known it were this easy to become a bestselling author...
tempestsarekind: typewritertempestsarekind on January 8th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
I know, right? All this worrying about plot and prose, when all I apparently had to do was throw some supernatural creatures into a 19th-century novel in the public domain...
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tempestsarekind: elizabeth bennet is amusedtempestsarekind on January 8th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
I bet Jane Fairfax is a vampire. That's why she's so pale.
Neaneadods on January 9th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Jane Bites Back is in print by now...
cschellscschells on January 8th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Can we write a novel in revenge where all the angsty, violence-prone vampires/werewolves/mummies/zombies just sit around politely, drink tea and discuss pastoral nothings? And then get married in a completely conventional fashion and spend lots of time in their gardens?
tempestsarekind: regency house party [s&s]tempestsarekind on January 8th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Ha! I would love to see all the readers waiting for the carnage and mayhem to begin. And maybe they'd enjoy the book in spite of themselves.
cschellscschells on January 9th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
And waiting, and waiting... It would be a real feat to make it entertaining, but I bet it could be done!
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on January 10th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Revenge...of the Tea Drinkers!!!
Danielle_P: do not mind medeleilan on January 9th, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
You're a genius!
cschellscschells on January 9th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
But, sadly, not a fiction writer... *g*
La Reine Noire: Austen - Venting Spleenlareinenoire on January 9th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
That is brilliant and needs to happen.
cschellscschells on January 9th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
It does, doesn't it? I would totally read it!
Neaneadods on January 9th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
I would totally buy that book!

I'm so tired of these things. The joke wasn't all that funny the first time.
cschellscschells on January 9th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
I would totally buy it, too! But maybe it could be more novella-length than a full novel...
Valancy: Thoughtfulvalancy_s on January 9th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
Funny, the reviews are actually really positive. And hey, it's the first of these send-ups to be cowritten by a woman. Coincidence...?
tempestsarekind: austen bonnetstempestsarekind on January 10th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
I did notice that the reviews were quite positive! I guess that's good? I just don't really get the whole "just add monsters" thing. But then, I think Austen is already fascinating without mummies or sea monsters or zombies...
Valancy: Headscratchvalancy_s on January 10th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
I don't get it either. Well, I get that it's the incongruity that attracts people. I just don't why the publishers think they can turn it into more than the momentary sensation it obviously was. Once you've seen the cover of P&P&Z, the joke's pretty much over.
tempestsarekind: austentempestsarekind on January 10th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, that! I feel like the joke has already leached away, but somehow the concept is still going.
Norilananorilana on January 17th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Dear tempestsarekind,

Google led me here.

Your frustration is understandable, but I also hope you can appreciate mine...

I don't know of course why others have written other mashups, nor can I judge them, but this is why I wrote Mansfield Park and Mummies — my situation is detailed here:

http://norilana.livejournal.com/151791.html

Sincerely,

Vera Nazarian
tempestsarekind: austen bonnetstempestsarekind on January 17th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for commenting. I tend to prefer my Austen without additions, but I appreciate your situation and that your book seems to be different from the other mashups (I looked at P&P&Z and was not impressed). Just goes to show--I oughtn't to leap to conclusions!