In June, I’m partaking in a bookish Instagram challenge here on the blog. Pictures are required (because Instagram), so I’ll post a pic with some explanation or other every day. The challenge is courtesy of Bookriot. And if you’ve got Instagram and want to see what other people come up with, just check #riotgrams.
19 – Opposites
Let’s start with comparison of the first paragraphs of the books. You know which one I mean, one of the most classics openings of a book ever:
Pride and Prejudice:
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.
“My dear Mr Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, “have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”
Mr Bennet replied that he had not.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Never was this truth more plain than during the recent attacks at Netherfield Park, in which a household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead.
“My dear Mr. Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, “have you heard that Netherfield Park is occupied again?”
Mr. Bennet replied that he had not and went about his morning business of dagger sharpening and musket polishing—for attacks by the unmentionables had grown alarmingly frequent in recent weeks.
—Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
I have just one word for this: MEH.
This does not work for me at all. Maybe it’s because of the zombies—remember I told you on day two of the challenge that I’m not a fan?—or maybe it’s just because I adore the real Pride and Prejudice so much that I really don’t appreciate someone mucking around with it?
Probably a little bit of both.
But where I was all fan-girly and gushing about the Shakespeare+Star Wars mash-up on day fifteen, here I’m all…un-gushy (it’s a word!!)
I’m very, very skeptical.
How do you feel about zombies in Netherfield Park?