Something caught my eye and my stomach and my ire in today's issue. I mean, some of my days have started with my waking from slumber, quoting the opening paragraphs of this book over and over and over. Calvin quips, "Is it going to be another Jane Austin day?" So, to see this put my bloomers in a twist.
Here's the description of the book:
Author Lev Grossman, asks in Time, "Has there ever been a work of literature that couldn't be improved by adding zombies?" In this latest Pride and Prejudice adaption, Jane Austen’s classic is mashed up with zombies, and Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy are killing the undead in-between civilized verbal sparring and romance. Adapted for a 2016 film of the same name, Booklist asks, “What’s next? Wuthering Heights and Werewolves?” With more than 14,375 five-star Goodreads.com ratings, you’ll want to read this while you still have your brains!
Ladies, this thing is a best seller! I just can't get over it. And I know it sounds a little funny coming from a woman who writes stories about men in kilts who shift into bears, but...come on...this is Jane Austin. I hope fire ants build a nest in the author's nose! Not that I'm a vengeful person, mind you.
Although, I must say it's taught me one thing. I've gotten dinged pretty heavily on Goodreads because my heroines cry. Well, I cry. I'm a caring, sensitive person. Show me a picture of a sick child and my waterworks are flowing. So, yes, my heroines are often tender-hearted as well as tough. Yet, have Elizabeth Bennett chase zombies and the book gets over 14,000 five-star reviews on Goodreads! Blows my mind, folks. Never again will I get upset over a review there. In fact, I'm going to stop looking at them.
I know we write to entertain. Mostly, I like to entertain myself, although my editor often has different ideas in mind. She wants what's trending. And this old gal hasn't trended in decades. Amazing, isn't it? What sells and what doesn't? No one ever said this business made any sense.