Minor pandemonium ensued in the blogosphere this month after Quirk Books announced the publication of . . . an edition of Austen’s classic juiced up with “all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem” by a Los Angeles television writer named Seth Grahame-Smith. (First line: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”)
Next year, there will be Jane Bites Back (in which the exploited author revenges herself vampire-style upon all the people who've been making money off her work since her death). What's next for Ms. Austen the Mashup? Will Mr. Darcy prove to have been a cyborg all along?