Mighty Red Pen

September 20, 2011

Cents and centsability

Filed under: Lit review,Mad marketing — mighty red pen @ 5:35 pm
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I just don’t know what to make of Jane Austen’s English Ivy Diamond Engagement Ring. If you are a true Jane Austen fan, is this something you would want because it makes you feel like Elizabeth Bennett, or do you scoff at the crass marketing of that which you love?

The ornate ad copy doesn’t help: “From the era of lace and love, grace and honor. This is a ring that is both romantic and perfectly logical. The romance is in the details . . . it always will be. . . .The Jane Austen English Ivy Ring is a ring for the romantically inclined.”

I’m a Jane Austen fan, and I’m leaning toward scoffing (even though, admittedly, the ring is pretty), but I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has a strong opinion either way, especially anyone who finds this a charming tribute to the author.

July 27, 2010

Pride and Prejudice and Fight Club

Filed under: Lit review,Pop culture — mighty red pen @ 5:45 pm
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Zombies? What zombies? Now we have Jane Austen’s Fight Club. And the first rule of Fight Club? One NEVER mentions Fight Club.

June 1, 2009

Elizabeth Darcy, all a-Twitter

Filed under: Lit review,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 5:17 pm
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I don’t know what it is about Jane Austen that makes people want to mess around with her works (witness Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), but this is too great not to share. Even if you find Twitter annoying, Pride and Twitterverse by Under the Mad Hat is pretty freaking ingenious:

TheRealJaneAusten:
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife.

MrsB:
A Mr Bingley–worth 50,000 followers a year–has joined Twitter! He’s brought a friend, Mr Darcy–worth 100,000 followers a year! Pls RT

MrsB:
@JaneB @LizzyB @MaryBsaphorisms @KittyB @LydiaB I will have one of you girls married into internet fame yet. Just you wait.

LizzyB:
@MrsB But mother, I think we can pull ourselves up by our dooce-straps just fine.

MrsB:
Blogcasting: How to find husbands for your daughters: http://tinyurl/momblog Now with free giveaway from our Etsy embroidery shop. Pls RT

Hat tip to Fritinancy. By the way, are you following MRP on Twitter yet?

February 9, 2009

Mmm, braaaaiiiiinnnnsss

Filed under: At home with MRP,Lit review,Overseen — mighty red pen @ 8:13 pm
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janeaustenzombie1In honor of D. (age nearly 3), who scared all of his preschool classmates by running around with his blankie on his head moaning, “I am a zommmbbiiieeee!” MRP is declaring today Zombie Day, with two tasty zombie tidbits (no, not brains) to celebrate.

First is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (June 2009, Quirk Books). It’s a reimagining of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice . . . but with—that’s right—zombies. I can’t believe I didn’t think of that myself.

According to Christopher Shea of  The Boston Globe:

“As our story opens,” continues the unimproveable publicity copy,

a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry?

Like the original, the expanded version begins memorably: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

amd_zombie_signs2Wow. Okay. So that might seem like a tough act to follow but there is more zombie fun from our friends at Today in Awesome, who shared “Midwest Road Sign Prank Warns Drivers of Zombies”:

Look out, drivers—undead ahead!

Officials in several states are unamused by a recent rash of pranks targeting electronic highway signs.

In Collinsville, Ill., east of St. Louis, hackers changed a sign on Interstate 225 Tuesday to read “DAILY LANE CLOSURES DUE TO ZOMBIES.”

If that wasn’t enough to convince commuters of an impending zombie apocalypse, other signs reading “CAUTION! ZOMBIES! AHEAD!!!” and “THE END IS NEAR!!!!!!!!!” may have done the trick.

The signs are a bit dramatic with the punctuation, but mostly, they’re just funny.

Photos from The New York Daily News.

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