Mighty Red Pen

February 9, 2009

Mmm, braaaaiiiiinnnnsss

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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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