Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Publishing Industry Is Killing The Undead Genre...Before It's Even Risen From Its Grave!

According to today's Shelf Awareness email, the buzz surrounding Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been strong enough to inspire a new genre -- 'Monster Lit -- and a slew of hastily conceived knock-offs. Among them:

A Wuthering Heights in which Catherine returns as a ghost to terrorize Heathcliff.
A Jane Eyre title that features more than an insane wife in the attic.
A Mill on the Floss "powered by human sacrifice."

Unsurprisingly, only one of these knock-offs has actually been written. But then, maybe that's already one 'Monster Lit' title too many. After all, the media has pretty much pushed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to the point of overexposure -- and the book isn't even out yet. If all that this newly minted genre has to offer after P&P&Z are uninspired rush-jobs written by publicity-hungry hacks, then the public and the press are going to lose interest pretty quickly. Personally, I'll be pissed if I never get to see the recently announced Hollywood horror film, Pride & Predator. Supposedly, it's being produced by Elton John, who will also supervise the music.

(Editor's Note: Isn't this what the kids used to refer to as, 'Jumping the shark'?)
(Author's response: If by 'the kids' you mean the forty-year-olds who frequent Facebook, then yes.)