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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single literary classic in possession of a good reputation must be in want of some zombies.

Lots of them.

Or at least that's what the latest publishing industry trend tells us. For those not in the know, some of the current No. 1 best-selling books are those with titles such as "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies" and "Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters." There's also "Android Karenina" and "Night of the Living Trekkies."


This trend (which is going to soon hit theaters as well) is taking literary classics and turning them on their head by adding horror (and to some, humor) elements. For traditional literature lovers, this has naturally been a controversial issue.

However that has not stopped the trend. Quirk Books is now releasing "Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadful," which takes this trend a step farther by being a prequel about the lives of the Bennett girls prior to Elizabeth and Darcy's drawn out mating dance. Better yet, there's even a book trailer for your viewing pleasure:

Naturally, with my complete lack of maturity, I find books like these immensely amusing and will be reading them once I finish my giant (and possibly ill-conceived) project of reading all of Jane Austen's novels in a row (S&S and P&P down and currently on "Mansfield Park"). Not to mention, I'm a firm believer that the presence of zombies improves everything.

But I'm curious what you guys think.