It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen has ridden quite the wave of popularity in the past few years, from cheeky instruction manuals to Keira Knightley films. And now, perhaps inevitably, we see the blessed union of two beloved trends in Seth Grahame-Smith's "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." To be released by Quirk Books later this year, the book promises to update the comedy of manners "with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action." Grahame-Smith is the author of "How to Survive a Horror Movie" and "The Big Book of Porn," two of the many indications that this will not be featured at your mother's next book club. One obvious question, of course, is what would Ms. Austen think of this unconventional adaptation? To this, I turned to Salon book critic and Austen fan Laura Miller, who replied:
"Well, she'd be astonished, of course, since her age was, sadly, as bereft of zombie movies as it was of indoor plumbing. However, I don't doubt that Elizabeth Bennet would adapt quickly to the imperatives of a zombie attack and in time prove one of our ablest leaders in the war against the undead. The real question is: If Mr. Darcy became infected, would Elizabeth have the fortitude to behead him in time?"