Monday, August 31st, 2009

Old Book Gets Fresh Vampirey Makeover

Up next: Lady ChatterlyA new edition of Wuthering Heights designed to resemble Stephanie Meyer's Twilight books has sold over 10,000 copies in Britain this year, reports the Guardian:

"Love the Twilight books? Then you'll adore Wuthering Heights, one of the greatest love stories ever told," gushes the book chain's synopsis of Emily Brontë's novel. "Cathy and Heathcliff, childhood friends, are cruelly separated by class, fate and the actions of others. But uniting them is something even stronger: an all-consuming passion that sweeps away everything that comes between them. Even death!"

Apparently some new readers are unimpressed, as are those who did not need young adult vampire fiction to discover the book on their own.

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oudemia (#177)

Imagine my surprise when I saw the following on mr. oudemia's desk:

Really, University of Chicago Press?

oudemia (#177)

Hmm! That didn't work. Behold the cover of Jean-Luc Marion's The Erotic Phenomenon.

jolie (#16)

I have to say, I find this much less offensive than I did that Times article about the teacher who is now letting her middle schoolers read anything for English class. I love the idea of giving kids more control over what they study, particularly when it comes to literature, but the choice should be from an edited list, not a free-for-all (the teacher allowed students to pick among graphic novels and James Patterson. JAMES FUCKING PATTERSON ARE YOU KIDDING ME SIT DOWN, SHUT UP, YOU'LL READ "AS I LAY DYING" JUST LIKE I HAD TO YOU FUCKING BRAT.)

So yeah, this gives me a nervous shiver, but really if the result is that more people discover Bronte, I'll happily suppress the utties and give this a big round of applause.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Why doesn't UCP do what Quirk does and just add on the zombies and sea monsters to begin with?

keisertroll (#1,117)


HiredGoons (#603)

see also: Pride & Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith.

*(Hides copy of Antonia Fraser's Marie Antoinette with Kristin Dunst on cover.)*

Wuthering Heights actually isn't all that romantic. In fact, most of it is extremely depressing.

If they wanted to tip these kids off to a romantic Bronte book, sis Charlotte's "Jane Eyre" would probably be a much better bet.

Jane keeps seeing ghosts and having psychic dreams, and Rochester spends half the book calling her "fairie" and "witch," … it's absolutely perfect for this crowd.

HiredGoons (#603)

"loves never dies" is also the tagline to Coppola's Dracula. Clever these marketing executives be.

Vulpes (#946)


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