What do you get when you cross Pride and Prejudice with one of Chuck Palahniuk's most popular novels? Answer: Jane Austen's Fight Club.
This fake trailer has been making waves on the Internet recently, for its mashup of dainty 19th century ladies using 20th century brawling tactics to "express themselves." And I will readily admit that I'm not nearly as well-versed in the writings of the celebrated English novelist as compared to Chuck's works. But I suppose it's the best of both worlds, eh?
Brenna Ehrlich on Mashable (who also writes for one of my favorite blogs, Stuff Hipsters Hate) thinks guys like me would've read Austen's books if they followed the storyline of this movie. And she also notes that:
The humor in the video seems to reflect a recent trend we’ve been seeing in literature, whereby classic books are injected with dark, incongruous humor — see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (you can check about the book trailer for the prequel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, on YouTube) and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.
But Laura Miller of Salon finds fault in pop culture salivating over Austenian-inspired spinoffs, and not necessarily the real deal:
Granted, we have a Jane Austen problem. Austen, like Jesus, is most misunderstood and misrepresented by those who claim to love her best. Somehow, a writer regarded by previous generations as among the greatest novelists of all time, widely read by both men and women, has lately been cast in the role of the grandmother of chick lit. Nostalgic fetishists of tea sets, balls, empire-waist gowns and Colin Firth choose to see the milieu of Austen's novels as a theme park for genteel romance instead of as the unforgiving shark pond it actually was. Pop culture can only take advantage of what Austen has to offer when it realizes what's actually there.
Regardless, this video seems to take the cake, compared to other mashups (see: Pride and Prejudice Star Wars). And if we're talking Fight Club re-creations, this one edges out the emo band version I held so dear to my heart (in high school, mind you), by the band Taking Back Sunday. But I'll let you decide.