Author Adds Giant Lobsters To Jane Austen Classic

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Ben Winters new novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters follows Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which came out earlier this year and was a best sellter. Winters says in Sea Monsters, he didn't change Jane Austen's original story about two sisters seeking husbands in 19th century England. The publisher says a third Austen "mash up" is in the works.


Jane Austen has been good for business for years. Now her novels are spawning a minor but growing genre of twisted sequels. The latest is "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters." That's our last word in business today.

Ben Winters wrote this new novel, which came out last week. He says he didn't change Austen's original story about two sisters seeking husbands in 19th century England.

Mr. BEN WINTERS (Author, "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters"): They're still trying to find love and they're both still trying to negotiate that line between sense and sensibility, between thinking with your heart and thinking with your mind. And all of the extra elements that I've added like, the octopuses, like the man-eating jelly fish, like - I don't want to give too much away, but like the death lobsters - all of this stuff, I'm hoping serves as just a preposterous metaphor for all of the dangers involved in seeking love.

WERTHEIMER: "Sea Monsters" follows "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," which came out earlier this year and was a best-seller. Both are from a small Philadelphia publisher called Quirk, which told NPR it's got a third Jane Austen mashup in the works, but it won't reveal the title yet. We can only guess. Perhaps, it will be "Mansfield Jurassic Park" or "Emma and Man-eating Matchmakers."

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.


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