Sense And Sensibility And Sea Monsters: Can lightning strike twice?
Quirk Books has announced the follow-up to the wildly buzzed-about Pride And Prejudice And Zombies: Sense And Sensibility And Sea Monsters. No, really.
The press release calls the book, which will be out September 15, "a new tale of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem." But I must admit that my favorite part is the description of the book's author -- well, co-author with, you know, Jane Austen. It says, "BEN H. WINTERS is a writer who lives in Brooklyn with all the other writers." Indeed, indeed.
Quirk is promising a different formula for the book -- they claim "60% Austen and 40% additional monster chaos," rather than Pride And Prejudice And Zombies' 85-15 split. And editor Jason Rekulak says that the use of sea monsters allowed them to draw on more sources of inspiration: "Jaws, Lost, Pirates of the Caribbean, even SpongeBob Squarepants."
Of course, not every novel experiment (no pun intended) should be repeated, let alone amped up. We shall see, come September, whether we find ourselves in a pop-culture sea-monster revival.