Thursday, August 5, 2010

Jane Austen's Fight Club

This needs to be a real movie. (via Feministe, which also has a transcript)

And also: a funny and thought-provoking post on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as a form of cultural appropriation. The author argues that works considered feminine, such as the novels of Jane Austen, are often devalued in our society and Seth Grahame-Smith's addition of zombies amounts to a "masculinization" of Pride and Prejudice that therefore "improves" it. She gives some amusing suggestions for the "feminization" of books highly regarded by men, such as A Hitchhiker’s Guide to That Tiny Sliver of the Earth the Idiots from Sex and the City Inhabit. There's even more funniness in the comments: Nuclear Hamlet and The Sound and the Fury and the Swarm of Killer Bees.


Iris on Books said...

Definitely worthy of its own movie :)

That article was interesting as well, I think I may just understand my own frustration with these books better now. I didn't really care for the language of the article, but that's just me I guess.

E. L. Fay said...

Yeah, the writer's humor style is laid on a bit thick and runs the risk of obfuscating her point. But it's a worthwhile read.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Love the video! It was particularly timely for me since last night we watched the movie, "Becoming Jane." How sad it was for women. This video is much happier!

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