Ancient Egypt infiltrates Regency England in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic monster parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.
“Hamlet” by Olivier, Kaurismäki or Shepard and “Pride and Prejudice” in its many adaptations show the virulence of these texts and the importance of aesthetic recycling for the formation of cultural identity and diversity. Adaptation has always been a standard literary and cultural strategy, and can be regarded as the dominant means of production in the cultural industries today. Focusing on a variety of aspects such as artistic strategies and genre, but also marketing and cultural politics, this volume takes a critical look at ways of adapting and appropriating cultural texts across epochs and cultures in literature, film and the arts.
The bestselling genre of Frankenfiction sees classic literature turned into commercial narratives invaded by zombies, vampires, werewolves, and other fantastical monsters. Too engaged with tradition for some and not traditional enough for others, these 'monster mashups' are often criticized as a sign of the artistic and moral degeneration of contemporary culture. These hybrid creations are the 'monsters' of our age, lurking at the limits of responsible consumption and acceptable appropriation. This book explores the boundaries and connections between contemporary remix and related modes, including adaptation, parody, the Gothic, Romanticism, and postmodernism. Taking a multimedia approach, case studies range from novels like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series, to television programmes such as Penny Dreadful, to popular visual artworks like Kevin J. Weir's Flux Machine GIFs. Megen de Bruin-Molé uses these monstrous and liminal works to show how the thrill of transgression has been contained within safe and familiar formats, resulting in the mashups that dominate Western popular culture.
"Through analyses of various mediums, this volume explores how the horror genre affects the mind and body of the spectator. By examining how these diverse media generate medium-specific corporeal and sensory responses, it reveals how the sensorium interweaves sensory and intellectual encounters to produce powerful systems of perception"--
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray’s historical fiction series comes to a stunning conclusion as the daughter of Cleopatra risks everything to revive her dynasty. After years of abuse as the emperor’s captive in Rome, Cleopatra Selene is now a powerful queen, ruling over the exotic kingdom of Mauretania with her husband, King Juba II, by her side. But when a jealous Augustus Caesar demands that her children be given over to him to be fostered in Rome, Selene is drawn back into the web of imperial plots and intrigues that she vowed to leave behind... Determined and resourceful, Selene must shield her loved ones from the emperor’s wrath, all while vying with ruthless rivals like King Herod. But unless she can find a way to overcome the threat to her marriage, kingdom, family, and faith, Selene may very well be the last of her line...
The extraordinary daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony seeks to reclaim her birthright in the first novel of an epic historical fiction trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter. From the first breath of her life, young Princess Selene understands herself to be a cherished daughter and the future queen of Egypt. But when Alexandria falls and her parents are forced into suicide, the once-pampered princess and her two surviving brothers are left at the mercy of their captors and dragged through the streets of Rome in chains. Trapped in an empire that reviles her heritage and is suspect of her faith, Selene struggles for survival in a court of intrigue. She can’t hide the hieroglyphics that carve themselves into her hands, nor can she stop the Roman emperor from using her powers for his own ends. Faced with a new and ruthless Caesar who is obsessed with having a Cleopatra of his very own, Selene is determined to resurrect her mother’s dreams and succeed where she failed. But there’s no telling what success will cost her in a treacherous political game where the only rule is win or die....
What did Mr. Darcy think when he first saw Elizabeth Bennet? How did Miss Bingley talk her brother out of proposing to Jane Bennet? And how did Lady Catherine de Bourgh find out Mr. Darcy was on the verge of proposing to Elizabeth? 22 authors of Austen-inspired fiction decided to answer these questions and more. Here are the scenes Jane Austen never wrote: ones that happened off stage, such as Mr. Collins proposing to Charlotte Lucas, and actual Pride and Prejudice scenes from the point of view of different characters. Each author wrote according to their own inspiration, so PRIDE & PREJUDICE: THE SCENES JANE AUSTEN NEVER WROTE is not a complete novel in and of itself. It is a collection of scenes written independently and designed to complement the original. The reader can start at the beginning or dip into any scene they choose. Contributing authors include Abigail Reynolds (Mr. Darcy's Noble Connections), Sharon Lathan (Miss Darcy Falls in Love), Regina Jeffers (The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy), Mary Simonsen (Becoming Elizabeth Darcy), Susan Mason-Milks (Please, Mr. Darcy), Jack Caldwell (The Three Colonels), C. Allyn Pierson (Mr. Darcy's Little Sister), Shannon Winslow (The Darcys of Pemberley), Colette Saucier (Pulse and Prejudice), Jane Odiwe (Project Darcy), Monica Fairview (Steampunk Darcy), Maria Grace (Twelfth Night at Longbourn), Diana Birchall (Mrs. Darcy's Dilemma), Marilyn Brant (Pride, Prejudice, and the Perfect Match), Karen Doornebos (Undressing Mr. Darcy), Nina Benneton (Compulsively Mr. Darcy), Susan Adriani (The Truth About Mr. Darcy), J. Marie Croft (Mr. Darcy Takes a Plunge), Vera Nazarian (Mansfield Park and Mummies), Cailin Rubino-Bradway (Lady Vernon and her Daughter), Kara Louise (Pirates and Prejudice), and Heather Lynn Rigaud (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star). All proceeds from sales of PRIDE & PREJUDICE: THE SCENES JANE AUSTEN NEVER WROTE will be donated to Jane Austen-related charities. Sample from the Table of Contents September 18, 1811 - Netherfield Park is Let at Last! September 19, 1811 - Lady Catherine Interviews Mr. Collins September 20, 1811 - Bingley Seeks Darcy's Opinion of Netherfield September 25, 1811 - Bingley Takes Possession of Netherfield October 5, 1811 - Mr. Bingley Returns Mr. Bennet's Call October 9, 1811 - Mr. Bingley Goes to London October 15, 1811 - The Bennet Sisters Prepare October 15, 1811 - Louisa and Edward Hurst at the Meryton Assembly October 15, 1811 - Charlotte Lucas at the Meryton Assembly October 15, 1811 - Post Assembly Discussion at Longbourn October 16, 1811 - Darcy Realizes He is Susceptible to Elizabeth Bennet's Charms : : March 30, 1812 - Darcy Begins His Campaign to Win Elizabeth's Affections March 31, 1812 - Fitzwilliam and Darcy Visit the Parsonage Again April 3, 1812 - Darcy Hints Elizabeth Would Know Rosings Park Better on Future Visits April 7, 1812 - Darcy is Determined to Make Elizabeth His Wife April 9, 1812 - Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Walk in the Woods April 9, 1812 - Darcy Plans His Proposal April 10, 1812 - Fitzwilliam Takes His Leave of the Parsonage April 10, 1812 - Elizabeth Reads Darcy's Letter : : September 23, 1812 - Darcy Apologizes to Bingley for His Duplicity September 24, 1812 - Much Ado About Nothing September 27, 1812 - Mr. Bingley Proposes October 1, 1812 - Mr. Collins Shares Gossip with Lady Catherine October 3, 1812 - Darcy Learns of Lady Catherine's Confrontation with Elizabeth October 3, 1812 - Lady Catherine Leaves Longbourn in a Dudgeon October 4, 1812 - Mr. Bennet Hears from Mr. Collins : : November 16, 1812 - I Plight Thee My Troth, or, The Wedding November 16, 1812 - Caroline Bingley Acknowledges the New Mrs. Darcy November 16, 1812 - The Wedding Night (Charles and Jane) November 16, 1812 - Wedding Night on the Road to Pemberley
The critically acclaimed author of MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES tackles a hilarious new parody topic -- supernatural relationship advice! Admit it, you've secretly dreamed of dating a sexy brooding vampire or an alpha werewolf... But what about dating zombies, mummies, angels, fairies, demons, ghosts, occasional spotted aliens with tentacles, or other random metaphysical impossibilities? Furthermore, what if those paranormal beings in turn dreamed of dating each other -- each one in search of their own supernatural soul mates? The answer lies, as usual, in the planets, and the entire solar system of planetary harmonic alignment. Take the supernatural compatibility test and discover your own soul planet. Discover what planet rules which supernatural species, and which paranormal personality combinations offer the most compatibility to each other -- and to you.. And then, be matched with the supernatural soul mate of your wildest dreams! It’s all in here! Plus, as a special bonus, discover the Supernatural Matchmaker's greatest advice -- the Love Secret. VAMPIRES ARE FROM VENUS, WEREWOLVES ARE FROM MARS: A Comprehensive Guide to Attracting Supernatural Love Keywords: urban paranormal fantasy tropes space rivals competition family relationships advice coming of age romance slow burn young love social virtues values teen self esteem respect reliance confidence fairy faerie fae fey zombie vampire werewolf mummy ancient ghoul ghost spirit astrology numerology horoscope horoscopes divination compatibility love connection planets Venus Mars Mercury Earth Saturn Neptune Jupiter Neptune Pluto Oort Cloud Kuiper Belt angel demon fallen redemption secret true love affection desire dating courtship romantic passion first crush
Gothic horrors collide with high satire in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.
I got off the plane at Venettia with two swords... In a world of the global “Iron Honeycomb” all countries are isolated from others behind impenetrable geopolitical walls.... All international travel is strictly controlled or forbidden. All firearms and long-distance weapons have been replaced with intimate hand-to-hand combat and cold steel, reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Verona. In this story set in the cruel world of Pantheon, an aging, disillusioned master swordswoman coming home from a special foreign assignment returns to the old Venice of her birth and the dissipated noble House she is sworn to protect.... Discover an elegant, bloody, swashbuckling vision of the future by two-time Nebula Award Nominated author and award-winning artist Vera Nazarian. Streets Running Like a River A Pantheon Story
From the critically acclaimed author of MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES and NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS...PRIDE AND PLATYPUS: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful SecretWhen the moon is full over Regency England, all the gentlemen are subject to its curse.Mr. Darcy, however, harbors a Dreadful Secret...Shape-shifting demons mingle with Australian wildlife, polite society, and high satire, in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.The powerful, mysterious, handsome, and odious Mr. Darcy announces that Miss Elizabeth Bennet is not good enough to tempt him. The young lady determines to find out his one secret weakness--all the while surviving unwanted proposals, Regency balls, foolish sisters, seductive wolves, matchmaking mothers, malodorous skunks, general lunacy, and the demonic onslaught of the entire wild animal kingdom!What awaits her is something unexpected. And only moon, matrimony, and true love can overcome pride and prejudice!Gentle Reader--this Delightful Illustrated Edition includes Scholarly Footnotes and Appendices.
The End is Here, in a Fiery Cosmic Apocalypse! Gwen Lark knows how to Qualify, Compete, and Win… The time has come to Survive. The Games of the Atlantis Grail have come to a ground-shaking halt and Gwen Lark, nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl, survived the remarkable ordeal, for the time being. But the worst is yet to come! Now, both the colony planet Atlantis and Earth are under a threat of annihilation, and everything is up in the air, including dire and stunning wonders in the Atlantean skies. Will there be a Wedding? Will there be a future for Gwen Lark, her beloved, and all their families, friends, and loved ones? Is Gwen’s rare and powerful talent, the Logos voice of creation, enough to resolve the greatest mystery of the Kassiopei Imperial Dynasty and its role in the events of deepest antiquity since the dawn of time? The fate of the entire human species is at stake, and now there can be no respite, not a moment to lose. The final battle is here, and Gwen, and everyone she knows and loves, are in for the greatest fight of their lives. It is time to survive. SURVIVE is the fourth and final book in The Atlantis Grail series, now an international cross-genre phenomenon, optioned for film.
Filmmakers have long been drawn to the Gothic with its eerie settings and promise of horror lurking beneath the surface. Moreover, the Gothic allows filmmakers to hold a mirror up to their own age and reveal society's deepest fears. Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre, Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet are just a few examples of film adaptations of literary Gothic texts. In this ground-breaking study, Lisa Hopkins explores how the Gothic has been deployed in these and other contemporary films and comes to some surprising conclusions. For instance, in a brilliant chapter on films geared to children, Hopkins finds that horror resides not in the trolls, wizards, and goblins that abound in Harry Potter, but in the heart of the family. Screening the Gothic offers a radical new way of understanding the relationship between film and the Gothic as it surveys a wide range of films, many of which have received scant critical attention. Its central claim is that, paradoxically, those texts whose affiliations with the Gothic were the clearest became the least Gothic when filmed. Thus, Hopkins surprises readers by revealing Gothic elements in films such as Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park, as well as exploring more obviously Gothic films like The Mummy and The Fellowship of the Ring. Written in an accessible and engaging manner, Screening the Gothic will be of interest to film lovers as well as students and scholars.
True Blood, Alan Ball’s critically acclaimed television adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ bestselling Southern Vampire mysteries, is HBO’s most-watched show since The Sopranos, averaging over 12 million viewers an episode in its second season. Thanks to its large, dedicated fanbase, it won the People’s Choice “Favorite TV Obsession” award in early 2010. A Taste of True Blood: The Fangbanger’s Guide gives those fans something to savor between episodes—and whets their appetite for more. Covering the show’s first two seasons and released just in time for the third (with real-time online updates from the book’s contributors throughout season three), the book includes pieces on: • Vampire Bill’s season 2 slide from hot to not • Sookie’s mind-reading talents as a critique of our oversharing Facebook culture • What a Louisiana setting adds to the traditional vampire myth • Why the television series had to differ from the books (co-written by the Southern Vampire mysteries’ editor Ginjer Buchanan) • And much more, from shapeshifters to maenads to Merlotte’s A Taste of True Blood also includes a quick reference guide to the show’s first two seasons.
2002 Nebula Awards Preliminary Ballot Nominee The world is shaped by two things — stories told and the memories they leave behind. The Compass Rose universe -- an ancient milieu where places have no names, cities spring forth like bouquets in the desert, gods and dreams walk the scorching sands in the South, ice floats like mirror shards upon the Northern sea, islands that do not exist are found in the East, death chases a thief on the rooftops of a Western city, immortal love spans time, and directions are intertwined into one road we all travel.... You come to this place when you wonder, and sometimes, only when you dream. What is the nature of evil? When a young warrior of a dark race finds himself bound in servitude to a beautiful cruel princess, his loyalty becomes entwined with something more horrifying and mysterious than endless night falling over the ancient desert. When a courageous young servant reveals her hidden wisdom to the madman conqueror of the world, her fate is joined to a nightmare suspended beyond death and outside the universe. Two souls from different times -- their destinies connected through hundreds of other lives and generations, through soft whispers of the wind, through ancient truths that lie buried in an island between worlds. Both souls enslaved through dream and desire in an endless conflict between truth and illusion. They can only be set free by the wonder of the Compass Rose. Keywords: Ancient world myth legend one thousand and one nights Arabian middle east eastern djinn warrior mystery compass rose origin gods goddess creation Scheherazade Armenian storyteller fairytale fairy tale magic wonder stories story oral tradition literary tales teller
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 36. Chapters: Bored of the Rings, A Tale of a Tub, Louie Knight, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Cold Comfort Farm, The Princess Bride, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, National Lampoon's Doon, What a Carve Up!, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, Superfolks, Mashup, Snowball's Chance, A Cool Million, The Torrents of Spring, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, The Chronicles of Blarnia: The Lying Bitch in the Wardrobe, The Wind Done Gone, The Ascent of Rum Doodle, The Asti Spumante Code, A Fate Totally Worse than Death, The Soddit, Star Warped, Gooflumps, Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter, The Va Dinci Cod, Daddy's Boy: A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father, A Midsummer Night's Gene, A Midsummer's Nightmare, Mansfield Park and Mummies. Excerpt: A Tale of a Tub was the first major work written by Jonathan Swift, composed between 1694 and 1697 and published in 1704. It is arguably his most difficult satire, and perhaps his most masterly. The Tale is a prose parody which is divided into sections of "digression" and a "tale" of three brothers, each representing one of the main branches of western Christianity. The "tale" presents a consistent satire of religious excess, while the digressions are a series of parodies of contemporary writing in literature, politics, theology, Biblical exegesis, and medicine. The overarching parody is of enthusiasm, pride, and credulity. At the time it was written, politics and religion were still linked very closely in England, and the religious and political aspects of the satire can often hardly be separated. "The work made Swift notorious, and was widely misunderstood, especially by Queen Anne herself who mistook its purpose for profanity." "It effectively disbarred its author from proper preferment within the church," but is cons...
Ages ago, in a mysterious event known as the Fall of Rainbow, the world lost all color. And now, a weak silver sun shines over a monochrome realm of infinite shades of gray.... In Tronaelend-Lis, glorious and decadent City of Dreams, of guilds and gods, courtesans and assassins, the Regent and Regentrix, sister and brother, rule a court of elegant debauchery, perverse desires, and secrets. And into this wanton place comes Ranhéas Ylir, an eccentric and androgynous warrior woman, sworn to serve the mysterious Lord Elasand Vaeste, a man of impossible beauty, tormented by occult dreams and an unrequited love for a goddess. Soon, loyal Ranhé is willing to fight for this one man unto death... Meanwhile, another is willing to die for her. But time is short for them all—out of the world's twilight rises a being of utter darkness, the one absolute source of black, whose armies approach, in an epic invasion, to claim forest and wilderness. The only thing that stands between the darkness and the City of Dreams is an antique secret—a flicker of ancient memory of those who had once filled the world with an impossible thing called color... Lords of Rainbow. "To read Vera Nazarian's Lords of Rainbow is to be immersed in a dream, wandering through a wondrous, shifting landscape where the sun shines silver and the world is rendered in an infinite palette of subtle grays, filled with glimpses of sublime loveliness and glorious color." — Jacqueline Carey, author of Kushiel's Dart "Lords of Rainbow in particular, a stunning idea, fabulously employed—a book to submerge in!" — Tanith Lee
The world is broken… A dark Goddess rises. A mortal maiden must stop her. COBWEB FOREST (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book Three) is the third and final book of the intricate epic fantasy flavored by Renaissance history and the romantic myth of Persephone, about death’s ultimatum to the world. Percy Ayren, ordinary girl from the small village of Oarclaven, and now Death’s Champion, has delivered the Cobweb Bride to Lord Death—or so she thinks! But nothing is ever as easy as it seems. Percy and Beltain Chidair, the valiant and honorable Black Knight, discover that even more is at stake than anyone could have imagined, when ancient gods enter the fray. It is now a season of winter darkness. Gods rise and walk the earth in unrelieved desire, and the Longest Night is without end… Meanwhile, landmarks continue to disappear throughout the realm. The cruel Sovereign’s dead armies of the Trovadii clad in the colors of pomegranate and blood march north… As the mad Duke Hoarfrost continues to lay siege to the city of Letheburg, it is up to Claere Liguon, the Emperor’s dead daughter and the passionate Vlau Fiomarre who killed her, to take a stand against the enemy. But Percy still has a difficult task to do, the greatest task of all… For in the end the Cobweb Bride awaits, together with the final answer. At last all the occult mysteries are revealed in this stunning conclusion to the Cobweb Bride trilogy. Keywords: Epic fantasy historical romance Renaissance undead death zombies medieval knights chivalry royal emperor imperial court politics warfare swords battle minstrel snow girl old man winter jack frost witch witches gods goddesses god goddess Ancient Greek Hades Persephone Hecate crossroads underworld Lethe River Styx myth legend origin true love desire spiders cobwebs history Europe
It's one thing to Qualify… But do you have what it takes to Compete? With Earth about to be destroyed by an extinction level asteroid, teenage nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl Gwen Lark, and a few of her friends and loved ones, barely Qualified for rescue onboard one of the thousands of ark-ships headed to the ancient colony planet Atlantis. Now faced with a year-long journey in space, life in a wondrously alien environment, and many tough life choices, Gwen must decide who or what she will become. Fleet Cadet or Civilian? Friend or lover? Average or extraordinary? Can she make new friends? Can she trust the old ones, such as Logan Sangre, her sexy high school crush and an Earth special operative? Time and time again, Gwen's uncanny ability to come up with the best answer in a crisis saves her life and others. And now, her unique Logos voice makes her an extremely valuable commodity to the Atlanteans -- so much so that her enigmatic commanding officer Aeson Kassiopei, who is also the Imperial Prince of Atlantis, has taken an increasingly personal interest in her. Before the end of the journey, Gwen must convince him that she has what it takes to compete in the deadly Games of the Atlantis Grail. It's becoming apparent -- the life of her family and all of Earth depends on it. COMPETE is the second book in The Atlantis Grail series.
In a world where no one can die, she alone can kill... COBWEB EMPIRE (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book Two) is the second book of the intricate epic fantasy flavored by Renaissance history and the romantic myth of Persephone, about death's ultimatum to the world. Now that she's Death's Champion, what will Percy do? In a world where all death and dying has ceased, and only one person can kill, everyone can only expect a miracle. But what if it's just the tip of the iceberg? Percy Ayren must make her way south, despite all odds, to the place where the death shadow of the Cobweb Bride calls her. With the help of her companions and the invincible black knight, Lord Beltain Chidair whose enigmatic presence disturbs her in a way she cannot explain, Percy must continue her quest, while the mortal world falls apart around them.... Meanwhile, the Marquis Vlau Fiomarre faces the truth of his impossible feelings for Claere Liguon, the Emperor's daughter. He had cruelly taken her life, and now he must serve her until his last dying breath -- it is no longer a matter of honor but secret passion. And now, the world itself is changing.... A new dark witch rises, and she will make your heart freeze with her beauty and power.... Empires clash, kings and emperors and gods vie for supremacy, the living and the dead are at war, while love stories play out in amazing directions, and new mind-blowing mysteries are born. Experience the stunning continuation of the epic story in Cobweb Empire.