Deadlines, Aliens and Jane Austen

With a nonfiction deadline only days away, only half a book completed (granted, it’s a book for 2nd graders so, word-wise, there’s not that much to go) and a mini marathon to walk, requiring two precious writing days away from my computer to drive to the marathon site and back, I have no business writing a post. In fact, I’m so crabby and tired I had to go buy salsa and guacamole just to motivate myself to write. However, it was while I was out on my munchie run I came across something I just had to share: A Jane Austen quote.

I know, I’m ScifiWriterMom, right. But I love Jane Austen novels. I admit it, I have a huge crush on Darcy (a.k.a. Collin Firth) Actually, there is a new version of Pride and Prejudice with zombies in it. (Such a lovely cover.)

And you would think I’d be all over that; but honestly, I can see no reason to add zombies to as perfect a story as Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen’s world is nothing if not alien enough for me—thank you very much!

To close this post, here’s the quote. It’s from my favorite Jane Austen book, Emma.

“Silly things do cease to be silly

if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.”

I had to laugh. That’s me. That’s all my silly women friends. It’s all us sci-fi, fantasy and zombie loving women authors out there, writing about aliens and monsters and daring to take ourselves just the tiniest bit too seriously as we write about silly stuff. But isn’t that why we love writing!


8 thoughts on “Deadlines, Aliens and Jane Austen

  1. denisedthornton says:

    Hey., Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is actually a good read. But Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters sucks! They should have quite while they were ahead.


  2. John Guy Collick (@JohnGuyCollick) says:

    I liked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies up to the Kung Fu scene which I thought was a bit too daft. A lot of the gothic novels written at the time of Austen are similar, tales of ghosts, horrors and the walking dead described in the same style – “Letitia fervently prayed she would not be discommoded by the importunate wanderings of the headless corpse that night.”. Ann Radcliffe’s my favourite and Jane Austen poked fun mercilessly at her in Northanger Abbey.


    • Lorijo Metz says:

      So true. And just think of all the ghosts, witches and fairies in Shakespeare’s plays. I didn’t mean to demean Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. What a hoot. I wish I’d written it. Just love the original so much, I don’t find the need to read it with zombies right now. Maybe someday… By the way, the YA teen I’ve been reading is full of characters right out of Midsummer’s Night Dream. It is surprising good, though probably more of a chick lit book. ☺


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