clean, elegant prose examining the values of calico versus muslin...
Okay, can you see the problem? However much I adore my two boys and enjoy teaching, the words ‘elegant’, ‘sophisticated’, ‘ballroom’, ‘muslin’ and ‘teenage boys’ don’t really go together. On the rare occasions when I venture into our telly room (It used to be the lounge, a place where I had hoped to sit and discuss literature and art, but I surrendered that dream years ago) all I see are males of various ages, sitting slumped on armchairs, controls in hand while they scream “Kill it! Kill it! Oh my God, did you see the way the head exploded!” Boys are earthier, more interested in the thrill of the hunt, of battling monsters and revelling in the crimson gore of their prey. In short they’re savages.
We ladies, on the other, hand are lovely. We like things to be clean, neat, tidy, pretty. As I sit here typing I am drinking tea out of my lovely rose-patterned tea cup, poured from my bone-china teapot. If I’d had daughters I know they’d be more civilised, happy to sit down and discuss the books they’d read with me quietly, calmly and with wit and poise...
All right, maybe I’m exaggerating somewhat (especially the last bit – any mothers of teenage girls want to chip in here?) but you get the picture. The average boy isn’t going to enjoy PRIDE AND PREJUDICE the way Jane wrote it and anyone who says otherwise is kidding herself. So this is where Seth comes in. And the book is fun. It’s easy to read and introduces even the most resistant reader to a style that doesn’t rely solely on sentences like ‘KILL! KILL!’ or descriptions that include words like ‘SPLAT’ and ‘KERPOW’. The style is gentle parody: here ‘unmentionabIes’ don’t mean flimsy undergarments and women occasionally discuss the pros and cons of carrying a musket (necessary but unladylike). I defy anyone who’s read the real PRIDE not to get a kick out of the opening line: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” And be honest, wouldn’t you be secretly glad that Elizabeth defeats Lady Catherine and her cadre of ninjas in a duel to the death with her trusty katana?
So I shall continue to encourage boys to read P and P and Z and I shall also be visiting the local cinema to see the movie adaption of the novel. And who knows? I might even one day find a teenage boy who admits that he actually prefers the real thing.
Jacqueline Farrell writes historical and paranormal romances with The Wild Rose Press. Her two paranormal novels ‘'Sophronia and the Vampire'and ‘Maids, Mothers and Crones’ and her historical romances, ‘The Scarlet Queen’ and ‘Dragonsheart’ are available from Amazon and all good e-book stores. Follow her on twitter @jacquiefw1 and on her website www.jacquelinefarrell.co.uk
Click here for link to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES . It really is a fun read.