Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters: Making Romance Readable

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

I wasn’t going to have any more articles this week, but this news is too good not to share.  After the runaway success of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Quirk Publishing is at it again with Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters.  Seth Graham-Smith, the author of P&P&Z is busy writing his followup, Abraham Lincoln:  Vampire Hunter, so he doesn’t return for this installment, instead this book is co-written by Ben Winters who wrote a bunch of the Worst Case Scenario books.  I applaud the publisher for not going the easy route and using zombies again or one of the other more obvious monsters; werewolves or vampires.  The Sea Monsters epic is set to be released on Sept. 15, 2009.

My wife gave me Zombies for my birthday which will get read in the next few months and I’m really looking forward to Graham-Smith’s Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter book.  Now I have this to also look forward to. The entire idea of these books inspired my Little Women Fight Club article about making classic chick lit more AWESOME.

To help promote this book, Quirk created a trailer and it’s hilarious.

That’s how you market a book, people. F’n GENIUS!!  Here’s a breakdown including a book synopsis from Quirk’s press release.

With Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Quirk Classics has also developed a new Austen to monster ratio. Instead of featuring 85% of Austen’s work and 15% new text as in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters features 60% Austen and 40% additional monster chaos! Most importantly, this new Quirk Classic stays true to Austen’s original novel…

As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels?

This masterful portrait of Regency England blends Jane Austen’s biting social commentary with ultraviolent depictions of biting sea monsters. It’s survival of the fittest–and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love!

As I said, you can pick this up Sept 15 at your local bookseller.

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7 Responses to “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters: Making Romance Readable”

  1. Your Former neighbor Says:

    Wow….. Sea monsters. Cool.

  2. wow, I should have seen this coming. Great trailer! I’m so glad that sea creature ate Willoughby, he’s such a jerk!

  3. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? Oh move over Buffy!!!

  4. Honestly, I’ve never really understood the draw of book trailers. I’ve watched a few and they were boring as hell. Not this one, though!! And yes, kudos for sea monsters rather than vampires/werewolves. I think we have enough of those other guys to last us quite a while.

    Do let us know what you think of P&P&Z–I’m really curious as to what all these books are about.

  5. Frankly, I like Colonel Chris Brandon so much especially since Alan Rickman’s terrific performance I kinda back away from him as sea monster/man but it sounds fun. Now “Sense, Sensibility, and Vampires” with Colonel CB as noble assistant to Mrs. Jennings and daughter the vamp-Slayers, Elinor their unwilling but resigned Slayer protege and Willoughby as charming cad vamp…More my taste.

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