You might not know it, but librarians like to share literary jokes and library videos. Okay, it sounds kind of lame when I type it out, but it's still true. I have enjoyed watching the escapades of the Jane Austen's Fight Club ninja librarian, destroying people for talking on their cell phones and answering reference questions in a puff of smoke. I have owned a Rex Libris poster, threatening punks who fail to turn in their books. And I keep up on my Unshelved comics. And so, in keeping with this tradition, last week I was called into the office of another librarian so she could show me the lasted combo of Jane Austen and pop culture... Jane Austen's Fight Club.
This faux trailer has been viewed more than 900,000 times in a little over a week. It takes the works of Jane Austen, with prim and proper ladies trying to escape their mundane lives, and mashes it up with Fight Club... because what's more exciting than being in a 19th century Fight Club? Now, if you were betting on a Jane Austen character to win a fight, who would you choose? I'd vote for the Dashwoods.
Here at the library, we're seeing a slew of books combining classic literature and campy horror. Many of you are familiar with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, a mash-up where the Bennett girls have been trained in the art of deadly combat, protecting their family and friends... and potential romantic interests! After P&P&Z, other monster/classic mash-ups began to appear: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Little Women and Werewolves, and Android Karenina, to name just a very few of this genre. My favorite... and probably the most logical one... is Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer by Dustin Higgins and Van Jensen. In this graphic novel (meaning it's a bound comic), Geppetto was killed by vampires and Pinocchio decides to protect the people of his village, with the help of an aging Blue Fairy, the ghost of his cricket, and a woodcarver. Of course, Pinocchio has a built-in weapon - every time he lies, his nose grows, giving him an instant defense against vampires!
What do you think of the growing number of mash-ups that have been published in the past year? Are there any classics that you think should get this treatment? Or is it about time for us to move away from the horror movie monsters?