Romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses…

What are the chances we could get Keira Knightly for this one too?

What are the chances we could get Keira Knightly for this one too?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.
-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

So I’ve finally gotten enough spare cash to buy a book I’ve been wanting for quite some time now. I might be eating PB&Js for a few more days instead of ham and cheese, but Pride and Prejudice and Zombies makes it all worth it. As much as it pains me, I’m putting Asimov’s Foundation series on hold until after I finish this and probably Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters as well. Now, Jane Austen wrote some terrific books and I loved the originals, but the new and improved Elizabeth Bennet not only has her sharp wit but also sharp knives and ninja-like moves. If that doesn’t sound like something you’d want to read then check your pulse, you might be dead. And if you’re reading this somehow and are in fact dead, check behind you, you might be stalked by the aforementioned ass-kicking Elizabeth Bennet and therefore about to be killed…again.

And you know why it is that Quirk Books can zombify a literary masterpiece? Because public domain is awesome. Art (just like science) is built on the backs of other pieces of art (or science) so that we’re not all reinventing the brush (or wheel or particle accelerator or whatever). And you know who has become obscenely rich by doing this? Disney. And you know who has lobbied for changes in copyright and trademark laws and otherwise done their damnedest to ensure that no one can build off their work? I’ll give you one guess. Here’s a hint, you’ll never see a zombie version of a certain anthropomorphic mouse. Well, at least not until the company itself kicks the bucket…so never. Don’t you just love trademark laws? They do. Me? Not really a fan.

I am, however, a big fan of Creative Commons and artists that release their work under the Creative Commons license. Jonathan Coulton releases all the songs he writes under the license so that people like me and you and Spiffworld can borrow his brilliance and make music videos and remixes and such. And it’s a smart move too, because people like Dragon*ConTV (or me) will spend a ridiculous amount of time and effort into making essentially free advertising.

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Posted on 10/26/2009, in Geekiness and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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