Have you noticed this sudden flood of books in fantasy that are classics rewritten with paranormal creatures? Like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (and now apparently Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and Mansfield Park and Mummies). Apparently it’s being done to Mark Twain’s work as well, and goodness only knows who else. Some of them are rewrites and similar, but some of them are also these… things. Where some writer adds in bits of monster action to someone else’s prose and says they wrote a book. As a reader they couldn’t interest me less, but as a writer I admit, I find them irritating. It’s not just the gimmick aspect… it’s insulting to work hard on a whole book and watch the shelves fill up with… these things.
I admit, I don’t have any idea what the appeal of these books are, or why a publishing company would back them. So, dear readers, I’m turning to you to make sense of this new sub-genre. Do you find them appealing? Do you know someone who likes them? And to my writer readers, what are your reactions upon seeing these hybrids claim valuable shelf space?
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