Zombies, vampires… and Victorian heroines – how do you like your classic literature mash-ups? Read on to find bizarre monster subplots mixed in with classics like Pride And Prejudice, Romeo And Juliet or Jane Eyre.
There’s nothing like curling up with one of the classics like Pride And Prejudice… And Zombies! Remember 2012’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, an almost plausible movie based on the novel of the same name, about America’s Civil War deftly mixed with a vampire subplot? Turns out that was just one of the many novels in a similar vein. As Pride And Prejudice’s zombie mash-up comes to life on the big screen this year, we take a look at some other classics twisted to deliver a Twilight-meets-Jane Austen feel.
Little Women And Werewolves
This novel is presented as the ‘original’ that Louisa May Alcott wrote before her editor ‘struck it down’. The March girls are growing up during the Civil War, but this time, the people are divided between those who are on the side of werewolves and those who aren’t. The book deals with the usual teenage problems – love, trying to find your own identity and of course, shape-shifters and werewolf attacks.
Alice In Zombieland
This trilogy, consisting of Alice In Zombieland, Through The Zombie Glass and The Queen Of Zombie Hearts, follows Alice, who enters a much eerier version of wonderland to kill the monsters and avenge her dead family. A host of characters whom we’ve never heard of enter the plot to help Alice defeat the zombies.
I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story For Christmas
Even a zombie apocalypse can’t part Ebenezer Scrooge from his money. That is, until the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future show him true zombie-slaying purpose in life. In this world, Scrooge learns that it’s his miserly ways that’ll keep him alive, because being charitable to zombies (in case you didn’t already know) has devastating consequences.
Romeo And Juliet And Vampires
The famous tale of lovers kept apart because Juliet’s vampire family and Romeo’s vampire-slaying family don’t get along too well. The saving grace of this story is that instead of Shakespeare’s sad ending, we have Juliet turning a dead Romeo into a vampire, thereby letting the pair start a new life away from their families.
While it does follow the illicit love affair between Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky, the faithful servants are now robots that are tired of bowing down to their human masters. The book follows the main love story and that of Nikolai Levin and princess Kitty Shcherbatskaya through a revolt by the robots, while also dealing with time travel and aliens!
The original Jane Eyre was dark enough, but this version turns the protagonist’s loathsome aunt and cousins into vampires. When an older, vampire-slaying Jane falls in love with her employer, Mr Rochester, they can’t get married because he’s hiding his first wife Bertha, who is a werewolf, in the house. Interestingly, in the original, Jane compares Bertha to a vampire.
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
The novel follows the original plot, but while Mrs Bennet finds suitors for her five daughters, Mr Bennet guides them in fighting to protect themselves in a zombie-stricken England. Other plot changes include Lizzy trying to behead Darcy, Darcy’s aunt Lady Catherine fighting Lizzy to death as she opposes Lizzy and her nephew uniting, and the protagonists celebrating their honeymoon by slaying more zombies together.
Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter
We wonder what the royal family has to say about this. The plot, as the title suggests, is Queen Victoria’s life of ruling England, India and other colonies through the 1800s and finding out that she’s really not into demon hunting because her heart is stuck on her future husband Prince Albert. But the queen proves to be a great monarch, ruling the colonies well while beheading demons!