In a world where the internet plagues us with mash-ups, weird Tumblr posts, and fan fictions galore, there somewhere resides a bestselling novel – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This is a book that asks the important question – What if Jane Austen’s classic characters did in fact fight zombies while battling the struggle within their hearts? Well, this book – and now movie – are here to answer those questions. The results? Well, they are interesting to say the least.
On our first day away on vacation, I was suffering from jet-lag and, thus, was up in the early hours of the morning. Thinking I was the only one of me and my parents that was awake, I was quietly humming to myself, laughing at whatever happened to be on imgur, when suddenly I heard sniffling. I got up and crept into my parents room, where I found my mom curled up around a book, tears streaming down her face. She registered I was there, said, “This book is so good,” and quickly waved me away. Now, my mom is not one to cry at books, let alone say the book is good while crying. I knew I had to read it.
Learning there was a waiting list, and that the book was borrowed, I settled down in a local coffee shop to read. It took me just about four hours. When I was finished, all I could do was cry. But it wasn’t a “my world is over” cry – rather, it was a cleansing cry. A hopeful cry.
The Nightingale, Kristen Hannah’s newest novel, has been out for under six months and it already has an average rating of 4.5 on Goodreads (as of 7/2) and a 5-star average rating on Amazon.com. That alone tells you the pure wonder of this book.
Today is my twenty fifth birthday! This means I get to be a little selfish. As a teacher and a former bookseller, there are books I have always wanted to shove at everyone I meet, whether they like it or not. Obviously they are great books, but they aren’t popular, so people don’t want to pick them up.
Here are the 25 books I wish all Geekettes would read:
A week ago Thursday marked the biggest holiday in Chinese culture: the Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year. Each year is associated with one of twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. On Thursday, we transitioned from the Year of the Horse to the Year of the Sheep. (Or Lamb or Ram or Goat, or whatever you want to call it. They’re all the same in Chinese.) When the year you were born in comes back around (as it will every twelve years), it’s an extra special year for you. Chinese superstition says being born in the year of the sheep means bad luck, but apparently that doesn’t preclude becoming a famous author! Continue reading Famous Authors Born in Year of the Sheep!→
Ah, Valentine’s Day. You either love this holiday (you’re in a relationship) or you hate this holiday with a burning passion (perpetually single… or me). Either way, if you’re a geek, you do V-Day a little different. I know a few years ago, I made my boyfriend Firefly valentines (they said things like, “I’ll be in YOUR bunk!”) and I know people have taken cosplay dates, or single friends that throw parties where everyone gets together to watch Doctor Horrible’s Sing-A-Long blog. This Valentine’s Day, I propose everyone, single or romantically involved, pick up a really good zombie book.
Because nothing says “I love you” quite like, “LET ME EAT YOUR BRAINNNN!!!!!!!” Here are my suggestions:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” -Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, of a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.” -Emma, Jane Austen
The above quotes are two very different openings to two very different novels, yet they are two books often talked about together. Most Austen fans hold the 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice in the highest esteem among the author’s body of work. While I adore Elizabeth Bennet’s story, Emma (1815) has been my favorite novel since I first read it six years ago. I have dozens of favorite novels, like all avid readers, but if forced to single out one novel as my favorite, the honor would go to Emma.
Nearly two years ago, in April of 2012, a web series adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was launched, titled The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. In the modern world, Lizzie Bennet is a twenty-four-year-old getting a masters in mass communication who meets, hates, and eventually falls in love with William Darcy, a hugely successful CEO. By the end of its year-long run, the series had acquired millions of views, critical acclaim, and a massive fanbase. Naturally, when creators Bernie Su and Hank Green announced in August 2013 they would be premiering an adaptation of Emma in October, my interest was piqued. I was also dubious as to how successful the series would be among fans who quickly warmed up to the charming antics of the Bennet family and their associates.