Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven were joined by author Ben Winters who announced his upcoming book, “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters,” for the first time.
The Jane Austen mash-up is a follow up to the surprising success “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” It will be available in September, although you can preorder it today, Winter said. He talked a little bit about “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and the impetus for his book.
“[Publisher] Quirk has this idea to take a classic novel and mash it up with a monster genre and worked with Seth Grahame-Smith to create ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ which became this real bestseller, one of those surprising and exciting things for a publishing company,” Winter said. “And they knew, almost right away…that they wanted to do another one. And that’s where I got involved. This one is still Jane Austen but it sort of takes the idea into a new realm of ridiculousness…It was a lot of fun to write and I’m really excited for people to read it as well.”
Winter talked about his feelings about repurposing content, and the possibility of facing longtime Austen fans. “People come to these books looking for the adventure…and end up reading the book and saying ‘Hey, I really like those characters,'” Winter said. “And maybe they end up being more a fan of English literature or Jane Austen when they’re done. So, everybody wins.”
“It still has the romance plot, the heartbreak, the social distinctions, all these wonderful things that Austen was investigating and interested in,” Winter added. “Except now we also have a jellyfish the size of a man who dissolves someone into stomach acid!”
Also discussed: the upcoming Ted Kennedy biography that will be sold for $1,000 a copy and Fitness magazine’s recent ad sales successes.
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