Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Is this a sign of the impending apocalypse?

Harper Collin's in their infinite wisdom, have decided that what the world needs right now is a "contemporary reworking" of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility to be written by Joanna Trollope.  This the the first of six novels based on Austen by big name authors that willl "reimagine the books in a contemporary setting".

Which sounds, to me, about as brilliant as Disney's idea to retell the stories of Agatha Christie's Mrs Marple in a modern American setting and cast 38-year-old Jennifer Garner as the lead. Yes, a young gorgeous American Mrs Marple (totally missing the entire fucking reason the originals are great, isn't it?).

Which is to say, it may make money, but also seems to slot somewhere between plague and pestilence when it comes to the well being of or literary heritage (or, indeed, fostering our contemporary talent--you know, the ones with their own damn stories to tell rather than just re-masticating the classics).

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