Here is something that Karen and I do a fairly often (although perhaps
not always quite as hard core as this). We will be sitting around chatting
on the ferry or on an extended drive and we’ll get an idea for a cross
over or a movie or a t.v. series, and we’ll pop culture chat it to death.
It's all part of life am good, convivial conversation.
Joss Whedon's Pride and Prejudice
In this case, we got the idea, for reasons I’ll later explain, to cross
characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with the text of Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen. The truly obsessive compulsive thing is that we actually
Now, truly great literature exists to inspire. To give us the romantical
sublime. To take us to the depths. And then like Dante, raise us up once
more to see again the stars.
And then sometimes great literature can be led astray into something
very, very wrong. Like Debbie does Macbeth. Like Batman the Musical.
Now it may seem that two literaturish people should worship like pale
supplicants at the alter of art, but you know, whatever… Sometimes good
literati can go bad. Like Moriarti, but without the major crime syndicate.
The Genesis of a Vision
Now you might ask, why Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Why Pride and Prejudice?
Which since that is what I’m going to talk about, are pretty safe questions
One day, I was innocently reading the Buffy usenet, when I saw a fateful
Someone was writing about Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
They made the interesting observation that this is the director who directed
Sense and Sensibility. They then suggested that he ought to do a version
of Pride and Prejudice, only with fight scenes.
Someone, of course, then made the Pride and Prejudice with fight scenes
= Buffy, which has fight scenes, as Pride and Prejudice correlation. They
suggested that Spike was Mr. Darcy and Buffy was Miss. Elizabeth Bennet.
That was amusing, but then I read the next post.
"No, no," some fateful post said, "Buffy is Darcy and Spike is Elizabeth."
And it was like a light went off in my head. It was just so right. It
was just so very, very wrong.
I mentioned the post to Karen and as so often happens, we immediately
started assigning characters and coming up with plot ideas.
And then we realized. Internet, e-books, 200 year old Pride and Prejudice,
Search and Replace. We could do more than just come up with characters.
We had the technology. We could make Pride and Prejudice worse, weirder
than it ever had been before.
And then we could read it. And then we could play with it some more,
because that is one of the sorts of things that we like to do.
So, we did and here is the product of our insane genius.
Now I should add the caveat that this is not intended as a shipper,
oh, Buffy and Spike should get together, blah, blah, blah. This about when
great literature goes bad. About the realization that Anya is perfect for
the obsequious Mr. Collins. That it is hilarious every time Spike says
Elizabeth’s lines. That there is something incredibly perverse about imagining
Angel or Angelus as Lydia Bennet, confirmed flirt. That having men in the
women’s roles is very interesting to read.
Also, this is a work in progress. Search and replace is not perfect,
and well, we like tweaking it. However, as any tech writer knows, there
are no finished documents, only deadlines.
So, if you are ready to experience something very wrong, well here it
Chapter 1, Chapter
2, Chapter 3, Chapter
4, Chapter 5,
Chapter 6, Chapter
7, Chapter 8, Chapter
9, Chapter 10,
Chapter 11, Chapter
12, Chapter 13, Chapter
14, Chapter 15, Chapter
16, Chapter 17, Chapter
18, Chapter 19,
20, Chapter 21, Chapter
22, Chapter 23, Chapter
24, Chapter 25, Chapter
26, Chapter 27, Chapter
28, Chapter 29, Chapter
30, Chapter 31, Chapter
32, Chapter 33, Chapter
34, Chapter 35, Chapter
36, Chapter 37, Chapter
38, Chapter 39, Chapter
40, Chapter 41, Chapter
42, Chapter 43, Chapter
44, Chapter 45, Chapter
46, Chapter 47, Chapter
48, Chapter 49, Chapter
50, Chapter 51, Chapter
52, Chapter 53, Chapter
54, Chapter 55, Chapter
56, Chapter 57, Chapter
58, Chapter 59, Chapter
60, Chapter 61.
And if not…
If we literature geeks have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended:
That you have but slumbered here,
While these visions did appear;
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding than a dream.
Gentles, do not reprehend,
If you pardon, we will mend.
And as I am an honest obsessive compulsive,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long,
Else the obsessive compulsive a liar call.
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And literature geeks will restore amends.