10 classic books that would be way better with zombies
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With Pride and Prejudice and Zombies now available on DVD and Blu-ray, we've found inspiration in the film's winning combination of traditional period drama and full on blood-soaked zombie killing. So, film producers and screenwriters take note: here are just ten classic novels that could be dramatically improved if only you considered giving their adaptations a whiff of the undead. 1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Glitz, Glamour... Guts? Baz Luhrmann's 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel was definitely glamorous, but how much better could it have been if we had seen some blood splattered on those sequins? Jay Gatsby is a reclusive millionaire who holds extravagant parties but never seems to really participate in them. Why? Well, maybe (plot twist) because he was bitten by a zombie and throws the parties in an attempt to attract the attentions of his long lost love, Daisy, who he is desperate to reconnect with one last time before he becomes a mindless, brain-eating monster? Let's face it, cinema has come up with worse ideas. Pair that basic premise with the promise of parties turning into bloodbaths and you've got yourself a winner. 2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre is traditionally a gothic novel, combining romance with a sense of macabre mystery - so why not take it all one step further and add some zombies? The young governess' naive dreams of happiness with Edward Fairfax Rochester are foiled when she discovers his dark secret; that he is already married... to a zombie. That's right - let's give poor old Bertha a bit more back-story than Bronte bothered to; perhaps the reason she descended into madness was as a result of a zombie plague that has only manifested further while she's been locked away in the attic. When Jane finally discovers her, she breaks free and goes on a bloodthirsty rampage around Thornfield Hall. Rochester loses his eyesight and a hand at the end of the original novel and with a little creative license, such injuries could get a lot more interesting with the inclusion of vicious zombies... 3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum The Wizard of Oz has been adapted so many times in so many different ways, but do you know what's never been done? A horrific zombie-filled adaptation where the yellow brick road isn't even yellow anymore because of all the blood. Once again we'd add a little twist to the original premise; Dorothy Gale is indeed transported to the land of Oz, but it's far from the technicolour dreamland you've seen before. In this version, it's an apocalyptic wasteland, filled with nasty little zombified munchkins and winged undead monkeys who all serve under the rule of the Wicked Witch of the West (who, for the fun of it, is also a zombie. Why not, eh?). Dorothy and her newfound friends, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and The Cowardly Lion, all have to get to the Emerald City alive to find the Wizard and escape. Add some R-rated humour in there to lighten the mood a little and you've got something special (and slightly nightmarish) on your hands. 4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen We've already seen how Austen translates with zombies, so why not make it into a franchise with Sense and Sensibility and Zombies? When the Dashwood sisters are left destitute and homeless after the death of their father, it seems as though the worst has fallen upon them. But that's only the beginning, as a zombie plague threatens their existence further. It would be more or less the same as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but hey if it works, it works. And Colonel Brandon would totally kick-ass too - take that, Darcy.
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