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Picking Jane’s brains

What do regency romances and horror movies have in common? More then you might think, judging by the latest bizarre development in the cult of Austen

By Claire Harman   April 2009

Just when you thought that Austen-mania might have run its course—when the poster of Colin Firth was starting to look a little curled and faded—along comes a new incarnation for the brand. Time-travelling in and out of Austen was last year’s hit (there were several novels as well the television drama Lost in Austen); but the oddest manifestation is Austen horror, in the form of two forthcoming books, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Jane Bites Back (in which Austen becomes a vampire); there is also a film in development at Elton John’s Rocket Pictures called Pride and Predator, in…

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