Weird Austen crossovers the new big thing?

All Darcy wants is for someone to beta his Crusoe/Friday slash.Well, after news of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies book spread around the internet faster than the latest in viral videos, I suppose it isn’t too much of a shock that Natalie Portman is going to be involved in a movie version. (And the book isn’t even out until April.)

But what makes this more of an emerging trend than a simple hot property is yesterday’s word of Pride and Predator. io9 throws these two in with Lost In Austen, but quite frankly that one seems like a whole ‘nother genre of fanfic that’s more embarrassing than kick-ass.

The zombie revolution spreads to classic lit!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is coming in April (and not the first, either) from Chronicle Books. I know you guys will want to read this one. Just check out the blurb:

As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead.

How could any zombie fan resist? (Or is Elizabeth Bennet, Zombie Slayer, a sign that the trend has finally played out?)