Y’all know of my deep and abiding love for all things Austen so when granted opportunity to read and review Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, well, I was both eager and a little unsure. I mean, sea monsters? Really?
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters follows up on the (strange? unexpected?) popularity of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, also published by Quirk Classics. Both novels expand the story of the original plot and characters; in Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters sisters Ellinor and Marianne are not only thwarted in love they must also face the dangers of giant lobsters, vicious octopi and other sea monsters.
From Marianne’s admiration of Willoughby’s fine form in his diving suit to Elinor’s stirring the shark cartilege soup for breakfast, author Ben Winters pervades all parts of the story with some sea related aspect, often in very humorous fashion. Poor Colonel Brandon suffers from a facial deformity a la Pirates of the Caribbean and Mrs. Dashwood effectively wards off a ferocious attack with a needle. It’s different, it’s unusual, and, I have to tell you, it’s hilarious. Militant Austen-ites may resent Winters’ alterations but for a fun adaptation, albeit unusual and perhaps just a little ridiculous, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters totally fits the bill.
For a chuckle, check out the Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters trailer here. Thank you to Anna at FSB Associates for providing the review copy!
Wife and mother, Bible teacher and blogger, Lisa loves Jesus, coffee, dark chocolate and, of course, books. Read more of her reflections at Lisa writes….
Good review. I have been hearing about this and seeing it, but I didn’t really stop to hear the premise. It sounds like a satisfying and fun read…
Jennifer, Snapshot says
This sounds hilarious. Great descriptive review. I know that people have fell firmly either FOR or AGAINST these adaptations.
Annmarie W. says
Thanks for this review! I had been looking for the perfect gift for my friend who loves Jane Austin AND series like the Twilight one. I think she’ll love these books. I had never heard of them before!