Enjoy summer in parodies—June 25, 2010
Are you looking for something light and fun to read or watch this summer? How about checking out a parody at Hastings Public Library today. The library has several parodies of books and movies for you to choose from.
For all you fans of classic literature how about trying “The 5-Munute Iliad and Other Instant Classics,” by Greg Nagan. This collection includes as the title would imply 5 minute parodies of some of your favorite classic novels such as: “Dracula,” “Moby-Dick,” “The Old Man and the Sea,” and “The Catcher in the Rye,” to name a few.
Also try the popular title “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. In this version of the classic novel Grahame-Smith takes Austen’s novel and adds in and changes parts of the novel to include hoards of Zombies and Ninjas. When a mysterious plague infects the dead they rise from the grave to hunt inhabitants or Regency England, Elizabeth Bennet and her five sisters with the help of Mr. Darcy must protect their friends and neighbors from these “unmentionables” and the devious plots of Lady Catherine, using their training as ninja warriors.
If you are a fan of Jane Austen also try “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters,” by Austen and Ben H. Winters. This retelling of the classic finds the Dashwood sisters being forced out of their childhood home and being sent to live on a mysterious island inhabited by sea monsters and other strange creatures.
For fans of graphic novels try “Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer,” by Van Jensen. This story takes place after the events of the original story and finds Pinocchio still as a puppet and not a real boy, hunting down vampires that killed his father Geppetto. Every time the puppet meets one of the undead he tells a lie and has an instant stake, to take out the vampires.
Reader’s who enjoy the “Cat Who” books by Lilian Jackson Braun, will enjoy “The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun.” This parody starts with a police finding Lilian Jackson Braun’s headless body in restroom at a bar. Her friend James Qafka and his Siamese cats must step in to help find the person responsible for Ms. Braun’s murder.
The Library also has several DVD’s that are parodies of other films. Try “Disaster Movie” which spoofs many recent films, or the classic Mel Brooks movie “Spaceballs” which spoofs “Star Wars” and other space films.
Find these and other parodies at Hastings Public Library this summer!