Friday, June 4, 2010

Cleaver Girl - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Video Games and Graphic Novels


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Game (for IPhone, IPad, and IPod Touch) was just released this week and I'm really quite blown away with how successful this property has become in just a span of 2 years.

It all started in 2009 as a novel by Seth Graham-Smith when he mashed up Jane Austin's classic 1813 novel with elements of zombie fiction. Totally ridiculous and at the same time amazingly brilliant, it quickly became a fan favorite with plenty of geek credibility and catapulted to #3 on the New York Time's best seller list. That same year in 2009, it was announced that a movie version would be made with Natalie Portman attached to produce and star. Then in May 2010, Pride and Prejudice and Zombie: The Graphic Novel was released and now in June 2010, the video game just hit ITunes for sale.

I don't know if you would call this prototypical transmedia here with the the book, movie, and graphic novel essentially telling the same story but the video game release does seem to explore other aspects of the story world untold. Haven't played it yet but i'm going to check it out.

Anyways, all transmedia crap aside, it is a pretty fantastic time we live in now when we can see something so weird and geeky just blow up with internet speed.  As a story teller, this potential is very exciting and shows you can really push the limits, embrace the geekiness within, and find an audience.

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