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Vampires, Zombies, and Enhanced eBooks: Seth Grahame-Smith on Mashup Publishing

sgs.jpgNovelist Seth Grahame-Smith watched his entire life change last year when he wrote the bestselling monster mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Today on the Morning Media Menu, he talked about his new book and the mashup trend he helped create.

During the interview, he discussed his new book (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), the new MTV show he helped create, and the process of writing the screenplay for a Tim Burton-produced adaptation of the Lincoln mashup.

Press play on the embedded player below to listen or follow this link.

Here’s an excerpt: “Now the marketplace is flooded with mashups. I won’t name names, but if you go on Amazon and look at all the new mashups that are coming out, you can see that a lot of them are scraping the barrel. It’s seems like people are almost arbitrarily picking books out of hats. The other thing I would say is that if they are done well, almost respectfully–if you’re trying very hard to adhere to the themes and the style that you’re mashing-up–they do bring people into the tent.”

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Before Tim Burton: Brief History of Alice in Wonderland Book Reviews

annotated23.jpgAs director Tim Burton brings Alice in Wonderland to the big screen this weekend, GalleyCat Reviews collected some classic criticism of the novel from some great writers.

In 1964 cultural critic Marshall McLuhan raved about the book: “Pervading this uniform Euclidean world of familiar space-and-time, Carroll drove a fantasia of discontinuous space-and-time that anticipated Kafka, Joyce, and Eliot. Carroll, the mathematical contemporary of Clerk Maxwell, was quite avant-garde enough to know about the non-Euclidean geometries coming into vogue in his time. He gave the confident Victorians a playful foretaste of Einsteinian time-and-space in Alice in Wonderland.”

The great Joyce Carol Oates praised the book in the mid 1990s: If you could transpose yourself into a girl of 8, in 1946, in a farming community in upstate New York north of Buffalo, imagine the excitement of opening so beautiful a book to read a story in which a girl of about your age is the heroine … It would not have occurred to me even to suspect that the ‘children’s tale’ was in brilliant ways coded to be read by adults and was in fact an English classic, a universally acclaimed intellectual tour de force and what might be described as a psychological/anthropological dissection of Victorian England.”

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Anne Rice Vook Debuts; Company Plans Over 500 Titles in 2010

arvook.jpgBestselling novelist Anne Rice launches her inaugural vook today, a multimedia version of her 1984 vampire story, “The Master of Rampling Gate.”

To find out more, we caught up with Vook CEO Brad Inman–who said the company has more than 500 titles planned for 2010. According to Inman, the company shot between six and eight hours of footage for the Rice vook, including a New Orleans tour with her son, Rice interviews, and expert commentary.

The company recently secured $2.5 million in seed funding, and he shared some upcoming projects: “We will be releasing a vook for Seth Godin‘s “Unleashing the Ideavirus” next week, which we’re thrilled about. We have also just released “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” which includes beautiful videos about Lewis Carroll and the Oxford community that inspired him to write this classic tale. We think that people are really going to enjoy it, especially as enthusiasm grows around this story with the Tim Burton movie coming out on Friday.”

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Tim Burton Wants to Adapt Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Does that violent book trailer seem like a movie? It might be a movie soon…

That’s the highly produced book trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterSeth Grahame-Smith‘s follow up to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. According to Deadline Hollywood, the book already is headed to the big screen.

Here’s the simple post: “Alice and Wonderland director Tim Burton has teamed with Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov to produce a movie version of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the Seth Grahame-Smith novel that Grand Central Publishing released today.”

Tune in next Monday when this GalleyCat editor interviews Grahame-Smith about his new novel on the Morning Media Menu. (Via Colleen Lindsay)

Tim Burton Unveils Alice in Wonderland Stills

250px-Alicesadventuresinwonderland1898.jpgUSA Today revealed the first publicity stills from director Tim Burton‘s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic story, “Alice in Wonderland.”

The article revealed Johnny Depp‘s Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham‘s Red Queen, and Anne Hathaway‘s White Queen. In addition, the article describes how “Beauty and the Beast” screenwriter Linda Woolverton put a new spin on this surreal story.

Here’s more from the article: “Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn’t remember.”

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