Lock Up Your Daughters… Pulp’s In Town

I think, perhaps, I should stop making insulting comments about facebook in this blog and then linking it to my facebook account in the vain hope of ensnaring a reader or two. It’s not good form.

titlepageWhat is good, though, is that there’s a fabulous new publishing company in town: Pulp! THE CLASSICS. Its genius lies in its reprinting of select, classic bestsellers, all dolled up in pop-culture covers and ironic tag-lines. First up, of course, is Pride and Prejudice. Steamy blacks and reds mixed with pop-art yellows signal smouldering sex with just a hint of irony. I think. The tag-line reads “Lock Up Your Daughters… Darcy’s In Town!” The edition caught my eye in an instant, and I bought two, one for me (what can I say, I’m a fan, a fanatic, whatever…), and one for a pal with an eye for pop and the absurd, but who’s yet to be convinced of the wonderful worth of Miss Austen. I’m hoping to sneak her in through the side door with this version.

Of course, they got the tag-line wrong. If they wanted to go with the locks and daughters theme, it should have read, “Lock Up Your Daughters… Wickham’s In Town!” He is, after all, the one with a penchant for seducing 15 year olds. Where’s the fun in dwelling on technicalities, though? What’s more interesting is the enduring appeal, and the ongoing mythologising, of Darcy in the popular consciousness. On this cover, Darcy is Colin Firth, but Colin Firth as he might be cast as Dracula (Regency outfit aside), all lurking in the shadows and glowering menacingly, fag in mouth. Wait a minute. Fag in mouth? Well ok, so 50s alienated anti-heroes are also evoked – Rebel Without a Cause anybody? Or maybe there’s just a hint of our fave cigarette-smoking bad-boy vampire, Spike, in this little construction.

Anyway, for my money, this is a welcome addition to the publishing high street. Forthcoming editions will include Wuthering Heights and The Great Gatsby. Keep an eye on those daughters, now.

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4 comments

  1. ricardocastellini

    Ok, I’ll say it. I know that as an English teacher you are going to be very depressed about it, but I, within my deepest indolence, bought Pride and Prejudice in a comic version. And Macbeth as well. But one day I shall read them properly, I swear… 😉

    • whatsthepointofblogging

      Yes, very depressed 😉 Actually, I like a good graphic novel but really not sure that they can quite do justice to the sublime prose of our Jane. Still, keep meaning to get my hands on the Marvel P&P just to check it out…

  2. jpsmac

    Hannah – this is great – I will pass this post along to my English Lit loving son back home…he will really enjoy it. Thanks for this funny but thoughtful post. It’s kind of the point of blogging really!!!

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