Author Seth Grahame-Smith was approached by his friend and editor about concocting a mash-up with Jane Austen's literary gem and zombies. It was an instant Light Bulb Moment (™) and a cult classic was born. Grahame-Smith obtained a digital copy of "Pride and Prejudice" and interwove his own zombie commentary into the original text. The first edition was a smashing success and prompted the "deluxe edition" with 30% more zombies. Wow.
Middle daughter, Lisa, the English major, put the above edition on her birthday wish list. Being a supportive parent, I have always encouraged reading and this was no exception. How could I *not* obtain this book for my literary child? :-)
I was just delighted when it arrived. It is a hardcover with "leatherette" binding .. beautifully done and the cover art (as seen above) is simply hysterical. The inside illustrations are equally as amusing. But, I knew that once the book started being handled, that beautiful cover was going to get mucked up in some manner. A protective book cover was required!
|As all crafty people know, a book cover is simply a blank canvas ... patiently waiting to be adorned and embellished. It just so happened that, at one time, I had actually downloaded a (freebie) design of .... a brain. How fortuitous! How inspirational! This design came from "Free embroidery designs", a Yahoo group. (I no longer belong to the group, so I don't know if the design still exists in their archives). The book cover is lined and has flaps on each side to slip the front and back covers into.|
I had toyed with the idea of inserting an oval window of clear vinyl in the front cover, so the artwork could be admired (it being so superb!), but since I couldn't put my finger on the piece of clear vinyl I *know* I have someplace ::sigh:: and I really did want to use the brain embroidery design, I ultimately decided to forgo the vinyl window. Maybe next time (if I ever run across that vinyl again, I promise/promise/promise to put it in a place where I can FIND IT.) ::knock on wood::