“Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters”: 18th and 21st century’s betentacled love child.

Just try re-imagining Austen’s classic of English manners by adding schools of terrifying fish, sharks, and the occasional sea serpent. “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” is all of that and then some. It feels somewhat like a new story–a richer and more fantastic version of what Jane Austen originally wrote.

Mr. Dashwood meets an untimely demise at the jaws of a hammerhead shark, and his daughters Elinor and Marianne are sent to Pestilent Isle to live. Elinor falls for Edward Ferrars, who is engaged to Lucy Steele, one of the book’s liveliest villains. Marianne, meanwhile, finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Colonel Brandon, who resembles the Davy Jones character from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.

While reading “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” I expected a silly irreverent page-turner through the worlds of Jane Austen, and it did not disappoint. It was random and gory and fun and definitely worth the read. However, “Sense and Senseibility and Sea Monsters” tells a tale of something more original than zombies and ninjas: sea monsters. Take it a step further, and you’ll explore a world filled with giant jellyfish attacks, pet orangutans and octopi. Oh, and don’t forget the usual blood and guts associated with the “Jane Austen and Monsters” series.

I’m a huge Jane Austen fan, but I couldn’t help but enjoy some parts of this book more than the original. The remake is over-the-top and occasionally insane, but who doesn’t want to read a crazy novel? It didn’t preserve as much of Jane Austen’s original text as “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” but that brings in more room for originality. The book is very funny when read aloud, and the illustrations only add to the amusement of seeing familiar characters out of Regency England engaged in battles to the death with seagoing monsters.

-Vania Myers

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