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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austin and Set Grahame-Smith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austin and Set Grahame-Smith

In the classic case of “what the film got wrong” falls the fantastically written “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

In the film supporting the same name, there is included some half-baked conspiracy and extra storyline that was in no way necessary, other than to attempt to draw in anyone who had not read the book. Naturally, it spat in the faces of those who had read it.

P&P&Z (thank frak for abbreviations) takes the essential classic nature of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and weaves it into a period zombie setting. It maintains accuracy throughout in regards to both the original story and the consistency of early nineteenth century zombie lore. The original story is entirely intact and enhanced with minor additions such as the high class being trained in Japanese martial art and the lower class in Chinese, which, in fitting with the period, is entirely appropriate.

The way that P&P&Z is written gives very little sense of direct danger to those who live day in and out, in a world that has seen the dead risen. No boarded up houses and scrabbling around to simply survive. Society simply would never allow any of that sort of behaviour. The creatures intent on consumption of brains are simply seen as another part of every day life, and why should they not, with the correct training and preparations in place.

P&P&Z has a dry witt and a sharp tongue. I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates the works of Jane Austen, but always felt like something was missing. Who knew it would be the undead?


In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

Admittedly, when I started to read ‘In Real Life’, I was unaware that there is a stigma around female gamers choosing to play male characters over one that matches their sex. Having matured my own gaming side with the likes of Laura Croft, Jill Valentine and Chen-Li, I always automatically selected female avatars and characters. To be honest, the term “girl-gamer”, I feel is a lot of crap, you are either a gamer or you are not. A person’s gender when it comes to immersing one’s self in a world made of pixels, means absolutely nothing, it all comes down to skill. I hope that the opening scenario of this story and others like it will help to dispel the need to create characters that are expected to be played and build up gamers confidence in playing as the character e they want to play.

Genders within video games aside, the authors depict very well the relationships between social gamers, MMORPGs specifically. The camaraderie between guild and party members extends beyond the generated quests and scenarios. Time spent with people, either text based, voice based or in person, is time spent getting to know them. Lives are shared with others that are part of the world that is an escape from the real one. It is easier to share things with people that you share this common bond and do not see in person as, to some extent, there is a certain degree of detachment. This story reveals what can happen when people have less than a generous amount of respect for the other players that they interact with. It also shows the potential benefits of forming online alliances.

In summation, ‘In Real Life’ illustrates that the pros and cons of real life relationships are just as real and influential in the cyber world and should never be taken lightly.

It is wonderfully drawn with colour schemes that represent the vividity of the main character’s feelings and moods, whether in the game or irl, which makes it very relatable and easy to submerge within.

A definite read for any younger “girl-gamers”.

I Need Proof!

I Need Proof!

It is that time of the process at which point I require your assistance.

The Weathered Kingdoms and its micro-stories need fresh eyes.

Anybody with a spare hour or so, in possession of a highlighter or a document editing program/application, just drop me a message if you are interested.

What needs to be checked for?

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Consistent tense (past/present)
  • Constant point of view (1st or 3rd person) (also that the narrative doesn’t jump from one person to another.)

What to remember whilst editing:

  • Vibrantly mark your changes.  No matter how many times or how diligently I check through, I always miss bits that are either in error or simply don’t make sense.  Therefore when it comes to comparing your copy to mine, being able to easily find your changes is invaluable.
  • Don’t be afraid to make as many changes as you think are necessary, no matter how insignifcant or pointless you may think they may be.  My spelling, grammar and autocorrect are frustratingly terrible and I want to make absolutely sure that it all makes perfect sense before I publish hard copies.
  • Feel free to contact me if you need context or there is something that makes no sense whatsoever.  My concentration and autocorrects are shockingly off-point.  I wrote the majority of it all on my apple tablet (wink) whilst at my breads and-butter jobs over the past three years, which gave me the means and motivation.  However, my autocorrect seems to think that it is right 100% of the time, even when putting capital letters on “in, it, is”…and my day jobs tend to require that I put interruptive customers before my stories.

So please, if you are able, I could really use your help.  You can either contact me through WordPress or my Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/akarockynorton/

Thank you in advance.

Published? Who me?


I am simply that.  Published.  Self-published.

Only digital for the time being, a hard copy to follow once I’ve finished polishing the edges and typing up the dear-god-why-did-I-start-this glossary.

If you happen to download a copy, please go to good reads and give me a quick review.  I’ve not had much by way of feedback and am honestly getting a tad curious as to what people think of it.


Can you describe them?


One of the key elements to my writing style for The Weathered Kingdoms, is the fact that I don’t include a lot of descriptions.  Bare minimum, in fact.  I have chosen to do this as I wish for my readers to create their own, very personal images of the characters and locations.  

That being said, I have decided to include descriptions of one physical attribute of each of the main characters, to lend depth.  These are few examples of what I’m including;

Proof Readers Please


I have finished the writing and typing up of The Weathered Kingdoms.

Three years of writing and a few weeks of typing have brought me the accomplishment of 15500 words over 28 basically formatted a4 pages.  And now it need to make sure that it actually makes sense.

During the typing process I changed a few names which need to be checked for continuity.  My grammar is also quite poor, especially, I believe, my use of apostrophes when used to identify a possession.  Not to mention the fact that I typed the whole thing out using an iPad and, whilst I tried to catch every auto correct that tried to insert itself, I’m fairly certain a few remain.

I feel the need to point out that, despite the fact that it is a story aimed at children, it is very wordy.  I will not be editing this issue.  Simply put, this is how I write.  When I was a child, I would read books that were more advanced that my own vocabulary because of the superior story quality.  If there was a word that I did not understand, I would learn it, and in doing so, expand my knowledge of the English language.  This is a quality that I am aiming to inspire in my younger readers.  I will include a glossary at the end of the book and also on this site (to save the digital readers the hassle).

If there is anyone out there that is interested in doing a bit of proof reading for this story, leave a comment on this page or message me via my Facebook page.



Concept Art


Otherwise known as proof as to why I will not be the one to illustrate my story.

Flames of white whipped the fire into a frenzy, the flames rose so hush as to scorch the eaves of the ceiling, an overwhelming scent of sulfur, of rotten eggs, caused each member to the assembled to reel away from the hearth.
Using her disguised form to her advantage, she flew around her to create an enchanted circle to contain the magic, then landed on the finger that had been extended towards her, as the queen had noticed the beautiful dragonfly encircling her.

From then moment the stone had come into contact with that woman, the black crow stirred.  Through every movement it had stayed in place, stuck fast to the young seer’s shoulder.
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