So Kate and I had idea made of awesome the other night. I'm not going to give you big details yet because we're not in the big details phase yet. I am going to give you a teaser (more than the post title) and a call to action.
One of my absolute favorite books is Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll. I honestly almost like it better than Pride and Prejudice. Or, if you're more into cozies, there's the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries by Carrie Bebris. Some of the things people have started to do with public domain classic literature (I bet the zombie comment makes sense now) just utterly amaze me. The places people can go, and the things they can come up with, off of a story that's been around for ages speaks to my fanfiction loving soul.
Now obviously given what I said about the super secret project you can probably come up with some idea of where Kate and I are going. Well, shush. Right now all we want from you is your favorite classic. The pint of blood and written transaction promising your first born will come later.
1) Whatever you drop in the box (either here, or on the facebook page, or at AoP) needs to be in the public domain. There are a few ways to check this, but the easiest one is probably just a google search.
2) We would prefer short stories, but if you're going to suggest us a book it'll have to be a specific scene or a chapter. For instance, don't give me the entire Children of Mars. Contain yourself to John Carter leaping around on the face of a far distant planet like a doofus.
3) You don't have to want to be involved in the super secret project to drop us a thing. We'd love to see the thing even if you're not a writer, or not comfortable with adaptation, or currently trekking your way by long-horned cryptid toward Valhalla. It's all good.
So. There's your assignment, America.
I possibly watched like fifty-seven episodes of Americas Funniest Home Videos over spring break.
On a totally unrelated side note, cryptid was not the word I was looking for there, but then when I went to check the spelling and found what I'd actually said I decided it needed to stay. You're welcome.