Beowulf Is Boring

I was looking around online, as you do, and came across this book.

Beowulf is Boring by Sean Munger

This is not your English teacher’s Beowulf. This is Beowulf with sex. Fire. Boobs. Battle scenes. Explosions. Human sacrifice. Ninjas. Hot chicks. Stuff blowing up. Cannibalism. Drinking. Did we mention boobs? Oh, there’s still the requisite crap with Grendel, his mother, the dragon and ancient Anglo-Saxon legends. But this is Beowulf the way it should have been from the beginning. Which is to say, not boring. You have our word on that. Because if it is boring, the author and 32 totally innocent people will burn in Hell for the rest of eternity, and the Devil is waiting to take their souls. And maybe yours too. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

I’m one of those people who actually found Beowulf really boring. I almost fell asleep reading it so I’m interested to read this one, but at the same time I also can’t handle it when people take an original story and re-create it even if I don’t like that story. It seems to be becoming an increasing phenomenon with Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Mr Darcy Vampyre, and Jane Slayre,  just to name a few. I can understand the market for it though with recreating a classic to appeal to a wider audience, but on the other hand I also question why these people don’t just come up with an original story of their own that will appeal to readers of dark or science fiction.

How do you feel about the new trend to recreate and mash up classics with horror?

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