Princess Diana fascination reaching creepy heights?

In this magazine cover image released by Newsweek, a computer-generated image of Princess Diana is shown with Kate Middleton on the cover of the July 4, 2011 issue of Newsweek magazine. Diana was killed in a car accident in 1997 and would have turned 50 on Friday. In April, Middleton married Prince William, the oldest son of Diana and Prince Charles. (AP Photo/Newsweek)

A CG image of Princess Diana with Kate Middleton on the cover of the July 4, 2011, issue of Newsweek magazine.
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(CBS) The People's Princess is alive and well. In fiction, anyway.

Tina Brown's Newsweek - while technically a magazine of journalism - imagines what Princess Diana would be like at 50, had she lived. Monica Ali wrote a book called "Untold Story" in which she writes that Diana faked her death and lives in the United States' Midwest .

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On the cover of Newsweek, a Photoshopped Diana - looking particularly ghoulish - walks next to her daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton. The image has been a talker. Some see it as exceedingly creepy while others call it inspired.

In the Newsweek article, Tina Brown theorizes Diana would have had Botox, buff arms and at least two more marriages. 

In the New York Times, Curtis Sittenfeld writes of Ali's novel,

"In creating a story about Diana's escape from public life, Ali has allowed Diana herself to escape from the novel. Ali never uses the name "Diana"; the main character calls herself Lydia Snaresbrook. And because Lydia is a willfully bland woman living in the suburbs, Ali has written a novel about a willfully bland woman living in the suburbs."

What do you think of the resurrection of Princess Diana? Let us know in the comments.

  • David Riedel

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