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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Deluxe Heirloom Edition Hardcover – Oct 1 2009
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Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith are the authors of the international best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Since its publicaton in April 2009, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been translated into French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Serbian, and Croatian. The novel has also been optioned to become a major motion picture. Ms. Austen died in 1817, but Mr. Grahame-Smith is currently alive and well in Los Angeles, California.
Roberto Parada is a freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in Time, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Sports Illustrated. A graduate from Pratt Institute, he has received awards from The New York Society of Illustrators, Communications Arts, and American Illustration. Mr. Parada is also a bone marrow transplant survivor.
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I knew as soon as I read the first line (a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains) that I was in for a treat. I was not dissappointed. This book had me laughing so hard I decided it wouldn't be safe to read at work.
I expect most people that are going to read this have already read the original Pride and Prejudice (which I love and have read many times). Part of the appeal of this book is seeing familiar lines blanketed by zombie - err "unmentionable" - action.
The only thing I wasn't overly fond of were the illustrations. I'm not sure if it was the style or just that none of the characters looked quite right, but I usually skipped right past them. Thankfully there were not very many so it wasn't the distraction it could have been.
It's hard to say much more without giving away the very lines that make this book such a deliciously funny read, so I will only say, if you loved the original and have a slightly twisted sense of humour, you will absolutely enjoy this book.
While being a great idea, the execution of it is somewhat uneven. A large number of the changes made in the story involve references to the "deadly arts" or descriptions of what weapons they have with them, and as a result those types of changes become repetitive and are overdone. What I enjoyed much more were the subtle, and not so subtle, changes in dialogue. Sometimes these changes appear to be almost random, but many of them are focused on including insults aimed at Mr. Collins. A couple of them were so well done that I found myself laughing out loud at them. The other type of change that Seth Grahame-Smith made was to the plot, and these changes were also very enjoyable. These were aimed at Charlotte, Mr. Collins, and Mr. Wickham, and while one might have wanted to see more of these, they are the trickiest type of change because it was clearly important to stick with most of the writing from the original novel.Read more ›
It is also much, um, randier, than I was expecting. Some comments are definitely much coarser than most Austen readers enjoy.
I love Austen's original book, which is quite funny and witty, and as a nerd, the idea of combining zombies and ninjas to the story seemed a delightful parody.
Don't scream sacrilege: this book doesn't take itself seriously at all.
For Austen fans who are able to laugh at themselves, and for zombie fans everywhere.
If I may add: the other books that were added to the series ("Dawn of the dreadful" and "Dreadfully ever after") do not have the same appeal, as they do not even make an effort to sound remotely Austen-ish, which deeply disappointed me, as the idea could have had potential. They are simply zombie stories taking place in the Regency, with some Austen characters thrown in. The original is the best! Don't bother with the so-called sequels.
The premise is the most exciting thing about this book, but it's a premise that isn't sustained throughout. There are moments of glorious spoof, but most times the zombie action just fades into the background of the original story of Pride and Prejudice. Some of the inclusions of zombie-ness seem a bit forced, and it becomes sadly repetitive with more and more reading.
Probably would have been hilarious and awesome as a short story, or a one chapter spoof, but to have 300 pages of it becomes tedious, especially if the laughter pay-off isn't that big.
Most recent customer reviews
I don't know why anyone would want to write a classic book. They took my favourite story and made it insipid and stupid.Published 5 days ago by Amanda
I finally understand why Charlotte married Mr.Collins out of the blue.
I have seen the numerous movies based on Pride and Prejudice novel, and was looking forward to reading... Read more
An A for effort and creativity but not on par with the original. Perhaps if you've never read Austen you'd love this.Published 14 months ago by Jessica
Bought this book for my father, he loved it. He was really going through a zombie phase at the time.Published on Sept. 25 2013 by RockabillySole
This is a very interesting twist on the classic and I enjoyed it quite a bit!
It gave me quite a few giggles and I love the fact that the heroine is not as helpless as one... Read more
AKA, "Jane Austin for Men."
It's exactly what it sounds like: the classic Victorian drama carefully edited to add zombie attacks, displays of martial prowess, and some rather... Read more
I like Pride and Prejudice. I like zombies. So it stands to reason that I should like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. But I don't. Read morePublished on March 6 2012 by Megan