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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies [Paperback]

Jane Austen , Seth Grahame-Smith
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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March 1 2009 1594743347 978-1594743344
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
 
So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

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Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature. Seth Grahame-Smith once took a class in English literature. He lives in Los Angeles.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome! May 4 2009
By MLE
Format:Paperback
I was excited about this book as soon as I heard the title and I couldn't wait to read it. Really, how can anything with zombies AND ninjas in it be bad?
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Redone Aug. 13 2009
By Dave_42 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
There is little disagreement when one describes "Pride and Prejudice" as a classic, and while "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" may never achieve that classification, it certainly draws notice for its use of Jane Austen's story with a few alterations and extras done to change it from a story which deals with society, upbringing and morals into one which pokes fun at those aspects of the book and throws in some zombie action as well. A good portion of the book is taken from Jane Austen's, and so she is very rightly given top billing for the writing, but one cannot overlook the importance of Seth Grahame-Smith's contribution as it changes the entire character and feel of the story. Obviously, Seth deserves credit for coming up with the idea as well.

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.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Here's the thing. This book is not for everyone. I love Jane Austen, I've studied the Regency period, I am a Jane afficionado. But I also like kung fu movies. And I have a fondness for the classic horror film. So this book was pretty much made for me and folks like me.

It is also much, um, randier, than I was expecting. Some comments are definitely much coarser than most Austen readers enjoy.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea, stretched too far July 3 2009
By J. Tobin Garrett TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I wanted to love this book. Really, I did. I wanted to be howling with laughter, and unable to put it down. But I wasn't, and frequently did put it down. Instead, I found something that was mildly funny most of the time, and chuckle-worthy a couple of times, and never laugh-out-loud hilarious.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The concept is funnier than the actual book Sept. 20 2010
Format:Paperback
When I first saw the book in the bookstore I thought the idea was hilarious. Take a classic and modernize it. I love parody and wit and thought this book would serve up both.

Recently I've been reading classic books (Count of Monte Cristo, Moby Dick) and I thought this would be a fun way to read a classic.

I read the reviews on this book and some people thought it was fantastic. I am not sure what they were expecting, if you have low expectations than anything is good.

This book is Pride and Prejudice. If you don't like that kind of story (I had seen the movie with my wife, never read the book before) then skip this. There is at most 10% new/modified content. Most of this new content is entirely meaningless. For example, in the original book a chapter will say they went from their home to London. In the modified book it inserts a zombie fight along the road side. It has zero impact to the story, and fortunately doesn't last too long.

The zombies are generally presented in a silly/humorist way. I admit is is funny when these pretentious women are at a ball talking about who likes whom and suddenly zombies bust in the window and disrupt the whole thing. But here is the thing of it: it is only funny once and really as a concept (you may be laughing now). The actual prose used to describe it isn't particularly inspired. Some writers are funny in their use of the language (Cosby, Ricky Gervais), not so here.

In summary I think it is a brilliant idea: add zombies to a classic book. I can see why the publisher would jump on that. But it appears they made certain not to change the original story (probably the right idea), which ultimately means any new content is meaningless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a personal review.
Bought this book for my father, he loved it. He was really going through a zombie phase at the time.
Published 13 months ago by RockabillySole
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting twist!
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
Published 19 months ago by Duchess
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it says it is.
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
Published on Oct. 14 2012 by Guillaume
2.0 out of 5 stars From now on I will keep my Austen and my zombies separate
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 more
Published on March 6 2012 by Megan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great twist
This book was so entertaining. I have wanted to read Pride and Prejudice for a while but I knew that the story would bore me to no end. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2011 by Sophia Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and irreverent
This is a very funny and silly read. Some Austen purists have snubbed it, but the author was by no means not respecting the original work or the author. Read more
Published on July 16 2011 by G. Larouche
2.0 out of 5 stars zombies and P&P
I saw this book and thought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, both things i enjoy, how can this go wrong? well it kind of did. Read more
Published on May 25 2011 by bing
1.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice - and a waste of my time!
If you're going to write a novel, about anything, please be original! It does not take much to take a novel that is already written (and which the auther has died) and then add in... Read more
Published on March 23 2011 by Book_reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Like most of you I was forced to read Pride and Prejudice in high school.

I truly thought it was an overrated book. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2011 by RW Todd
2.0 out of 5 stars Clever but a One-Note Effort
It is fun to see that this has created a new mash-up genre and I applaud its ingenuity. I have to admit that it took me six months to read it after purchasing because deep down I... Read more
Published on June 13 2010 by Jeffrey Swystun
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