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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Paperback – Mar 1 2009
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“…a jolly mash-up of Austen’s 1813 classic and the horror tropes of the walking dead…”-Philadelphia Inquirer
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the ultimate mash-up.” – Newsday
“Because every story is better with zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith's bestselling novel-turned-movie is a must-read for Austen lovers... Pride and Prejudice and Zombies needs to be on every P&P fan's shelf.”–Bustle
About the Author
Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature. Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of the New York Times best seller Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. He also wrote the screenplay for the Tim Burton film Dark Shadows. He lives in Los Angeles.
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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.
You know the drill: the Bennett family is in an uproar when wealthy Mr. Bingley moves into the neighborhood, and Mrs. Bennett is especially happy when he takes a liking to the eldest Bennett daughter Jane. At the same time, Elizabeth matches wits with the haughty Mr. Darcy, rebuffs her toadyish cousin Mr. Collins, and befriends the hunky flirty Mr. Wickham (who claims to have been wronged by Wickham). Scandals, weddings and nasty old bats ensue.
However, this isn't exactly the Jane Austen story one would expect. England is overrun by a plague that turns people into shambling zombies, with the sort of repercussions you would.... not really expect. The Sisters Bennet are a deadly Shaolin-trained squad of warriors (Lizzle "has something more of the killer instinct than her sisters") trained in countless weapons, Lady Catherine is a feared zombie-slayer with an army of ninjas, balls regularly get crashed by the undead, and Charlotte Lucas accepts Mr. Collins' proposal after she's infected by the zombie plague. I guess marriage to the professional toady isn't quite as bad as becoming a zombie.
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!" was the start of the current ongoing fad for adding zombies, sea monsters, werewolves, vampires and other horror tropes to classic literature. Some are good, some are bad, and some are really horrible -- but fortunately Seth Grahame-Smith's contribution to the spoof genre is actually a pretty solid contribution.
Basically he took Austen's elegant, dignified classic full of marriages, courtships and true love, and inserted lots of katanas, ninjas, zombies and gory gruesome deaths into it (Lizzie regularly splatters zombies with her elite martial-arts skills, muskets, and skills with a sword). Large chunks of it are essentially unchanged except for some funny additions ("Let us flatter ourselves that Mr Collins, who seems always eager to talk of Heaven, may be dispatched there by a horde of zombies before I am dead").
Grahame-Smith also change some scenes (the famous proposal scene is pretty much the same in dialogue, but Lizzie spends it trying to kick Darcy to death while he fends her off with a poker), and he adds in some bizarre scenes of his own (Lizzie spars blindfolded with some of Lady Catherine's faithful ninjas). The results: it's pretty funny if you can take a beloved classic with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Not uproariously belly-laugh funny, but chuckle-inducing funny.
And he adds some rather... unique spins to Austen's beloved characters, especially since most of them are reinvented as being acquainted with the "deadly arts." Lizzie is a ruthless Shaolin warrior who navigates societal mores and finds true love, even as she splatters zombie brains and strangles ninjas with their own intestines. Mr. Darcy is a haughty, sexy man... who can be somewhat dirty-minded and mutters four-letter words when Caroline Bingley pesters him, and Lady Catherine is reknowned for being a killer of the unmentionables as well as being a foul snobby old bat ("Five daughters brought up at home without any ninjas?").
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!" takes a classic and adds lots of stuff that is almost guaranteed to make it funny. It's not brilliant, but it is entertaining.
I do not regret it one bit. The moment I read the first few lines I just cracked up laughing. The thought of the sisters Bennett being a pack of Buffy's and instead of vampire slaying they're zombie slaying is just hilarious. They crash into a party, never fear! the Bennets are here! hahah. I loved every bit of this book. It stayed 90 percent true to the main plot with a few deviations here and there (you'll laugh about Mr Collins and Charlotte). Which I find perfectly acceptable. In my opinion, Elizabeth Bennet could kick Buffy's butt any day. She's got Shaolin training damnit! :D
There are parts in the book where it can be extremely ridiculous but you will have to keep reminding yourself that this book is a parody of the actual story. To be prepared to take it all with a light heart (set all purist thoughts aside!) does help and makes the story much more enjoyable and a fun read all the way through. The book even supplies some very nice detailed illustrations for your viewing (or not) pleasure. Note, my favorite illustration? will have to be the last one. It made me laugh, but it gave me the warm fuzzies too. You'll see what I mean once you get there.
I would say the only negative besides the little parts of over silliness? it's not for the faint of heart. Some parts are graphic and detailed. You just have to remember this is a parody and it's meant to be funny. If I can set aside my purist thoughts, I'm sure you can.
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