Monday, October 22, 2012

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
By Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
Published by Quirk Publishing, 2009
320 pages (paperback)

“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. (from

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books. OhMyGosh… I love Elizabeth Bennett & Mr. Darcy! But adding zombies to this timeless classic? I wasn’t so sure about that. But I was curious as to how someone could put zombies in P&P so I tried it out.

And I LOVED it!

Seth Grahame-Smith (who also wrote Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) did a fabulous job of staying true to Jane Austen’s overall story but creatively turning the Austen sisters into zombie killers who are just as good at killing the living dead as they are dancing. Grahame-Smith took out a lot of the details about the dresses, houses, long walks, etc. and filled that space with brain-eating creatures. But he didn’t skim on the tension, admiration, hate, and love between Miss Elizabeth Bennett & Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

And the next time I watched the BBC’s version of Pride & Prejudice I really did keep expecting zombies to come out from the ground and attack. But they didn’t and that was ok because I still got to watch Colin Firth…… I digress.

Anywho, definitely read this book. It has love and zombies… what more could you want?

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