Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The Classic Regency Romance--now With Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem

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Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books
Copyright Date: ©2009
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There are people who are deeply offended by this concept: a mash-up of a beloved classic with monsters. I am not one of those people. Quite the contrary, I have never read Pride and Prejudice and never intend to. The movies are about as close as I get to classic literature.

Jane Austen? Boring. Jane Austen plus zombies? Hilarious and action-packed! Also, very commercially successful – a new genre has been spawned.

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Keogh
Apr 05, 2018

It was Seth Grahame-Smith who started the trend of literary mash-ups with this off kilter take on Austen's masterpiece, that just happens to inject all the relationship dramas, class differences, and yearning of Lizzie and Darcy with zombie mayhem. It's funny when it needs to be, marvelously demented, and a very different take on Jane Austen. One wonders what she'd think of it.

SPPL_Anna Mar 22, 2018

It's fun and sometimes that's all you need.

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

I'm both an Austen fan and a fan of sci-fi/fantasy, so this intrigued me with its blend of both. It uses 80% just straight-up "Pride and Prejudice" text, changing and interjecting just enough to give it a radically different premise. It can verge on a bit disgusting or gory at times, so only read this if you're a fan of the zombie trope in addition to enjoying Jane Austen.

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darladoodles
Feb 25, 2017

I am not a zombie fan and when Walking Dead is playing in my house, I avoid the room with the television. What I am is a Jane Austen fan and especially a Pride and Prejudice fan. I love the story more as time goes on.

So, when our library offered the opportunity to watch the movie one week and discuss the book the next, I decided it was time to check out this book.

It was a pleasant surprise to find out that the original text is preserved and the zombie parts added into the plot. In my opinion, Grahame-Smith did an excellent job of combining his zombie excerpts with Austen's original text. Hence, the four stars.

Now, a brief word about the movie. Worth watching, for sure. Don't expect the plot to follow P&P as closely as the BBC mini-series. They take a rather large detour and some rather creative plot points. With the exception of Darcy, the casting gets high marks. Colin Firth has spoiled me for eternity and no one else measure up. Also loved the costumes and the visuals of the Bennett girls preparing for battle.

BostonPL_LauraB Oct 28, 2016

This was utterly silly and over-the-top grotesque at times, but the plot is still the plot, which is fun!

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BWilsoned
Apr 04, 2016

I enjoyed this version of Austen's Pride & Prejudice with the introduction of the "manky dreadfuls". In folding in his zombies, innuendo, and a lot more action, Grahame-Smith made this story even funnier than the original. Imagine Elizabeth Bennett dueling Lady du Bourgh with actual fighting instead of cutting words. Wickham's fate is much more satisfying and Elizabeth's initial reaction to all slights to family honor is to cut someone's head off:)
That said, I'm sure purists would like the author to think up his own story about zombies. His additions to the original story make it more fun for modern readers, but definitely stray wildly from Austen's original comment on the class prejudice and stratified society of her day. Mr. Bennett is still a hoot.

PimaLib_JB Oct 28, 2014

A fun mashup of English Literature (capitalized) with a fast-paced zombie invasion. If you're a Liz trying to get your Mr. Darcy to put down the video game controller and pick up a book, this might work!

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cegerstein
Sep 11, 2014

This was a fun read and, like another commenter mentioned, it has made me want to go back and reread the original. I especially enjoyed the book club discussion questions at the back. Along this vein: Jane Slayre; Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters; Little Vampire Women; Alice in Zombieland.

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emkelleyb3
Mar 09, 2013

A fun twist on a wonderful classic! Our heroine Elizabeth battles brain-hungry zombies while also battling her heart when it comes to the handsome yet seemingly cold Mr. Darcy. Seth Grahame-Smith fits the zombies in perfectly and takes us on a journey in a zombie ridden world of Jane Austen.

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sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Zombies...Just because it's Austen doesn't mean Graham-Smith shies away from the traditional tropes.

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Violence: Killing zombies and zombies killing.

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orion98
Jun 24, 2010

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.

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