Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
The majority of which written was by Jane Austen.  Zombie tidbits contributed by Seth Grahame-Smith.
Quirk Books, 2009

I’ve been trying to review books in the order read, but since everyone seems curious about it, I’m going to jump ahead and review PPZ.  I hope you don’t mind.

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

Honestly, as soon as I read that infamous, but now rewritten, opening line, I was delighted.  Yes, I’ve read Pride and Prejudice and own multiple copies.  Yes, I’ve seen all the movies.  Yes, I have just as big a crush on Mr. Darcy as the next girl.  And it did not bother me one bit that it’s been expanded to “feature all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.”  You see, I’m a pretty huge nerd sometimes and this did nothing but create in me a desperate knowledge that I just HAD to read it and make me pre-order it like any zombie loving girl would.  *Please note; I bought this.  I did not get an advanced reader from Quirk and I had no idea of the ruckus they caused.*

 Over at the Wikipedia entry for this book, you will find the timeline of its existence, from conception to completion. (Just be careful if you go to the link, they have a rather detailed summary of the book, don’t read it if you don’t want the book spoiled.)  I find this quote from Grahame-Smith as to how Pride and Prejudice was perfect for this mash-up:

“You have this fiercely independent heroine, you have this dashing heroic gentleman, you have a militia camped out for seemingly no reason whatsoever nearby, and people are always walking here and there and taking carriage rides here and there,” he said. “It was just ripe for gore and senseless violence. From my perspective anyway.” Goodwin, Liz (2009-03-31). “Monsters vs. Jane Austen”.

Basically he took the original Pride and Prejudice manuscript and added in zombies, ninjas, and lots of death.  The Bennet girls are now proficient killers.  Lady Catherine de Bourgh is one of the best zombie killers employed by the crown.  Mr. Darcy’s hotness now includes lots of zombie-butt kicking action.  Mr. Collins is still a simpering idiot.  All the romance, social prejudice and misunderstandings are still there.  I won’t tell you who among the original cast becomes a zombie or who is maimed for life by Mr. Darcy *** SPOILER ALERT!!!!! *** (and by God, that person deserved it and I always felt it was sorely lacking in the original!).  End spoiler alert!  You will just have to read it yourself.   Suffice it to say, I greatly enjoyed this zombie, 19th century comedies of manners mash-up and if you have a skewed sense of humor, enjoy zombie mayhem or just want something very different, I think you will too.

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29 thoughts on “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  1. I've never read the original Pride and Prejudice, but I really want to check this one out. It sounds hilarious, and just amazing and unique. I'm such a dork as well so it fits!!!

    I tried to buy it this past weekend, I believe, but the store was out…so I'll just keep waiting for now.

    -Lauren

  2. I really want to read this. I wish the library would get it! Actually, the library getting this book was in a dream I had last night. I just remembered!

  3. I liked it. I thought it left room for improvement but I did like it. And I *love* the idea of it. Actually…I might love the idea of it more than I actually liked the book. lol

  4. He'd probably like it then. It's a very odd fit I think. I'm not sure all zombie lovers would like it for all the romance just as I don't think all the romantics would like it for the zombies. I liked it for what it was, an amusing little mash-up. I love Pride and Prejudice ever so much more, it's an undisputed classic.

  5. Then you would probably love it!!! I've heard the publisher was completely out of stock; I'm sure they are working hard to print more. I hope you enjoy it once you get a copy!

  6. I can see your point; loving the idea of it more than the actual loving of it. I guess I went into it with somewhat low expectations and he met those pretty well. LOL Wow, was that a backhanded complement or what? 😉 I think if I had expected a lot of it, I would have been disappointed. But it is what it is.

  7. I keep seeing this and of course all the countless other P&P spin-offs but you know what? I think I have to read P&P first! Yep, haven't read the original so that's what's keeping me from these other books. One of these days…

  8. Oh, for crying out loud… I was going to just let others enjoy this one, but how can I leave this off my list of books to pick up after reading your review?! And I'd better pick it up soon, or I'll be the last one to read it!

    Do you think my book club would be interested in reading it?

  9. I heard this guy on NPR and he was really fun, but even that did not make me want to read this…despite my fondness for Pride and Prejudice and for zombies. Your review is making me think my decision was a bit hasty. Me thinks I doth protest too much. It is time to add this to the wishlist!

  10. What a great review! I wasn't sure of this one when I first heard about it, not being a huge fan of zombie lore myself, but this sounds like it would be a good read.

  11. Well, how can you just let everyone else read it and have no idea of the fun you're missing?? 😉

    I'm not sure about a book club; it depends on what sort of books they all like. It is definitely perfect for a lot of discussion. Do they think it's okay to mess with classic literature this way? What do they think of letting other authors "edit" another work like this? Etc, etc…

  12. Carl! Carl, Carl, Carl. Now, I expected better from you. ;Þ

    I am afraid that the hype is going to hurt this one. It is what it says it is; nothing but the text with zombie action inserted in. It's really funny and I actually think you would enjoy it.

  13. I'm sure I would enjoy it. I may have to consider this one a must-read for this year's R.I.P. Challenge. What I think might harm it more than anything is the overabundance of Pride and Prejudice stuff the market is glutted with right now. However, it is unique, and if you liked it and others like you promote it as well as the zombie-philes, it might just do very well.

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