Wednesday, September 2, 2009

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

Description from Goodreads:

"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—& 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
& arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—& even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism & 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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Hmm, I could have done without that last sentence in the description. Hmm. Well, anyway.

This is my first try at reading anything that is based from anything by Jane Austen so I can't really compare with the other Austenian world themed books out there. And from reading it, let's just say I wasn't turned off from reading more Jane Austen inspired books. In fact, it made me curious to see what the other authors have done with the other Austen novels to spice things up a bit. :)

Surprisingly, the book stayed true to most of the important parts of Pride and Prejudice. Those who have read P&P before (and still haven't got the chance to read it again - ME! ME!) might get confused as, naturally, some parts from the original book were modified. But though that may be the case, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies followed the framework of the original book, which I think was a wise decision on the author's part as I don't think fans of Jane Austen can stand it if even the main storyline was changed! :p

Honestly, I think those who aren't that big fans of Jane Austen may be able to appreciate her more through this book. Seth Grahame-Smith not only retained Austen's witty remarks, he made them so outrageous you can't help but laugh at the absurdity of them all! Plus, this was made to adapt with more younger people, especially to those who don't really care much for the Old English way of how Jane Austen wrote.

The illustrations were also a nice touch, I sort of wished there were more of them strewn about the whole book. :) As for the zombie thing? Though some parts did gross me out, they still added to the fun and excitement of the book. But despite the book's title, I didn't really feel that zombies played that big a part in the book. What really drew me in was the author's hilarious way of retelling the novel as well as the in-your-face frankness exhibited by the some (if not all) of the characters. :)

Plot: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Book Love: 4/5

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5 comments:

~THE OPTIMISTIC PESSIMIST ~ said...

I just sooo wasnt sure about this book! U might have gotten me to try it. Nice review. Your blog is very great!

Rhiannon Hart said...

This is the first review I've seen of this book! Yeah, I could do without that last line on the cover to. It's kind of nasty seeing as Austen has written classics that people *do* want to read. Great review.

austenfan said...

@the optimistic pessimist:
I'm not guaranteeing that you will like it, but you might. :) And thanks for dropping by! :)

@rhiannon hart: Hear, hear! :D

hmsgofita said...

He he, I loved this retelling of P&P. Great review and glad you enjoyed it!

NotNessie said...

Funny that this would be your first foray into Austen spinoffs. You really can't get much further away from the originals, I would think.

Nice review, though I doubt I'll be reading this one.

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