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Thursday, June 9, 2011

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

Author: Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
Pages: 317
Publisher: Quirk Classics
Series or Standalone: 1st in series
Genre: Retelling of Classic
Reading Level: 14 years old+
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"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 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, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.

The entire Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novel can be summed up in one word: GENIUS. The entire premise of it might make some people skeptical to read it, but I dove into it head first, anticipating a humorous and very interesting new take of Jane Austen’s classic. I sure as hell was not disappointed.

Seth Grahame-Smith managed to stick very closely to the original, while still making it his own. I’ve read about 3/4ths of Pride and Prejudice, and, for the most part, it was very spot on. I think people take this book too seriously, and judge it quite harshly. But you have to take it for what it is: a zombie filled parody! The zombies added a whole other element to the book. It wasn’t simply just copy and paste the original, and then add in a zombie here or there. No, this affected the whole novel; plot, characters, conversations, actions, etc. I really give Seth a hand for pulling it off. This could have gone terrible in so many ways, but he really made it work.

The book also features black and white drawings of the scenes throughout the book. It was a nice surprise when I would just turn the page and find one there. It really helped bring the story and characters to life, especially seeing things like the girls in action fighting against zombies. My favorite was of the zombies eating the cooking staff’s brains… but, you’ll see that for yourself.

The cover for this is certainly eye catching as well. I mean, if that doesn’t make you the least bit curious, what will?

I laughed, I gasped, I wanted to throw the book against the wall, but in the end, I loved it. It was one amazing zombie thrillride! I leave you with these final words: TEAM DARCY!! I give this novel 5 out of 5 stars


  1. Great review! I'll be sure to add this book to my wishlist! I saw it at a couple bookstores but I was hesitant to buy it, but you've convinced me :)

  2. hurray for such a great review! so happy to hear you enjoyed it because it is current;y sitting in my TBR pile....Will have to bump it up a couple of books :)hahas! thanks for sharing...


  3. It's good that this book is a great one! I was one of those being sceptical, reason being I'm not as huge Prejudice fan. But I will pick this up! Thanks for the review :)

  4. I'm looking forward to reading this! I have not read Pride and Prejudice... do you reccomend reading it first or is it good on it's own?


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