Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Publisher: Quirk Classics
Date Published: May 1st 2016
“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.
The movie adaptation to this book is coming out at the end of February. That meant that it had to come off of the To Be Read pile. Since it had been announced that a movie adaptation had been in the making I decided to procure this book.
It is written in the same prose as the original material. This took me a while to get back in the swing of things as it feels like an eon ago when I read Jane Austen’s work. Now, I went into this book expecting blood and guts and gore. While there is mention of all of these the prose of the book stops it from being the gruesome blood fest I was expecting.
This book had all the elements that made Pride and Prejudice a classic. Adding in some zombies just to keep it current and interesting. It was good to revisit the old tale with one obvious twist.
I am exceedingly interested to see how the movie adaptation with Lily James and Sam Riley compares to Seth Grahame Smith’s retelling on a tale of a headstrong girl and a man with too much pride.
I have rated this book a 3.5/5. An original idea well carried out. I was a little let down as my expectations of a bloodbath were not met. However, after reading the book and reflecting on it I can see that this work was carried out with great care for the original piece of literature.