Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Publication Date: April 4, 2009

 

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The small English town of Meryton suffers from a plague of unmentionables and Miss Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe it out. [easyazon_link identifier=”1594743347″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem![/easyazon_link] is a retelling of Jane Austen’s (the late writer, in fact, gets a co-writing credit) eighteenth-century masterpiece with a twist.

 

 

Readers of this blog will know that I adore Seth Grahame-Green and zombies. I like the work of Jane Austen but am not the superfan I am of other genres and authors. Because of my lukewarm approach to Austen, I did not read the zombie retelling when it was initially released. I am perhaps one of the very few people that loved the movie version of “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter” so when advanced promotion for [easyazon_link identifier=”1594743347″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem![/easyazon_link] started, the movie looked like something that must not be missed and whet interest in the novel.

What I loved about “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter” is that Grahame-Green presented a straightforward historical account to the reader. What I love about [easyazon_link identifier=”1594743347″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem![/easyazon_link] is what Grahame-Green did with the characters. They are free and empowered and, in the case of Miss Elizabeth Bennet, somewhat psychotic. Charles Bennet trained his daughters in martial arts and the sisters are accomplished fighters. Matrons wanting to mock the sisters might want to watch out for Elizabeth. She will imagine, with great enjoyment, your head leaving your body and might be tempted to make that dream a reality. The Bennet sisters are fighters. Even Mary, who is somewhat boring in the novel, steps up and fights to protect her family and village. When Mr. Darcy is added to the plot-line it’s as an accomplished monster hunter that gets on the wrong side of Lizzie and that’s not a side you want to be on.

Devotees of Austen may think that Grahame-Green took the easy route. He copies whole paragraphs of the original piece but that is part of his charm. He integrates a subplot into the familiar that is both ridiculous and plausible in that he fills in the off-page gaps. I’m not going to spoil anything but Lady Catherine’s role in this piece is a special delight. If you thought she was evil in the original work, get a look at her in a world in which the ability to defend oneself is a great asset.

[easyazon_link identifier=”1594743347″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem![/easyazon_link] is not going to be for everyone. If you’re an Austen purist, you will hate this novel. The characters are not Austen’s characters with hidden depths. Every character in [easyazon_link identifier=”1594743347″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem![/easyazon_link] is a new creation with a unique backstory related to the longstanding unmentionable problem. The elegance of Austen’s original work is somewhat compromised in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” but the modern novel isn’t intended as a copy in the spirit of but as an alternative world perspective to a well-known world and in that it succeeds spectacularly. It’s hard to be an aloof debutante when you’re killing zombies but the polite language and good manners are consistent throughout.

If you’re looking for a quick weekend read and, like me, love zombies, buy [easyazon_link identifier=”1594743347″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem![/easyazon_link] today. [easyazon_link identifier=”1594743347″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem![/easyazon_link] is just that—whether you know the original work or not.

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Seth Grahame-Smith is a New York Times best-selling author, screenwriter and film producer.

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