That being said, it s rather unnecessary for anyone to read this novel in its entirety, even if it does sound amusing The best plan is to read the first two or three chapters, and then call it a day You ll get the point and you won t be missing much Actually, you ll get everything you need, because Chapter 3 will include a ball and a zombie battle It really is a clever idea maintaining the actual text of Pride and Prejudice and simply inserting another storyline one that just happens to involve zombies overrunning England so that the upper classes men and often women are sent to Japan or China to be trained in deadly arts so as to combat the unfortunately afflicted But it s a funny joke that gets old very very fast The first few chapters had me giggling as a result of the novelty The exact PP text with small insertions or minor dialogue alterations it is a funny idea, even I must admit But that s where it ends Nothing truly unique was done with the story beyond some small revenges on irritating and wicked characters that didn t receive what was coming to them in the real novel For the sake of maintaining as much of the original text as possible, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies runs exactly the same course as Pride and Prejudice SPOILERS after this point, but really, admit to yourself that you re not actually going to read this You ll chuckle over the cover which is the best part of the whole thing when you look at it in the bookstore, and then you ll set it down We re in a recession You re not seriously going to purchase this novel when there s so much else out there to be read I suppose that is my biggest qualm with the novel If it was going to do something truly interesting, the plot would have needed to change a bit I suppose it was unrealistic for Darcy or Elizabeth to die, but there are so few casualties that it s really quite disappointing I was expecting to at least lose one Bennet sister Kitty could have been eaten or Mary could die in a blaze of glory Even Grahame Smith alludes to this desire at one point, where Elizabeth fantasizes decapitating Lydia in a carriage But there s no follow through The only losses we experience are of Charlotte who is afflicted with the zombie plague and Mr Collins who hangs himself in unexpected and rather uncharacteristic grief Wickham is crippled by Darcy, which is nice and he s sent off to a seminary for the lame in Ireland with Lydia I had actually been hoping that Wickham would be a slowly changing zombie and that he d make an attempt to eat Elizabeth s brains, or that his taking Lydia away was a ruse to feast on her brains, too or better yet, that the terrible thing he had done to Georgiana Darcy was to try and elope with her and end up being a coward in battle to the point where she was bitten by a zombie and lost a limb to it or something Nope Sorry Not nearly so interesting I would never expect me to say this, but there was just too much Pride and Prejudice in here the author was unwilling to deviate from the novel enough to create something interesting that could stand on its own as a ridiculously funny Austenuation Ah well.
In the end, it s a clever idea, but that is all I m pleased that someone brought the idea into being, but I m not sure it merited a full novel A short excerpt in a magazine would have been sufficient rather than the entire creation such as a fake book review and excerpt in something like Believer where you could have read a few chapters and then seen a summary.
I leave you, then, with the first chapter Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesBy Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith Chapter 1 IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want ofbrains Never was this truthplain than during the recent attacks at Netherfield Park, in which a household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead My dear Mr Bennet, said his lady to him one day, have you heard that Netherfield Park is occupied again Mr Bennet replied that he had not, and went about his morning business of dagger sharpening and musket polishing for attacks by the unmentionables had grown alarmingly frequent in recent weeks But it is, returned she Mr Bennet made no answer Do you not want to know who has taken it cried his wife impatiently Woman, I am attending to my musket Prattle on if you must, but leave me to the defense of my estate This was invitation enough Why, my dear, Mrs Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune that he escaped London in a chaise and four just as the strange plague broke through the Manchester line What is his name Bingley A single man of four or five thousand a year What a fine thing for our girls How so Can he train them in the ways of swordsmanship and musketry How can you be so tiresome You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them Marriage In times such as these Surely this Bingley has no such designs Designs Nonsense, how can you talk so It is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them, and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes I see no occasion for that And besides, we mustn t busy the roadsthan is absolutely necessary, lest we losehorses and carriages to the unfortunate scourge that has so troubled our beloved Hertfordshire of late But consider your daughters I am considering them, silly woman I would much prefer their minds be engaged in the deadly arts than clouded with dreams of marriage and fortune as your own so clearly is Go and see this Bingley if you must, though I warn you that none of our girls has much to recommend them they are all silly and ignorant like their mother, the exception being Lizzy, who has somethingof the killer instinct than her sisters Mr Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such a way You take delight in vexing me You have no compassion for my poor nerves You mistake me, my dear I have a high respect for your nerves They are my old friends I have heard of little else these last twenty years at least Mr Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and self discipline, that the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character Her mind was less difficult to develop She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper When she was discontented, she fancied herself nervous And when she was nervous as she was nearly all the time since the first outbreak of the strange plague in her youth she sought solace in the comfort of the traditions which now seemed mere trifles to others The business of Mr Bennett s life was to keep his daughters alive The business of Mrs Bennett s was to get them married.
Taking my cue from the emotional ratings of the goodreads star system and I can only muster two stars for this book , I offer you a fully gut reaction to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies didn t like it1 The ninjafication of Lizzy and the Bennet sisters.
It was completely idiotic The book really should have been called Pride and Prejudice and Ninjas with Zombies to allow dumb ass Ultraviolence Had Grahame Smith simply employed the available military training of the Regency period and allowed the Bennet girls to be warriors of that sort, I could have suspended my frustration at his failure to see the difference such a shift would have made on the period itself, and his failure to engage with these changes But by adding his bizarre, counter factual, Asian cultural influence without any explanation, without any sense, Grahame Smith made ignoring the illogic of his changes impossible Plus, I fucking hate Ninja stories They were embarrassingly bad when Chuck Norris was turning them into movies, and they are even worse when tossed inexplicably into a Regency Romance.
2 The Destruction of Lizzy.
This is partially a result of Grahame Smith s Ninjification of PP, but mostly it is his stupidity PPZ s Elizabeth could be the lead smarmy girl in any of a thousand teenage high school flicks In fact, there is nothing of the Regency girl left in Grahame Smith s version She s a Millennial Girl with a Katana, and that strips Lizzy of all that makes her attractive 3 Then there s the vomit.
It doesn t matter that Grahame Smith offers a tongue in cheek defense of the constant stream of vomit in his book It is disruptive, silly and annoying And damn near everyone does it Oh sure, Mrs Bennet is the biggest puker, but at some point almost every character pukes discretely into their handkerchief Yeah, yeah, Zombies eating brains is gross, but when one has been surrounded by the Unmentionables for fifty years, it is unlikely that one will share our sense of decorum and our weak stomachs it was ok4 The Zombie scenes were nowhere near as exciting and interesting as I expected In fact, the Zombies seemed incidental They were their so Elizabeth could whip out her Katana and kill things indiscriminately One of the elements of good Zombie tales is that there is always a sense of danger Sure there are a plenty of cheesy Zombie movies, but there is always a feeling that the characters are going to have their brains eaten and turn into Zombies themselves, but when Mr Darcy or Elizabeth or any of the Bennet sisters whip out their swords there is no threat to anyone but the Zombies Still, baiting Zombies with heads of cauliflower is kind of fun 5 The one character who turned into a Zombie.
Charlotte Lucas s joining of Satan s legions starts out strong even if it ends poorly It went on much too long, but Charlotte lusting after the brains of animals at the dinner table did make me smile 6 Seth Grahame Smith s attempts to capture the style of Austen.
They were acceptable, though uninspired liked it7 The quarantine of London It made me smile really liked it8 The initial idea Zombies in Pride and Prejudice It s a brilliant idea Too bad Grahame Smith s execution didn t match.
it was amazing9 The cover.
With its Zombified Regency woman, the touch of blood, the freaky red eyes, the exposed jawbone all while mugging the cover conventions of the classic novel, it was a kick ass marketing ploy that would have sucked me in had the idea not sucked me in first not that being sucked in can be called a good thing.
10 Grahame Smith s book club bit.
A Reader s Discussion Guide was smart, funny, and did repair my opinion of the stupidity of the book just a little.
11 The pencil sketch illustrations Filled with Zombies and swordplay, the sketches were big hits with my kids If I left the book lying around they were checking out the Zombie madness For me, every sketch represented one step closer to being finished So I loved them too.
12 Jane Austen s writing It was still the best part of the book, and there was plenty of it there to make reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies tolerable I ll be grabbing some real Austen soon, however, so I can cleanse my literary palette.
If you are an Austen purist, you probably will not like this.
If you are a zombie purist, you will probably not like this.
If you can accept two seemingly unrelated worlds colliding in a creative, fun, and gruesome tale that both pokes fun of and pays homage to each genre step right up and check this out This book was a lot of fun Every page had at least one quote that had me grinning Seeing every disagreement that would have been handled as a polite argument in the original novel turn into a battle between adversaries trained by Shaolin monks was awesome I am impressed with the author, Seth Grahame Smith I have read one of his other books, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, and I enjoyed it as well I think he does a great job of combining genres with the results feeling creative, unique, and often hilarious and not feeling contrived or stupid.
Also, the book had some nice, gruesome illustrations throughout I am very much looking forward to checking out the movie If you enjoy some fun creativity and do not mind Austin being blasphemed or Zombies being slandered I behoove you to partake of this novel, posthaste
The movie was a billion times better than the bookHow often do you get to say that What a great idea Take a universally loved classic and spice it up with some zombies Honestly, I couldn t wait to get my hands on this thing I just knew that it was going to be so much fun to read I was wrong Really wrong To start with, it wasn t funny It tried to be funny, but it wasn t It was retarded I don t even think I can describe howhow not funny it was There were ninjas Yesninjas In Pride and Prejudice Ninjas Maybe that sounds kind of cool, but somehow it wasn t Hey, look There s a ninja Was that funny No And that s how awesome it was in the book, too.
I will say, Charlotte Lucas becoming infected with the zombie disease was sort of funny at times If she hadn t been killed off it might have helped the story However, Mr Collins beheaded her and then killed himself There were several things like that, where the characters in the story acted totally unlike themselves Again, I wouldn t have cared IF IT HAD BEEN FUNNY Remember Elizabeth s favorite aunt, Mrs Gardiner The one who had good sense and didn t embarrass Elizabeth Well, she for no apparent reason had an affair with an old flame while they were out seeing Pemberly Huh Why It didn t make any sense, and it was just wierd Not funny Wierd Lady Catherine was still a bitch, but she was a bitch with ninjas Yesninjas In Pride and Prejudice Ninjas.
Find all of my reviews at When I saw the theme of the winter library challenge was Classics Re Mixed I knew Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was going to be one of the five books I would read or in this case re read I m not a re reader by nature, but PP is one of my all time faves that I own as a leather bound collection, a 7.
00 BN cheapy collection, a hardback and one I actually allow myself to read Adding in the Zs to this timeless classic just made everything old brand new again for me.
The original was written over two hundred years ago and there are one and three quarter MILLION ratings on Goodreads for it, so obviously I probably don t need to go into detail when it comes to the synopsis To briefly sum it up here s a snippet from the publisher s blurb PP is about the splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth century drawing room intrigues Seth Grahame Smith s version pays homage to the original maintaining the cast of characters, storyline, the style of writing, etc He simply adds a little something extra to the re mixKATANAS Everything else remains true Elizabeth is still a feisty female voice that women can applaud, Mr Darcy remains a proud and arrogant male counterpart, who still somehow maintains dreamboat statusswoon And I m choosing THIS gif because Mr Firth is the only Darcy for me thankyouverylittle But look who has a part in the movieThe Doctor Totes adorbs If you don t like the original, you most likely will not like the modernization either But if you do I highly recommend checking out Grahame Smith s version He s pretty much a genius when it comes to re writing history.
Oh, and in case you ve been following this was my FINAL book for the Winter Reading Challenge THE LIMITED EDITION COFFEE MUG IS NOW MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE Many thanks to the library in the burbs for putting on such a fun challenge Let the countdown to next year beginoriginal REVIEW I don t always re read books well actually I hardly ever do , but when I do I make sure to kick it old school, first generation Nook style because I m too cheap to buy another copy and my library waiting list is too long .
The New York Times Best Seller Is Now A Major Motion Picture Starring Lily James And Sam Riley, With Matt Smith, Charles Dance, And Lena HeadeyIt Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged That A Zombie In Possession Of Brains Must Be In Want Of 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 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 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, 1 , Seth Grahame Smith, Jane AustenIt is a mashup combining Jane Austen s classic novel Pride and Prejudice 1813 with elements of modern zombie fiction, crediting Austen as co author It was first published in April 2009 by Quirk books and in October 2009 a Deluxe Edition was released, containing full color images and additional zombie scenes The novel was adapted into a 2016 film starring Lily James and Sam Riley 2016 1394 9786009684710 1 9786009684703 21 Pride and Prejudice has always been my favorite novel, beginning with the amazing period Jane Austin describes and ending with the wonderful characters we all love and come to consider icons Mr.
Darcy will always be an example of book boyfriend, even if he is stubborn, proud and judgmental But, you know, being in a love hate relationship with a guy only add spices to the boiling feeling and you tend to come up with excuses all the time And adding that he is hot, kind of puts all of the above into the shadows.
Coming back to reality, after reading Pride and Prejudice, I ve seen so many movies and mini series adaptations, so many re interpretations that just show you the same thing, same action, same characters and same conclusion Nothing ever changed But one day, I came upon this book and firstly I thought it was a joke.
Really From all the things on Heaven, Earth, Purgatory and Hell, they associate this love story with zombies Now that was something to read about and see if this mix was a success.
And you know what It was very nice D I was surprised by this conclusion, but I truly liked it It was basically the same connection between the characters, Elizabeth Bennett with Darcy and Jane with Mr Bingley, but it had this strange twist, they all fight zombies and protect others from their mortal bite The visual of seeing Mr Darcy fighting zombies is quite delicious if you ask me, and after all the details provided in the book, he was very good at it.
I liked that in spite this mission of saving the world from brain eating zombies, the characters remained the same as I ve read about them in the first adaptation Elizabeth was proud, Darcy mysterious, Jane very guarded and not speaking about her true feelings and Mr Bingley of course ignorant of everything about it We will definitely have Mr Wickman in the scene, version 2.
0, meaner and with acomplex role this time You will see that he will get very well acquainted with the zombies and it s up to our beloved characters to save the day.
In conclusion, I had a very good good time reading this book, because I could see my favorite characters in a very different background and read about their thrilling adventures I could imagine them role playing and it was nice and strange in the same time But because you have Jane Austen involved, it s impossible not to like it and not put aside this horror element In a way, it was quite original, attracting Romance readers and Horror as well And besides this, I loved the illustrations in the book Very well designed and it kind of introduced youto the story in terms of visual and reality.
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