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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with… (edition 2009)

by Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith

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Member:tsangal
Title:Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
Authors:Jane Austen
Other authors:Seth Grahame-Smith
Info:Quirk (2009), Paperback, 320 pages
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Tags:zombies, humour, fiction

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

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Pride, prejudice, zombies…I'd rather be living a real zombie apocalypse.

I know that my review might be a tad biased, as I was never a Jane Austen fan. But of course, through countless parodies and movies and adaptations, everyone and their mother ought to know the basic premise of Jane Austen's fabulous epic, Pride and Prejudice. It's a classic tale of four sisters, and how our heroine breaks down conventional, female roles of the time. Groundbreaking, for some. Now enter Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

I love reading zombie books, from the drama-filled graphic novels of [b:The Walking Dead, Compendium 1|6465707|The Walking Dead, Compendium 1|Robert Kirkman|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1372552170s/6465707.jpg|6656179] to the history of the zombie war in [b:World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War|8908|World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War|Max Brooks|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1386328204s/8908.jpg|817], the primary focus is on the zombie, the mystery behind what started the plague, the survival, the death, and so much more. That's what I think should be the main focus of anything that really touts itself as a zombie book. [b:Pride and Prejudice and Zombies|5899779|Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)|Seth Grahame-Smith|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320449653s/5899779.jpg|6072122], on the other hand, uses the concept as simply a gimmick.

The Bennets live in a world where zombies have already been roaming England (or the world?) for over 70 years. Yet, everything else seems pretty peaceful, aside from the random zombie attacks that can happen every now and then. No worries…our lovely Bennet sisters are there to save the day. Except until they get married; then we're back to tradition. This book had a lot of potential to break from traditional roles, to perhaps steer the story in a different direction instead of just plastering some zombies on the front. I'm fine with the fact that there was very little action going on in a zombie novel, as this was a Pride and Prejudice adaptation. But there could have been so much more.

If you're looking for a book that focuses on zombies, no need to read this one. They're just an ornament, but don't really add much to the overall story. If you're looking for a good Pride and Prejudice story…then don't read this either. Just read (or reread) the original. ( )
  jms001 | Jun 14, 2015 |
I am still really unsure how I feel about this book, but a 3-star rating seems fair.

Cool idea to add zombies to a classic, although I completely disagree with the intention of "transform[ing] a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read." I think to actually enjoy this book you have to have read the original. This is a good book for people who were forced to read Pride and Prejudice for school and feel some negative feelings toward it because of their lack of choice in reading. Or if you're like me and love Pride and Prejudice as well as zombies, this is a pretty good pick.

Overall, I liked the book. At first I was worried that the zombie aspect of the book mostly consisted of one-liners thrown in, but as I got going, completely new scenes would appear centering around the zombie plot. By the end, it seemed to revolve mostly around Austen's original work (again with a few zombie scenes).

For the most part Grahame-Smith did well matching Austen's tone (Let's face it, no one can perfectly compare with her classic writing style) and adding some witty, if gruesome, additions.

As far as zombie descriptions, they were pretty tame. Not too much gore. For the most part, the zombies didn't even seem like much of a threat, but merely background inconveniences.

For those who have read Pride and Prejudice, any reference to class is pretty much replaced by some zombie-related feature of a character (Miss Bingley disapproves of Jane's until-ladylike habit of smithing zombies). There were a few disconnects in this, which were confusing (Miss Bingley disapproves of zombie slaying vs. Lady Catherine disapproves of the Bennet sisters having studied in China rather than her beloved Japan, but thinks women slaying zombies is perfectly reasonable).There were also a few instances where the additions didn't mesh with the time period (besides the idea of women fighting zombies, it's suggested that it's okay if the sisters do not find suitors because they can just be bodyguards, whereas during the time they would be looked down upon for having to actually have a job). But overall, an interesting idea.

I'd liked to read the prequel and sequel in the series to get background on the conception of the world. It is an interesting feat to rework a classical novel, but this one made a good go of it. ( )
  CareBear36 | Mar 26, 2015 |
Amusing and silly. It could've been a four or five star book if the zombie theme had been better integrated into - rather than spliced with - the original story. One of those books I'm glad I finally read, but it satisfied my curiosity more than anything.

3 stars ( )
  flying_monkeys | Mar 10, 2015 |
is it wrong that i wanted more zombie action? ( )
  laurustina | Jan 14, 2015 |
I don’t know about this one, people. I think the basic idea is pretty grand actually, and in the beginning I think the mixing of blood-soaked zombie mayhem and match-making among English country gentry is working really well. The politeness and social code of Austens bits are seen as the façade it really is when contrasted with battle scenes – but there’s also the likeness of Lizzy’s strict warrior code and what’s proper for her as a young lady. However, soon Grahame-Smith sets out smudging other parts of Austen’s writing. We hear of girls carving their lover’s name into their belly, there’s lots of vomiting, soiling of pants and love affairs with polish blokes (?). Pretty quickly I get the feeling Grahame-Smith isn’t writing *with* Austen, but rather *against* her – “transforming a masterpiece of classical literature into something you’d actually want to read”, as the back blurb puts it. And then much of the fun goes away. The contrast between the worlds thins out. To me, this mash-up kind of reduces both parts into something less than they could have been on their own. ( )
  GingerbreadMan | Dec 1, 2014 |
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The success of any pastiche lies in its ability to capture the tone of that original, and in this Grahame-Smith has succeeded admirably.
 
P&P&Z has just too much Austen and not enough zombies. I found myself skimming, skipping larger and larger chunks of text to get to the zombie sequences, desperate to escape the claustrophobic drawing-room chatter of Austen's characters with a little beheading, disemboweling and derring-do.
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Grahame-Smith, Sethprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Austen, Janemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hockensmith, Stevesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kellgren, KatherineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.
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The mere stateliness of money or rank she could witness without trepidation, but the presence of a woman who had slain ninety dreadfuls with nothing more than a rain-soaked envelope was an intimidating prospect indeed.
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(From the back of the book) "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 edtion 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.

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