Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I remember hearing quite a lot about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies when it came out last year, and quite frankly, I thought it sounded weird. It is portrayed as a  hybrid novel of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with Seth Grahame-Smith's addition of Zombies. I think I listened to a a few of Austen's novels on audiobook years ago and they have kind of all melded together in my brain, so I can't say 100% for sure how true the novel is to Austen's original Pride and Prejudice. Although it's safe to say that all parts pertaining to Zombies and Zombie slayings are all new additions!

Grahame-Smith and Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was interesting. I liked the style of writing-very Austen-and I am fairly sure that the characters of the Bennets, Bingsleys, Darcys, Mr. Wickham etc. are probably fairly true to Austen's original. The addition of Zombies and of those avowed to fight them-especially the aptly trained Bennet sisters added an element of excitement and action! Reading this book has made me want to read Austen's Pride and Prejudice to see precisely where the similarities lie.

An overview of the novel from the publisher's website: "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. 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. Complete with 10 wonderfully graphic illustrations, this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen’s classic novel to new legions of fans."

So would I recommend this book? YES!
Would I read it again? Possibly.

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