Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Author: Seth Grahame-Smith (and Jane Austen)
Rating: 4 / 5 Hearts
Amazon: USA | UK
If you’re familiar with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin – this spin on the classic by Seth Grahame-Smith, adds another dimension to the story by introducing zombies and martial arts. This type of approach which ‘capitalizes’ on previously written work as described by some Scholars is somewhat controversial. Even though some say, Grahame’s work is merely a commercial tactic others still thoroughly enjoyed his spin on the novel.The story remains very similar, with just the addition of a few more interesting twist such as the ‘gardens’ in Jane’s original novel have been replaced with Dojos and of course, zombies are introduced.
I’m a big fan of Jane Austen, and Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite novels by her. I also enjoy zombie fiction, and satire. I wasn’t sure if this would completely flop, or be a raring success for me. What a bizarre mash-up!
Those who have read Pride and Prejudice will find many of the phrases and wordings are identical, with new segments dealing with zombies and martial arts thrown in. I think that the original tone of the novels, as well as the characters have been captured well. It managed to amuse me greatly, although I can see why some people would hate it! Much of the dialogue and situations are outright farcical, yet delivered completely deadpan. The writers have committed fully to this universe, and the way that the most ridiculous conversations were delivered in such a no-nonsense sort of way was a little surreal at times, but I thought it added to the originality of the tale.
So it was ridiculous and in many parts outright stupid, but I found myself enjoying it thoroughly. I enjoyed the bizarre mix of Jane Austen’s original words mixed up with talk of zombies, beheadings, martial arts, vomit and disembowelment all wrapped up together. It’s four stars for me as I’m not a big fan of the more disgusting toilet humour and felt it would have been a better book without it, but overall it was a fun, original and unique read, but one I can thoroughly understand when others say they hated it.