Book Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

5899779Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Author: Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith
Publisher: Quirk Classics
Pub Date: May 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Source: Purchased
Genre(s): Horror, Humour, Classics
Rating: ★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

“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 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 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.


My mini-review:

“Elizabeth lifted her skirt, disregarding modesty, and delivered a swift kick to the creature’s head.”

Well, this was definitely something different. I’m not sure if I enjoyed it less or more than the original but it was quite funny. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies did manage to get a few chuckles out of me.

Lizzy was as badass and smart as usual and Mr. Darcy was just as Mr. Darcy should be. I’m pleasantly surprised at how well the story flows. I honestly thought it would be choppy, and that the “modern twist” (aka the zombies and zombie-slaying) would be sloppily done, but not at all. The transitions are seamless.

With all that being said, it took me far too long to finish this book. I suppose I wasn’t fully invested (like I didn’t really care if they all died from zombie attacks or not) but that’s just how I am sometimes. I was hoping for a little more excitement.

I’m not sure how die-hard Pride and Prejudice fans would feel about this book but I’m sure you’ll get a few laughs out of it.

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