Friday Fiction #4

This week Jade explores a classic with a zombie twist…

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

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Did you think Pride and Prejudice was just a 19th century tale of morality, class and  manners; lacking any supernatural element? Well, in normal circumstances you would be right, however this particular version is somewhat different to the original.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the first offering in a series of monster mash-ups that includes Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Android Karina and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the last by the same author (Seth Grahame-Smith not Jane Austen, obviously…) and just as quirkily enjoyable as this Austen mashup.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is almost exactly what it says on the tin, it is the text of Pride and Prejudice twisted and carefully written to incorporate a zombie plotline. It celebrates rather than mocks the original creating a fun, unusual homage in an enjoyably unique way. The title offers a new way of experiencing literature, a breath of fresh (or perhaps not so fresh) air, presenting a classic from a new and unexpected perspective.

Both the classic stiff upper lip and blood drenched gore fit remarkably well side by side as Grahame-Smith updates the original text with well-placed sections that change entire scenes into something a bit more gruesome.

Central to the plot (as they sort of are in the original text); the violent vengeance seeking Elizabeth Bennett and zombie killer extraordinaire Mr. Darcy. Both characters moodily step around each other and various other obstacles throughout the story.

Also, there are ninjas. I am sure you’ll agree it is hard to resist a tale featuring both zombies and ninjas!

“No ninjas! How was that possible? Five daughters brought up at home without any ninjas! I never heard of such a thing. Your mother must have been quite a slave to your safety.”

You don’t need to have read the original to enjoy this adaptation, but it helps you spot the in jokes and cross references. With a film set to be released in 2016 and both a prequel and a sequel to this book, it is clear many people hunger for a  literary classic with a touch of zombie splatter-fest.

If you like classic literature as well as horror films, this book is most certainly for you. It’s silly, it’s fun and it’s full of gore.

Jade Hunter
Library& Digital Assistant 

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Publisher’s blurb:

“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.

Source: http://www.quirkbooks.com/book/pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies, 04 June 2015

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