July 20, 2009

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

This book was different, I will give you that. Seth Grahame-Smith takes Austen's classic Regency novel and adds an extra element to the story. While Elizabeth Bennet and the incorrigible Mr. Darcy are turning circles around one another, alternating between hatred and passion, zombies are trying to infiltrate homes and lunch upon brains, brains, brains! The Bennet girls are all of them masters of all manner of zombie killing skills, trained in a real dojo. This explains Elizabeth Bennet's liberal manner. So much of the original text is included. This is the first time I have been able to read all the way through the book, and I have tried before. I love all of the Jane Austen films, but I have found the reading to be dry. It can be difficult for a reader to adjust to some of the old-fashioned style of writing. The zombies add a much needed zap of humor to the mix. For example, when Darcy and Elizabeth finally fight zombies together, they laugh together because they catch the zombies eating cauliflower, mistaking it for brains. The zombie episodes add just a dash of interest. So this is a great way to get teens or horror lovers to read a much beloved classic.

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