[REVIEW]: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by by Seth Grahame-Smith & Seth Grahame-Smith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies #1) 
by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen, Philip Smiley (Illustrator)


Paperback319 pages |  Audiobook
Published May 1st 2009 by Quirk Classics 

“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.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic NovelPride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel 
by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen, Tony Lee (Adapter), Cliff Richards (Illustrator) 
Paperback176 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Del Rey

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER—NOW AN EYE-POPPING GRAPHIC NOVEL OF MANNERS, MORALS, AND BRAIN-EATING MAYHEM. It is known as “the strange plague,” and its unfortunate victims are referred to only as “unmentionables” or “dreadfuls.” All over England, the dead are rising again, and now even the daughters of Britain’s best families must devote their lives to mastering the deadly arts. Elizabeth Bennet is a fearsome warrior whose ability with a sword is matched only by her quick wit and even sharper tongue. But she faces her most formidable foe yet in the haughty, conceited, and somehow strangely attractive Mr. Darcy. As the two lovers meet in the ballroom and on the battlefield, they’ll soon learn that nothing—not even bands of ninjas, hordes of flesh-eating zombies, or disapproving aunts—can stop true love.

This novel was the February book of the month for this new San Jose, CA based book club I joined since relocating to the West Coast.  I checked out the novel, audio book and graphic novel!  Take that Goodreads reading challenge!!!  But I'm not going to lie...I only listened to the audio book and occasionally followed along with the graphic novel. Hahaha!  Similar to the original P&P there were long winded passages that just couldn't hold my attention.  Therefore I compensated with pictures and audio.  I absolutly loved the reading voice of the narrator!  Her Old English accent was very appropriate for the story line.  

“The business of Mr. Bennett's life was to keep his daughters alive. The business of Mrs. Bennett's was to get them married.”
― Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I became a huge fan of Seth Grahame-Smith after seeing what he did with  Abraham Lincoln  Vampire Hunter.  The creative liberties he took with merging this historical political figure and the walking dead was absolute genius.  So it's no surprise that I was the loudest voter of this novel at our January book club meeting voting session.  I was curious to see what he would do with this timeless romance.

“Elizabeth and Darcy merely looked at one another in awkward silence, until the latter reached both arms around her. She was frozen-"What does he mean to do?" she thought. But his intentions were respectable, for Darcy merely meant to retrieve his Brown Bess, which Elizabeth had affixed to her back during her walk. She remembered the lead ammunition in her pocket and offered it to him. "Your balls, Mr. Darcy?" He reached out and closed her hand around them, and offered, "They belong to you, Miss Bennet." Upon this, their colour changed, and they were forced to look away from one another, lest they laugh.” Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

While the author still delivered his gore and kick ass transformation of the historically reserved hero or in this case she-ro....I was a bit disappointed with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  The original plot remained the same which made it predictable.  The only creative liberties he took was in spicing up the dull parts .... which on second thought were beyond awesome!

“Elizabeth lifted her skirt, disregarding modesty, and delivered a swift kick to the creature's head.”
― Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

“Elizabeth sheathed her sword, knelt behind him, and strangled him to death with his own large bowel.”
― Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 
“Miss Bennet, I am quite aware of your superior talent for cutting down the Lord's forsaken flock. I merely mean to spare your gown.'
Thank you,' said Elizabeth, composing herself, 'but I should rather my gown be soiled than my honor.” ― Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

In the end I found this one a very quotable and enjoyable read.  It was slightly predictable because while you knew the story line that the author did not deviate too far from you didn't know when or where he would throw in the zombies, and when he did, the scenes did not disappoint.  That was the saving grace for me.  It made my loins quiver to see Elizabeth as the kickass shero she was always meant to be.

1 comment:

  1. I've been meaning to read this book for who knows how long now. I actually forgot all about it until the movie trailer came out. I like that it follows the original story. Before your review, I wasn't too sure what to expect.


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