Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance, Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance, Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

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By (author) Jane Austen, By (author) Seth Grahame-Smith

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  • Publisher: Quirk Books
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 206mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Philadelphia
  • ISBN 10: 1594743347
  • ISBN 13: 9781594743344
  • Sales rank: 997

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"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone crunching zombie action.

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JANE AUSTEN is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature. SETH GRAHAME-SMITH is the author of How to Survive a Horror Movie and The Big Book of Porn. He lives in Los Angeles.

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By Mark 19 Jan 2010 4

When I was at school my English teacher said, "We could read something by Jane Austen but it is all boring so we won't." and we read A clockwork Orange instead.

12 years later and someone has finally remedied the problem by introducing crazy zombie (and ninja!) action into the Austen classic. The stories spine is still the same, but now it has been grabbed and pulled out by the walking dead and the main characters are marsal artist heroes. The added kung fu/ninja/zombie action usually fits quite well into the story and you do start to worry that the zombie apocalypse will stop the menfolk returning from London.

By Mark Thwaite 13 May 2009 5

It's been a massive internet sensation. Indeed, you only need

to hear the title once to know that this book was made for the

online generation. Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride

and Prejudice and Zombies is the first book to take a

popular musical form (the mash-up, "a song or composition

created by blending two or more songs, usually by overlaying the

vocal track of one song seamlessly over the music track of

another") and apply its methodology to the novel. So, here we

have, as the subtitle explains, Austen's classic Regency

romance, but now with added ultraviolent zombie action. It is

bonkers, of course, but also quite, quite brilliant! And with a

film on the way (to be directed by Donnie Darko's

Richard Kelly) it is only likely to get ever-more

popular.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies starts by radically

altering Austen's famous opener: "It is a truth universally

acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in

want of more brains." It's a little clunky, for sure, but it

brilliantly sets the tone for the rest of the book. We have a

lot of Austen's own words here (more than 80 per cent of the text

is Austen's) and then Grahame-Smith shoves in the blood, the

bone-crunching and the gore (some of which, it has to be said,

is very gory indeed). Our heroes are still Elizabeth Bennett and

her beau Mr Darcy, but this time out they are all about the

cadavers rather than the courting!
The book is beautifully presented with disconcerting line

drawings of the zombie action in the style of CE Brook (Austen's

original illustrator). Whilst it is obviously just silly fun, Grahame-Smith's version of Austen's classic works so well because it taps into the caustic, biting wit that so many forget is Austen's best weapon. Even in the original, it is left unexplained why the militia is camped near Meryton. Perhaps they were protecting the town from something awful and unspeakably evil. Something undead that has now, at last, crawled from the subtext into the clear light of day!