Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
By Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Published in: 2009
Times read: First time
Brought in: 2009
Time taken to read: About 13 days
Ok so we generally all know the story of Pride And Prejudice, perhaps one of the most well-known and well-read of novels from this era. Or so I am presuming, since I haven’t actually done any sort of study to back up this claim. Now this story comes with the hip new edge for today’s readers, playing on their love for all things strange and paranormal and basically screwed up: it now comes with zombies.
Huzzuh! Or so I had claimed. Pride and Prejudice, sure it was a classic. But what could make any dull classic even better? Zombies, of course.
Oh how wrong I was. Here’s the basic storyline: England is overrun with zombies, the result of some sort of plague. Nobody can cure it, nobody really knows how to stop it other than beheading and flaming the damn things, and it’s not really made clear how or why it started (though there is now a ‘prequal’ book written which is supposed to explain all this). However, this is pretty much the only difference between this book and the original. The story is still the same, there is still the Bennett sisters trying to get married, there is still a Mr. Darcy who starts off being annoying but becomes the dashing hero of the book… but there’s just a couple of the undead thrown in at random points to make this book a little bit different, a bit weirder, and a bit more annoying to read.
I have to say I am rather disappointed by this book. I had really, really been looking forward to reading it ever since I first saw it on bookshelves last year. I eagerly brought a copy, but held off on reading it because there was a slew of ‘lesser’ books I needed to make my way through beforehand (most of which ended up being fantastic books. Go figure). But when I finally cracked open my copy of this book… well disappointment hit.
Sure, I probably shouldn’t have started it so soon after finishing Jane Eyre, a book that was rather similar to Pride and Prejudice, but here I thought that I would be all used to the language and able to enjoy this book better. Nope. Oh so wrong. It was just… well… Why was it written exactly?
Pride and prejudice and zombies rating: I will be generous and give it 5/10 here. It didn’t make me laugh at all, it was hard to get through, and most of the time I was left scratching my head. I read it, but I didn’t enjoy it. Though strangely, I did find myself towards the end, hoping that Mr Darcy and Elizabeth would end up together (yes, i knew they would all along, I have seen the millions of rip-off movies, I know the story quite well. But still, I was hoping for it!).
Would I re-read it? Probably not. Like I said, I didn’t really enjoy it. Now that i’ve read it, i am glad that i have because it is one less book on my to-read shelf, and it was quite the experience. But re-reading it? Probably not. Then again, I said the same thing about the Barry Trotter books (harry potter paraodies) and I’ve probably read them about 5 times through. So who knows, it’s one of those novetly books that probably gets funnier the more times you read it.
Who would I recommend it to? Erm…. well I don’t really know. My friend’s boyfriend read it last year while they were in Europe and said it wasn’t that good, but I think that by him reading such a book, it says that it can be aimed at both the sexes, where as the traditional pride and prejudice was very much a romance aimed at women. So perhaps now, with the addition of zombies, and written from a guy’s point of view, it is a more universal book? Hm, perhaps there was reason behind this then? Well, I shall leave you to muse this over. If you feel compelled to read this book, here are the usual links:
Oh, and apparently, they are making a movie out of this version. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1374989/ See? How true it is, I don’t know. What I do know is that a movie version of this would be pretty amusing to watch. Hm, we will have to wait and see about this one. But on the subject of the book, if you happen to like paranormal/supernatural fiction, a twist on traditional stories, or basically are just curious and want to see what the hype is about, please do check out this book.