Musings & Meditations

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Posted in Books, Reading, Zombies by Pam Keesey on July 8, 2009

I’m a Jane Austen fan. Really. I think I’d read everything she’d written by the time I was 14. And let’s not forget the classic film adaptations, especially Pride and Prejudice (1940), starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier (still my personal favorite).

Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesWhen I heard that a revisionist Pride and Prejudice was on its way, one that includes zombies no less, I didn’t know what to think. I mean, I love zombies as much as the next person (in fact, probably quite a bit more than the next person), but Jane Austen? And Pride and Prejudice at that?

I had absolutely nothing to worry about. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an absolute delight. Seth Grahame-Smith has written a thrill-a-minute book of martial arts and zombie mayhem that is a loving tribute to the original novel. Grahame-Smith is true to Austen’s voice, and the delicious satire of her original novel is enhanced by Hong Kong style martial arts action and some kickass zombie decapitations.

And for those book group types among you, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies even includes an appendix of discussion questions to get your conversation rolling like oh, so many recently decapitated zombie noggins!

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