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A book originally written by Jane Austen and adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith

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The one where Elizabeth Bennett makes a ninja her bitch....

  • Jun 19, 2009
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Um, wow.
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," originally written by Jane Austen and adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith, is in fact, a kick-ass novel. Really.

It takes a few chapters to get into the swing of Jane Austen's prose, but for all you high schoolers out there soon to be subjected to a semester of Mr. Darcy and the Bennett clan, I couldn't recommend a better read than this to get psyched for Brit Lit 101.  Of course, the original version does not include the flesh-eating undead, wandering the English landscape scraping brains out of skulls. However, I'm of the opinion that by adding the zombie plotline, one is true witness to the awesomeness that is the real Elizabeth Bennett. It's here we get to see her slay hoards of zombies, stand by in support as her dear friend literally falls to pieces with "the plague," strikes down multiple ninjas, and in the most prideful way, rips out a heart and takes a bite.

Suck on it, Jackie Chan!

For the purists out there that would be mortified at this gruesome adaptation, I can only hope that you'll remain quiet when your child picks up a copy, and simply take solace in the fact they are reading fine literature. You'll still get the gist of Austen's story - that pride and prejudice can wreak havoc on one's self and others, should you let it. And for graphic novel fans, it's got completely whacked out illustrations.

Pick it up today!

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review by . July 09, 2010
I tried my best to appreciate Jane Austen.  I was an English major in college, after all; it is practically a requirement for graduation.  I took a seminar, I read the cannon cover to cover, the only book I liked was Mansfield Park because of the underlying allusions to female slavery. My modern  ideals placed Elizabeth Bennet so far removed from myself that I could not fall in love with what has been called one of the best romance novels of all time.  It was just not happening, …
review by . June 25, 2010
Who Knew Zombies and Austen Could Be So Hilarious?
I have been an Austen fan since I was a youngster. Never, in all my wildest dreams, did I imagine that someone would someday mix the living dead with Austen's literature. As I read through this book, I was astounded by the level of humour buried within the original text that was enhanced by the modern insertions. I laughed out loud again and again.      I highly recommend this novel for Austen lovers or anyone who is looking for a good chuckle. Or for anyone who loves zombies …
review by . July 12, 2010
     I had never read Jane Austin.  My husband made me read Bronte (and how does a crazy guy in a moor rate a love story anyway/), but never the Lady Jane.  When I read the title Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I realized it was time to break down and see what the fuss was about.      It was suggested to me that I read both Pride and Prejudice and the Zombie version at the same time.  I decided to go with the original first and work my way over …
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
This is the closest I've came to reading Jane Austin so can't comment on the original story. However it does seem to lend itself to the inclusion of the unmentionable zombies very well. It's almost as if Jane Austin perceived that one day her book would be adapted and left the story open to zombies.
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
What ajoke. Simpley disgusting. Why would someone destroy a perfectly written classic?
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Not nearly as fun or well-written as I'd hoped. I love both the original book AND zombie pop culture, but this just doesn't do justice to either.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
If you haven't read the original, much of the humor of this book will not be the same! I'm not a zombie lover but I found this book quite entertaining.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
ok, not great - better than the old plain version!
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
Most people say 'take it lightly' or 'this is just for laughs' and tell you to read this book. The honest truth is though, it's shallow. The only depth or creativity in the book comes from rewriting Jane Austin. It's a pathetic attempt at comedy from one who is incapable of actually writing a whole novel.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
I love Jane Austen. And I thought this would be a fun read. But I just couldn't get into it. I'd recently reread Pride & Prejudice, and it just felt like I was reading it again, with zombie bits thrown in random places. Which is exactly what it was. It was a cute idea, but it didn't keep my attention for the length of the whole book, so I just gave up.
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