Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

At first, I was thrilled when I picked up a copy of this book. With a title like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

Unfortunately, the book’s main gimmick, the addition of zombies to Jane Austin’s original words, wore off rather quickly, and once the novelty of the situation was gone, this story didn’t have a leg to stand on, much like some of the zombies. Even the degeneration of Charlotte didn’t add new life to this particular approach. Many have stated it was meant to represent how the ill-fit of the marriage gradually destroyed what was Charlotte, but she was already turning into a creature when she decided to marry Mr. Collins in the first place. Not only that, Seth Grahme-Smith decided Wickam wasn’t nearly despicable enough to earn our censure in the original novel, so he took his bastardization up to the nth degree with the ultimate effect of him trying far too hard to make the character even more unlikeable than he already was.

There were a few worthwhile additions that made me give it two stars instead of one. Most notably, Elizabeth kicking Darcy into a mantlepiece. Other than that, the book was gimmicky, managed to make zombies unnoteworthy, and every so often made poor attempts at humor with ball and fingering jokes that would only appeal to twelve year old boys. Unless you’re really into zombies or new renditions of Jane Austin (which this mostly fails at as the text is almost primarily in Jane Austin’s own words), give this one a pass.

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