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

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In Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith has paired Austen’s sublime language with the visceral, flesh-eating menace of the "dreadfuls." England was never this lively. We get sword fights, romance, a zombie plague, and, as a bonus... ninjas!
Recommended by James, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton — and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers — and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.

Review:

"The concept behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies isn't exactly brain surgery...but it certainly juices up a staid literary classic....[T]here's something particularly hilarious about introducing the undead into an English novel of manners." New York Post

Review:

"[T]he greater achievement 
of the book may lie in the satisfying desire it awakens to read the remix and the original side by side. Indeed, you'll miss out if you do not, so smartly does young Mr. Grahame-Smith insert himself in the thicket of curlicued manners that is Miss Austen's real comic theme. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"There are some ideas that...you hear and immediately kick yourself for not coming up with them first....[M]ixing the mannered stories of Jane Austen with blood, violence, ninjas and zombies is one of them." revolutionsf.com

Review:

"...[A] high-concept parody." janeaustensworld.wordpress.com

About the Author

Seth Grahame-Smith once took a class in English literature. He lives in Los Angeles.

Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature.

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nrlymrtl, January 2, 2015 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
Let me start with being upfront about some things: 1) I’ve never been a Jane Austen fan. I find her works to be silly and inconsequential, full of upper society gossip where the women have very narrow and superficial concerns. 2) I have never been big on zombies. As a biologist, it is hard for me to suspend my disbelief when it comes to reanimating dead flesh (though if an author does it with magic, it is easier for me to ignore my skepticism). But over the past year, I have read and watched some zombie fiction so I have warmed up to the ‘ambivalent’ level (which is quite a bit higher than the cold-shouldered Hell no! level at which zombies previously resided in my world).

OK, now that I have that off my chest, let me say that Jane Austen’s work, zombies, and the warrior Bennet sisters all work beautifully together to create one very entertaining listen! The entire framework from the original Pride and Prejudice is there. There just happens to be zombies, Asian martial arts, and ball jokes thrown in. A few generations before the book opens, the zombies started appearing in England. More tend to pop up during the wet season, as the muddy earth makes it easier for them to come to light. Anyway, it is now very much in vogue for rich families to have their children (male or female) trained in Japan or China in a variety of martial arts. Every family who is worth the notice has at least three dojos in which to practice daily. So, all 5 Bennet sisters were trained in Japan and the family has since returned to England. All 5 are highly encouraged to find suitable marriages sooner rather than later. But with the Unmentionables (zombies) wandering the countryside, attacking carriages and livestock willy nilly, the Bennets are often distracted from their marital goals.

I really enjoyed that the author didn’t try to explain the source of the zombies, or even the mechanism that kept them going. For all practical purpose, with none of the Bennets being doctors or even scientists, it was not really relevant to their day to day lives. I quite enjoyed the numerous interactions with the zombies and the variety of ways they were dispatched. Some of the sisters prefer katanas to long bows to throwing daggers, etc. It was so very amusing to see these ladies dispatching the Undead and yet striving to remain ladylike.

The story line still has Mr. Darcy, who I take is suppose to be the irritable hearth throb of the original book. He too is a warrior and often appreciates the abilities of the Bennets, especially of Elizabeth. He has the opportunity to show off his zombie beheading prowess more than once. Also, he is usually present for the ball jokes. Yep, jokes concerning the ‘most English parts’ of the male physique. And these jokes are carried out in such a fashion to compliment Jane Austen’s work, often bringing me to a fit of giggles. I can only imagine that such jokes truly did take place during that time period.

This particular edition had a forward by the author in which he explains how the idea for the story came to him (via a friend). The author goes on to chat about the first reactions to the first edition of the book (people wanted more zombies!) so this is the new, improved edition with those extra zombies. It was a most excellent read and is probably the only way that anyone will ever get me to read Jane Austen as an adult. Hats off to the author!
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JessMama, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by JessMama)
A fun twist on an amazing story!
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Cheyenne, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Cheyenne)
I was positively surprised by this book. Who would have thought Elizabeth Bennett as a zombie slayer would make so much sense? Anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice should definitely give it a try.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594743344
Subtitle:
The Classic Regency Romance -- Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
Author:
Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
Author:
Grahame-Smith, Seth
Author:
Austen, Jane
Publisher:
Quirk Books
Subject:
Form - Parodies
Subject:
England
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
HUMOR / Parodies
Subject:
Parodies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Quirk Classics
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 9.99 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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In Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith has paired Austen’s sublime language with the visceral, flesh-eating menace of the "dreadfuls." England was never this lively. We get sword fights, romance, a zombie plague, and, as a bonus... ninjas!

"Review" by , "The concept behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies isn't exactly brain surgery...but it certainly juices up a staid literary classic....[T]here's something particularly hilarious about introducing the undead into an English novel of manners."
"Review" by , "[T]he greater achievement 
of the book may lie in the satisfying desire it awakens to read the remix and the original side by side. Indeed, you'll miss out if you do not, so smartly does young Mr. Grahame-Smith insert himself in the thicket of curlicued manners that is Miss Austen's real comic theme. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "There are some ideas that...you hear and immediately kick yourself for not coming up with them first....[M]ixing the mannered stories of Jane Austen with blood, violence, ninjas and zombies is one of them."
"Review" by , "...[A] high-concept parody."
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