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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I missed seeing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in theaters, so I decided that it gave me the perfect opportunity to read the book before the movie comes out on DVD on May 31. So I picked up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith at the bookstore and devoured it (pun intended) within a few days.


As someone who has loved Jane Austen for years, I found this adaption incredibly clever. I love different Austen adaptions (my favorite are Pemberley Digital's Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved of course) and this one is perfectly cheeky while still offering a compelling story.

I found the way that they handled the zombies to be delightful, with words like "the plague" and "unmentionables." The author clearly has a good grasp on Regency England and I found the small tweaks to the society (training in Asia, ninjas galore, etc.) to be incredibly well-done.

Mostly, I loved the characterizations in this novel. Jane Bennet is my favorite character and I loved that she was made even stronger than she perhaps is in the original novel. I adored the fierce and sometimes frightening Lizzie. But mostly, I finally found a Darcy that I truly love whose intentions seem more pure somehow, with zombies in the mix.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice...and a good laugh! Now I can't wait to see the film when I can buy it on May 31.

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