Book Review: “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

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

I mean, come on. That’s funny.

I know Austen purists probably turn up their nose at such an assault on a beloved novel. But I have to say, I enjoyed the pure entertainment of reading this twisted tale.

Basically, the story is the same. The authors are listed as Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. It reads exactly like the classic, but adds in the zombie story line in just the right places. I’m pretty sure Grahame-Smith was just bored one day, opened up Pride and Prejudice and began crossing out lines and adding in his own undead fiction.

For example, Charlotte Lucas only married Mr. Collins because she had recently been bitten by a zombie and wanted a husband who could be counted on to behead her. Of course, why else would she marry him?

Last fall, I caught wind of them making a movie based on the novel which is why I picked it up in the first place. I’m excited to see the movie and watch all the hilarity play itself out in front of me.

I recommend the novel especially to those who are familiar with the dialogue of the original. Knowing what was actually said and comparing it to the words of Grahame-Smith makes it all the more enjoyable.

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