Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Thoughts On Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I can't tell you how many times I walked past this book in Barnes and Nobles with a shake of my head. I never had any intention of picking up this warped adaptation of a literary classic. At least that was what I thought. Then my sister Danielle (who I've well established is very wise) downloaded the audio book. It only took me 3 days to get through it, and I was amazed how much I liked it!
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."
The great thing about the book is that it stays true to the original story. In fact much of the book remains unchanged. It's almost ridiculous how reasonable it seems for there to be zombies jumping carriages and attacking random people.
After a horrible plague of the living dead strikes Meryton, England the inhabitants find themselves in a chaotic world of death and disease. Thanks to the forethought of Mr. Bennet his daughters have all become masters in the 'deadly arts' after training in China. They are some of the few people (and even fewer women) who have learned to defend themselves and others against the rising threat of zombies. However, life must go on, and they do not let the constant attacks stop them from having their balls and dinners. So we once again get to watch as Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth meet, fight (quite literally), and fall in love.
One of the greatest aspects of this version of Pride and Prejudice is the warrior mindset of the people. It's quite common to reprimand an unruly servant with a savage beating, and protecting ones honor could easily require striking the head off of an offensive person. The Bennet sisters are all in possession of deadly skills, although none more so than Elizabeth. Mr. Darcy himself is a famously trained zombie hunter, although his decorum prevents you from seeing much evidence of this. Instead of it being the practice for young girls to be raised/trained by governesses, the new fashion is to use ninjas. "No ninjas! How was that possible? Five daughters brought up at home without any ninjas! I never heard of such a thing. Your mother must have been quite a slave to your safety."
For those of you who haven't yet read this enticing new spin on an old classic here are a few teasers. One of Elizabeth's least favorite people is an incredible famous zombie hunter who's skill has no match. There's even an amazing scene where they battle it out with ninja like grace. And sadly, someone very close to Lizzy gets infected with the dreadful disease. If you're an Austin fan, or a zombie fan I think it's safe to say that this is a good bet for you. :)

There's also a prequel Dawn of the Dreadfuls
a sequel Dreadfully Ever After


  1. Actually sounds kinda interesting. You need to hop over and check out my Pride and Prejudice inspired decor.

  2. It is really interesting. You should check it out. Thanks for stopping by my little blog!

  3. Thanks a lot Candice! Glad to see you're enjoying my blog!



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