Bringing Up Books: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Set in early 19th century this story follows Elizabeth Bennet, the second oldest of 5 daughters as she and her sisters search for husbands. This love story, filled with misunderstandings, focuses on the manners, customs, social expectations and economic reliance’s of the time. Now, throw in zombies. The story remains involved with the social complications and values, yet adds the necessity of fighting against the undead. Grahame-Smith keeps a large amount of the original text and seems to basically just cut and swap out certain phrases to include the zombies and zombie attacks. On the back cover it notes “Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature. Seth Grahame-Smith once took a class in English literature.” The two genres are quite different and at times seem clunky. However, no matter how a zombie mash-up transfers with the Bennet Family, the story is fun to read and will bring many laughs. Between the humor found in the original Pride and Prejudice, with the banter and misunderstandings of all the characters, and the added zombie plague and fighting (complete with a ballroom dance/zombie fight), the story had me laughing the whole way. For anyone who enjoyed the original, adding zombies only makes the story tastier.

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