Take a moment to picture a beautiful English countryside. Rolling hills, green grass, beautiful pathways that weave in and out of elegant tea gardens, zombies blindly stumbling around for fresh brains…wait, what?
And so begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a fun and engaging mash up of Jane Austen’s beloved novel and scenes of “bone-crunching zombie mayhem.” Feisty literary heroine Elizabeth Bennet is transformed into a sword-swinging, zombie-killing machine. She is determined to wipe out the “unmentionables”, as the zombies are called, and restore England to its proper composure.
Fans of the original text need not fear. Much of the original story remains the same. Mr. Darcy is still as arrogant and haunting as he ever was, Mr. Collins and Charlotte still engage in an infuriating practical romance, and Mrs. Bennet is still as determined as ever to marry off her daughters…if only to protect them from “the spawn of Satan.”
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is one of several literary classics that have been infected with mythical beings. Austen’s Sense and Sensibility also got a bite of the fantastical and was turned into Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, which I actually preferred to Zombies. While I have enjoyed many of these literary mash ups I’ve read, I found Zombies to be a bit slow, much like the original text. I’ve tried many times to get into Pride and Prejudice, but find my mind wandering by the second chapter. Zombies helped me focus on the story a bit more (it made it more exciting anyway), but I still found the pace moving, well, zombie-like.
Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms an intimidating classic story into something actually worth reading. Don’t wanna jump into the book? Zombies is expected to hit theatres by 2013. Here’s hoping Sarah Michelle Geller hasn’t retired her Buffy costume yet…
NEXT WEEK: Are you offended by the following behavior?
(a) Instructing one’s grandmother to place baked goods in her rectal cavity.
(b) Stripping naked in public—eleven times in a row.
(c) Stabbing one’s boss in the head with a writing implement.
If not, you’re gonna love next week’s book.
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