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

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— BLURB —

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

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses.

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— MY REVIEW —

Before I get onto my review, I just want to point out that there were mixed reviews over this book. Some loved it. Some purely hated it.. like serious Jane Austen/ Pride and Prejudice fans were outraged that the classic novel was turned into a humorous tale with zombie attacks.

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Well all I can say is, I loved Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (it’s actually the only book I’ve read of hers) and I didn’t have any negative thoughts when I first heard about this book. I was actually curious to read it. Then I heard the movie was coming out.

Although I intentionally wanted to read this book before watching the movie. I ended up leaving it a little too late (it’s not screening anymore) but I’m glad I still read it. It seriously got me out of a mini reading slump. I was jumping from book to book until I started reading this one… and finished it! YAY!

It’s seriously Pride and Prejudice with a cool, funny twist to it. I liked how originals lines from the story were altered to fit with the zombie storyline. There’s random one-liners that could be interpreted differently (dirty-minded) that you may find funny, I know I did.

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The pace of the book is pretty good. I didn’t find it slow or dragging which is usually the first thing that turns me off a book. But I think it also helped that I knew what scenes were coming next since I’ve read the original Pride and Prejudice. It’s the funny comments here and there that take ya by surprise.

If you’re open minded about Jane Austen’s work being altered to be a light-hearted, fun read, then I would say you would like this version. I won’t completely recommend it to Jane Austen fans coz of the mixed reviews, but check it out. You never know, you may end up liking it – like me. 😊

[Sidenote]: Oh, in case you’re interested, this paperback edition has black and white illustrations included throughout the book as well as coloured photos of scenes from the movie.

RATING: ♥♥♥½


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Hope you liked my review. Happy reading and catch you in my next one! Xo

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