Book Review : Pride and Prejudice … and Zombies

792 Words4 Pages
Everyone knows about the classic Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice which was first published in 1813. You may remember the Bennet family and the parents desperately trying to have their five daughters married despite their social rank because they want them to be well-married of course. You might have watched the film adaptations : the movie with Keira Knithley or the Bollywood version called Bride and Prejudice. And as far as books are concerned there are famous contemporary adaptations like the Bridget Jones diary. A new version has been released in April 2009 : Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It is basically the same story but with added zombies scenes. The Bennet sisters are still struggling to get married but they also have to fight this flesh-eating zombies, the undead, the unmentionables, as the characters called them in the book, that terrorize England. As the story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English town of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! But Mr. Bennet guides his daughters in martial arts. He molds them into a zombie-fighting army. 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 who is also a zombie killer. Th¬e romantic aspect of the story is still the same, but the zombies add action to the classic. More than a parody it is kind of a literary mash-up, mixing 2 bestselling genres : the Jane Austen’s classic and the zombie novel. It is still 80 percent pure Jane Austen. Seth Grahame smith, the author of this new version, has just added a few episodes and sentences. For instance you can see that from the very first sentence of the novel. Seth Graham-smith has taken the famous opening line of the classic which is “ It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good
Open Document