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

August 25, 2014 Audio Books, Classics, Zombies 23

Salutations Bookworms,

Some things just go together. Coffee and cream. Peanut butter and chocolate. Spaghetti and meatballs. Jane Austen and undead creatures. Yep, I recently enjoyed the audio book version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It’s an odd little mash-up of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice and Seth Grahame-Smith’s vision of how Austen’s England would have responded to a zombie apocalypse.

ppzThe version I listened to (wahooooo library!) was the second release of the book. It included EXTRA “ultra-violent zombie mayhem.” Alright, alright. You know Pride and Prejudice. Now that zombies are introduced into genteel society, young ladies’ expected accomplishments go beyond the rigors of embroidery and fancy fingerwork on the pianoforteIt’s now fashionable to have your daughters trained in martial arts so that they can easily decapitate a few manky dreadfuls before tea. Nothing mucks up a nice country ball like an attack of the undead.

The five Miss Bennets have been re-imagined as badass ninjas. In addition to negotiating the niceties of society, they now have to make sure they aren’t eaten alive or stricken with the mysterious ailment that will turn them into flesh-eating monstrosities. Oh yes. And Mr. Darcy keeps making dirty jokes about balls. (We clearly share the same sense of humor.)

Now, there are many out there who are probably outraged at the idea of a beloved classic getting such an irreverent treatment. It didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the original. In fact, I found it cheeky and fun. It was especially amusing to listen to gory zombie scenes read by the most proper of English accents. I happen to think that Ms. Austen would find this version of her novel innovative if nothing else. If you like Jane Austen, zombies, and a heavy dose of ridiculousness, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the book for you.

Tell me something, Bookworms. How do you feel about this sort of classic re-imagining? Yay or nay?

23 Responses to “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith”

  1. AMB

    I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it! I haven’t read it, but I’m interested. I’m on the fence about retellings, which often seem more like rip-offs than homages to the original work, but I like it when a derivative novel adds something truly new and valuable to a classic story. So, zombies at Longbourn might work for me!

      • AMB (Koiviolet)

        It’s interesting to hear that it uses so much of the source material. I’m glad that Seth Grahame-Smith actually shared the byline with Jane then. Many authors of derivative works don’t (one example is Margot Livesey’s The Flight of Gemma Hardy, which didn’t even list Charlotte Bronte by name in the acknowledgements… all she said was, “My main literary debt is obvious.”).

  2. Megan M.

    Haha! I remember when this book first came into circulation at the library (I was working there at the time.) I was like “What the…” and thought it was completely ridiculous. Then I started reading the first page and was like, “No, wait, this is fantastic!” I haven’t read the whole thing but I can appreciate the creativity.

  3. Rhian

    I’m neither for or against re-imaginings in general, but what I want from such a treatment is for the author to add something new or different to the story. So I’m really enjoying Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, but didn’t really like Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest.

    I started reading this, and while I didn’t dislike it, I put it down and haven’t yet picked it up.

  4. Tiffany @ Avid Reader

    I am a huge fan of reimaginations of classics, although I haven’t read this particular one, as long as they are done in good fun. I am not a fan if they are serious and change things in books I love. But I am all about the good fun!

    • Words For Worms

      Most things remain pretty true to P&P. I mean, there are obviously some liberties, but the big stuff all still happens. There are just zombies involved.

  5. ThatAshGirl

    I got such a good giggle out of this because there were some scenes that were RIGHT out of the original, right down to the dialogue and then instead of breaking into dance…..ZOMBIES. I thought it was fun. I also enjoyed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

  6. Cindy

    I read it about a year or two ago. I was surprised that I liked it but I don’t remember much about it except the scene where Elizabeth walks to Netherfield when Jane is sick and is fighting off zombies. I may have to listen to it as an audiobook just because. Now I’m off to my library’s websiter to see if they have it available.

  7. Sarah Says Read

    AUDIO. You’re a genius. I was excited when these books came out but I never finished it, which kind of bummed me out, but I bet it would be SO fun on audio!

  8. Katie @ Doing Dewey

    Oh yeah, I’m glad to hear you liked this! I’ve heard that some of the books in this series feel as though the monster element was just tagged on, but I think I’ve mostly heard good things about this one, so I might give it a try 🙂

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