Friday, May 15, 2009

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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

Finally! A book that combines two things that I love: romance and zombies!! I've never actually read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, but I've seen the movies and tv-series several times. My first thought in reading this book was that the poor author, Seth Grahame-Smith, had been dragged to see the movie (by a woman) and started imagining zombies eating and killing off characters to amuse himself. Just imagine a movie studio shooting Pride and Prejudice and Shawn of the Dead on the same movie set. The result? A hilarious, highly entertaining mishmash of angst, unrequited love, disembowelment and brain eating.

Elizabeth Bennet is the second of five daughters, living in Hertfordshire. For the past fifty-five years, and strange plague has swept through England, causing the dead to rise again and feast on the brains of the living. When his daughters were young, Mr. Bennet had sent his daughters to China to study the deadly arts under Master Liu in order to protect the citizens of Hertfordshire from the "manky dreadfuls." Zombies don't stand a chance when any one of the Bennet sisters are around. Their mother, on the other hand, doesn't care for her daughters' fighting skills, and her main goal in life is to have them all married off to rich men.

I would love to see this book made into a movie. Keira Knightly would be perfect in this, reprising her role as Elizabeth Bennet, with some kick ass moves that she learned in The Pirates of the Carribean. This would be SOOOO much more enjoyable that sitting through Speed Racer again! Hollywood, are you listening??

P.S. Hollywood is, indeed listening! I found this article about Elton John's Rocket Picture's upcoming feature, Pride and Predator! Ooh... I can't wait to watch Lizzy Bennet kick some butt!

Publisher: Quirk Books (April 4, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1594743344
MSRP: $12.95
Available though Amazon.

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