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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! [Paperback]

Jane Austen , Seth Grahame-Smith
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Editorial Reviews

From Bookmarks Magazine

It’s difficult to tell if critics’ reactions to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies should be characterized as praise or astonishment. Some reviewers treated the book as a delightful gimmick. Others found that, beneath the surface, the book actually constituted an interesting way of looking at Austen’s novel. Zombies answer certain puzzling questions: Why were those troops stationed near Hertfordshire? Why did Charlotte Lucas actually marry Mr. Collins? (She had recently been bitten by zombies and wanted a husband who could be counted on to behead her—of course!) But critics also pointed out that this parody shows that Austen’s novel has remained so powerful over time that even the undead can’t spoil it.
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From Booklist

This may be the most wacky by-product of the busy Jane Austen fan-fiction industry—at least among the spin-offs and pastiches that have made it into print. In what’s described as an “expanded edition” of Pride and Prejudice, 85 percent of the original text has been preserved but fused with  “ultraviolent zombie mayhem.” For more than 50 years, we learn, England has been overrun by zombies, prompting people like the Bennets to send their daughters away to China for training in the art of deadly combat, and prompting others, like Lady Catherine de Bourgh, to employ armies of ninjas. Added to the familiar plot turns that bring Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy together is the fact that both are highly skilled killers, gleefully slaying zombies on the way to their happy ending. Is nothing sacred? Well, no, and mash-ups using literary classics that are freely available on the Web may become a whole new genre. What’s next? Wuthering Heights and Werewolves? --Mary Ellen Quinn

Review

"A delectable literary mash-up might we hope for a sequel? Grade A-." —Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly

"Jane Austen isn't for everyone. Neither are zombies. But combine the two and the only question is, Why didn't anyone think of this before? The judicious addition of flesh-eating undead to this otherwise faithful reworking is just what Austen's gem needed." —Wired

"Has there ever been a work of literature that couldn't be improved by adding zombies?" —Lev Grossman, Time

"Such is the accomplishment of Pride And Prejudice And Zombies that after reveling in its timeless intrigue, it's difficult to remember how Austen's novel got along without the undead. What begins as a gimmick ends with renewed appreciation of the indomitable appeal of Austen's language, characters, and situations. Grade A." —The Onion A.V. Club --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

“A delectable literary mash-up…might we hope for a sequel? Grade A-.”

—Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly


“Jane Austen isn't for everyone. Neither are zombies. But combine the two and the only question is, Why didn't anyone think of this before? The judicious addition of flesh-eating undead to this otherwise faithful reworking is just what Austen's gem needed.”

--Wired


“Has there ever been a work of literature that couldn't be improved by adding zombies?”

--Lev Grossman, Time


“Such is the accomplishment of Pride And Prejudice And Zombies that after reveling in its timeless intrigue, it’s difficult to remember how Austen’s novel got along without the undead. What begins as a gimmick ends with renewed appreciation of the indomitable appeal of Austen’s language, characters, and situations. Grade A.”

--The Onion A.V. Club

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature. Seth Grahame-Smith once took a class in English literature. He lives in Los Angeles.

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From the Afterword by Dr. Allen Grove, Professor of English, Alfred University:

“Why would anyone add gratuitous scenes of violence, carnage, and cannibalism to one of the greatest novels of Western civilization? Somewhere in the nave of Winchester Cathedral, we imagine that Austen’s corpse, though presumably dead, must be rolling.”

“Provincial English readers understood that their world of genteel gallantry and tea parties was under threat by sweeping social changes and violent revolutionary forces.”

“Gothic authors frequently reworked existing novels with new and sensational supernatural machinery. And although zombies have been popular only in recent decades, their presence in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies makes explicit what Austen constantly implies: Elizabeth Bennet’s world of aristocratic gentility was under attack not just by fortune hunters like Wickham and fortune abusers like Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but also by larger and sometimes more violent and terrifying social and political forces.”
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

From the Foreword by Seth Grahame-Smith:

“Jason Rekulak was the only editor I’d ever worked with. So when I heard him say, ‘Hey Seth, it’s Jason,’ I knew something was up at once. This was the voice of a man possessed, a man struck by a lightning bolt of inspiration. That or he’d suddenly developed a raging OxyContin habit. ‘OK. . . . I just need you to listen,’ he began. Just listen, and tell me if I’m crazy. All I have is a title. It’s just a title—but I can’t stop thinking about it. Just promise me you’ll wait a minute before you say anything, OK?’ I promised. The next words out of his mouth were Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
 
“It’s worth noting that Jason Rekulak and I have yet to meet in person (ah, the Digital Age). When we finally do, I’ll shake his hand and thank him for that phone call. For his lightning bolt of inspiration. For the five words that changed my life. And then I’ll eat his brains.”

“After rereading the original, I re-reread it, making notes in the margins, jotting down ideas, and working out the logistics of weaving a zombie uprising into one of the most celebrated novels in the English language.”

“Eight months later, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was an international best seller, and we all looked like geniuses. Best of all, the book was (mostly) well received. If there was any consistent criticism, it boiled down to ‘We want more zombies!’With this new edition, that’s exactly what you get. I’ve gone back and added new words, lines, paragraphs, and all-new scenes of ultraviolent mayhem throughout. There are also some incredible new paintings by Roberto Parada. Throw in a faux-leather binding and a new cover by Quirk’s Doogie Horner, and you’ve got yourself one helluva collector’s item or, at the very least, something with enough heft to be used as a weapon in the event of a zombie uprising.”
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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