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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel Paperback – May 4, 2010
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About the Author
A writer for over twenty years in television, radio and magazines, for the last six Tony has worked extensively in comics, writing for such licenses as X-Men, Spider Man, Starship Troopers, Wallace & Gromit, Shrek and Doctor Who. His critically acclaimed graphic novel ‘Outlaw: The Legend Of Robin Hood’ has been announced as a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2009.
In addition, he has adapted books by a variety of bestselling authors including Anthony Horowitz and G.P Taylor and has continued both Oliver Twist and Dracula in graphic novel format. He lives in London.
Cliff Richards, a veteran artist best known for his five-year run on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics series, will illustrate the graphic novel. He has also worked on several projects for other comics publishers, including Birds of Prey, Huntress, and Wonder Woman for DC Comics, and Rogue, Excalibur, and New Thunderbolts for Marvel Comics.
Top Customer Reviews
You know the drill: the Bennett family is in an uproar when wealthy Mr. Bingley moves into the neighborhood, and Mrs. Bennett is especially happy when he takes a liking to the eldest Bennett daughter Jane. At the same time, Elizabeth matches wits with the haughty Mr. Darcy, rebuffs her toadyish cousin Mr. Collins, and befriends the hunky flirty Mr. Wickham (who claims to have been wronged by Wickham). Scandals, weddings and nasty old bats ensue.
However, this isn't exactly the Jane Austen story one would expect. England is overrun by a plague that turns people into shambling zombies. The Sisters Bennet are deadly Shaolin-trained warriors (Lizzle "has something more of the killer instinct than her sisters"), Lady Catherine is a feared zombie-slayer with an army of ninjas, balls are crashed by the undead, and Charlotte Lucas accepts Mr. Collins' proposal after she's infected by the zombie plague. I guess marriage to the professional toady isn't quite as bad as becoming a zombie.
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" was the start of the current ongoing fad for adding zombies, sea monsters, werewolves, vampires and other horror tropes to classic literature. It actually seems like a really cool idea for a graphic novel, but unfortunately the result is a hastily slapped-together cash-in -- and the biggest problem is the artwork.Read more ›
It's a fun story and idea, but I think it fell short in this version. Although I did enjoy much of the artwork, the scenes didn't seem to mesh properly and it was hard to keep up with. I'm pretty sure they just took some scenes from the book and said, "Okay, draw these." with no regard over whether or not they flowed.
Overall, the point of this was for amusement... and I was definitely amused.
So, with that on the table, let's talk about the graphic novel. The art in this book was very detailed, but there were some panels that looked almost like sketched drafts. I'm not sure if this is typical because I have just started to read graphic novels, but this bugged me a little bit. "Drafts" aside, the art illustrating the zombie fights is particularly impressive. The artist is able to illustrate the danger, urgency, and confusion of the moment very well and the gore is very realistic.
As for the story, I really enjoyed the integration of so many fun, unexpected elements into the original story, the ninjas being my personal favorite. I did however feel a bit lost at times due to the fact that I am not as familiar with the original story as I'd like to be. People are briefly introduced and plot twists are oftentimes glossed over very quickly, leaving the reader disconnected from the story and attempting to piece together what is going on based on context. There was also a bit of a lull in plot movement about 75% of the way through the story, but things pick back up relatively quickly.
Overall, this is a decent graphic novel which will be best enjoyed by fans of the original Pride and Prejudice and Zombies book or the traditional, zombie-free version of the story.Read more ›
It also suffers artwork-wise because
-the Bennet sisters suffer from sameface
-the characters only have 3 expressions
-the illustrations have little role other than showing who is talking
Story-wise, it suffers from
-too much verbal exposition
-certain characters being softened (notably Wickham and Darcy)
-being historically inaccurate
If you read Austen books and look for another parody, then read this book. However, I do not recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great way to get reluctant readers involved in the Classics. Also hilarious.Published 27 days ago by Drea
Found myself enjoying this version of the book more than anticipated. Quite lovely and entertaining. Am I the only one that wants to start coloring graphic novels in?Published 6 months ago by Cals
Selected for book club--not sure if it has been too long since I've read comics or not, but the graphic novel format simply wasn't for me.Published 18 months ago by T. Dibble
I ordered the wrong book, but this is beautiful! It's bigger and has colorful pages. It's easier than reading a long summary, so definitely recommended if you want a more detailed... Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Ms. A
This book is well illustrated! I bought it for a Christmas gift but considered keeping it for myself! If you enjoy zombies, you'll love this book!Published on January 3, 2013 by Jessica L. May
It wasn't bad, but it only really picks up during the zombie parts otherwise it is all talk and often times differs too little from the original text and other times too much! Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Ian
I sent this graphic novel to my husband when he was deployed, he loved it, he loves zombies, and I love Jane Austen, so we both love this!!Published on September 18, 2012 by chivo