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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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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Truly awful. No understanding of the time period. A confused muddle of a plot.Published 21 hours ago by Tracey A. Kassman
Jane Austin has certainly gathered together a country setting full of eccentrics, to whom Seth Grahme-Smith has added the additional distraction of zombies. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cherryl Walker
I couldn't even get through half of this book. Great concept. Just didn't deliver.Published 6 days ago by Kelly
Exactly as prim and proper as you'd expect while dealing with the unruly undeadPublished 7 days ago by MeganM
Being a fan of the original this is just a fun read. You recognise the story and the people and just wait to see how the author has introduced the zombies in the story. Just funPublished 13 days ago by Marta Machin
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was an Audio book that I listened to on the way to work in the morning. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jack Murphy
Absolutely hilarious. I can't give 5 stars only because the romance between Elizabeth and Darcy seemed forced at times to fit the zombie subplot but still a great book. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Becca Goodsell
Great mashup of zombies and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It flows well. It doesn't get awkward. The movie is coming out soon, and its sure to be pretty awesome.Published 23 days ago by ladyvader