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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies [Kindle Edition]

Jane Austen , Seth Grahame-Smith
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (769 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
 
So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.


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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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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 5524 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1594743347
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HW7E6U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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768 of 821 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars P&P Fan, LOVE This March 27, 2009
By Beth
Format:Paperback
The literary community should never be too proud to laugh at itself. I own three copies of the original "Pride & Prejudice" plus all the movies, so my husband and I bought this the moment we spotted it on the shelf (and laughed all the way to the register).

Fans need to read this book tongue-in-cheek and prepare to laugh WITH it. If you don't like zombies or consider yourself a Jane Austen purist, if you admire only the most intricate writing and consider this sort of work irreverent, then you'll be appalled more than amused. The level of writing IS degenerated from the original but, considering the subject matter, I don't think "quality" was the forethought of the day. "Brains" is more like it.

On a literary note, the juxtaposition of familiar classic and farcical horror makes for harmless, laugh-out-loud comedy. I applaud this idea and hope the "Quirk Classics" line hammers out more spoofs on stories I love.

The only thing I find annoying is the last line of the blurb: "transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read." I'm perfectly capable of enjoying BOTH, thankyouverymuch.
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639 of 721 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok, so I'm not the biggest Jane Austen fan, but... March 28, 2009
Format:Paperback
... but...
1) It is an excellent mashup
2) It has freaking Zombies... I mean 'unmentionables'
3) I started reading it in the local store this afternoon and have wasted most of the afternoon reading it.
4) Did I mention the Zombies?

If you like 'Good Omens' you'll like this.
If you like 'Shaun of the Dead' you'll like this.
If you're literate you'll like this.
If you're a zombie you probably won't
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139 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, The Unexpurgated Version April 20, 2009
Format:Paperback
I was an English major in college when I encountered Pride and Prejudice for the first time. I loved it--after a semester of Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, it was nice to be reading a romance novel for a change.

But in the end I was unsatisfied. There were so many questions left unanswered: What could conceivably induce Chrlotte Lucas to marry the intolerable Mr. Collins? What were those soldiers even doing in that part of England when, at the time Austen was writing the book, she would have supposed them in Brussels, fighting Napoleon? How could Mr. Bingley's balls exact such excitement from an entire community? Now I have the answer: (Spoiler Alert) Zombies.

With the addition of Zombies, everything in Pride and Prejudice falls into place. Miss Lucas's marriage, Lady Catharine's widely held respect, even Elizabeth's remarkable self control and discipline makes more sense now that I know of her training in the orient.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies shows that occasionally due an excessive concern for popular sentiment or commerical appeal, an editor may be a trifle too liberal with the red pen. When I think of the generations who have been deprived of this edition, my only comfort is knowing that, with Miss Austen listed as primary author, librarians will now be shelving Pride and Prejudice and Zombies alongside the original redacted version.

Now that the Zombie barrier has been breached, I look forward to reading Of Mice and Men and Zombies, Being and Nothingness and Zombies, Crime and Punishment and Zombies, and War and Peace and Zombies, which, with the reinsertion of the Zombie scenes, will finally be a substantial read.
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78 of 90 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The concept was great - I thought - a kind of Buffy the VAmpire Slayer done with Elizabeth Bennett and all the smart and sassy conversation of Jane Austen in her wonderful outing, Pride and Prejudice. But it just didn't hit the mark.

The attempt to splice the two ideas together left me cold - it didn't blend together easily or nicely - and boy I wish it had - it would have been a pretty hilarious book if it had. Elizabeth Bennett would make a great 'unmentionable' slayer. She has the confidence, humour and sass to pull that off. But the book is brought down, in my opinion, by straying to far from the text and forgetting who the characters are and what they represent in the story. Mr Bennett as a trainer of his 5 girls in the pentacle of death just doesn't ring true. He really takes no interest in his children at all - let alone the training of them - and Lady Catherine de Bourgh as the trainer with Ninjas. Sorry. I know they were supposed to be ironic touches, but the writing of Jane Austen and Seth diverged too greatly to allow a continuity of theme between the two.

So - I don't begrudge anyone finding this funny. I don't know that Janeites would enjoy this - but I am looking forward too - and ever hopeful that some clever person in the future will achieve this novel - as it would be a real hoot.
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173 of 206 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Promising concept, pedestrian delivery... April 23, 2009
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
How can you not want to read a book with this title? I've enjoyed Jane Austen, though I'm not one of her devotees, and I like zombies when they're handled well, though they've always fared better in films than in print. So such a mashup seemed promising. Unfortunately PPZ doesn't deliver. For a parody to work, the parody really has to read like the original, and the author's prose can't touch Austen's effortless, elegant, and, most of all, witty style. (Admittedly, there's a lot of actual Austen here, but it's always pretty obvious when the 21st century collaborator's voice enters.) And the depth of character that makes Austen such a great read is seriously damaged here. The first warning sign comes when Elizabeth seriously intends to cut Darcy's throat for insulting her, something which Austen's Elizabeth, zombie-killer or not, would never have considered. The zombie attacks are predictable and frequent, the interior illustrations are amateurish (though I suppose one shouldn't complain, since one never expects them), the new dialogue is bland rather than charming, and it's really a one-joke book. If your expectations are low, you may enjoy this, but personally I couldn't finish it, as all I found was more of the same as I went on. And for those of you who will chivvy me because of that, as you've done to other negative reviewers, let me just say that after I eat a bite, I don't have to finish the entire fish to know it's bad. I'll add a star for the delightfully grim cover -- if only the book itself delivered a fraction of its impact.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I am pretty open minded
I am pretty open minded, but I couldn't make it through this one. Generally, I read every book I can get my hands on, especially when it's a quick read for a plane ride, but this... Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Carmen Honacker
3.0 out of 5 stars The Bennet sisters are ready for action
In this spoof of the original book (Pride and Prejudice) Elizabeth, Mary, and the other Bennet sisters slaughter zombies as they go about their daily lives practicing in their... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by B. Saffer
2.0 out of 5 stars Great promise, but failed to deliver.
I love P and P and I love zombies, so this started out as a promising premise. However, it was a hodge-podge of Pride and Prejudice text interspersed with zombie moments. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jennellie
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful relation to Jane Austen classic
Having just re-read the classic version, I have to say this book is annoying. So zombies are totally not real, but this book just adds it here or there with very little action or... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Snwseoul
5.0 out of 5 stars READ IT!
Strange and funny as hell. It reminds me of one of those movies where you really have to pay attention to not miss a thing. Brilliant writing. I have recommended it often.
Published 17 days ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine holiday fun
This book is so fun. It's so cheesy. It was nice because I got to revisit the story, which I haven't read in a handful of years, but this time there were zombie battles and... Read more
Published 20 days ago by moo shoo
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and quirky
the book is well written and quite funny. made me go back and read the original. i love the style and would recommend it to friends.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars pride and prejudice and zombies, jane austen
an amusing fantasy, horror retelling of pride and prejudice. amazingly clever use of some of the original austen language as well
Published 1 month ago by D. T. jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes
This book does what I thought could never be - it makes a Jane Austen book enjoyable! Two thumbs up!
Published 1 month ago by JD0666
2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted it to be funny
When I read the description for this book, I was super excited. I love Pride and Prejudice, and everything that involves it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by N. Barefoot
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Seth Grahame-Smith is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," and "Unholy Night." In addition to adapting the screenplay for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Seth also wrote Tim Burton's film "Dark Shadows." He lives in Los Angeles.

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