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"You see Mr. Collins, God has no mercy. And neither must we."
on August 21, 2016
When I first saw the movie I thought Elizabeth played by Lily James was brilliant. So I headed to the bookstore and bought a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, determined to savor it page by page. It was really witty and had much more detail than the movie, which is what I was going for.
When I read the line Elizabeth coldly said to her cousin Collins, not far into the book, I had to put the book down. I decided I had to read the prequel to understand who Elizabeth was at that moment and what had brought her to such cold sentiment.
So I bought the Kindle version of Dawn of the Dreadfuls I was wondering if it was going to be as entertaining. It wasn't just that, it was awe inspiring. I understand now why the Bennets are considered the saviors of Hertfordshire and how they came to be that way. I understand her coldness came with her "coming out" ball, and the lessons she learned when her innocence died that night. Perhaps that's why, in the movie, her sisters had to persuade her to smile more. After what she's been through I'm amazed her character can pull it off when she meets Mr. Bingley.
By the time we see her in Zombies, she is a full fledged warrior, as are her sisters. Before reading this prequel, I often felt I was missing so much of the picture.
The appreciation for this book is that it fills in much of the missing universe in the Movie. Even before you read Zombies for the first time, I feel like everyone should read Dawn of the Dreadfuls. It makes Lizzy and Jane's marrying Darcy and Bingley all the more fulfilling.
The book stops abruptly and really it should have ended with their father sending them off to China to train for real, but it ended on a good note.
What I found appalling in both this and Zombies was the cultural disparaging. While it's feasible Mr. Bennett may have at one point trained in Japan, since he was richer before he was married, but his master was Chinese, a Master Liu, which means he must have trained in China. But he uses a katana, which is a distinctly Japanese weapon, honed by honored families sanctioned by Imperials to make blades. No self-respecting kung fu master or Shaolin temple priest would wield a katana because the Chinese looked down upon the Japanese for most of the existence of the Middle Kingdom. Shaolin kung fu precedes even samurai, hence the superiority complex. Also, no self respecting blade master of Japan would sell one to anyone who was not samurai. Anyone who has studied Asian history would know that the katana and the Chinese jian are NOT interchangeable. I'm not talking about historical accuracy but CULTURAL accuracy. Asians are not interchangeable nor are they all the same, so to interchange the cultures is really kind of insulting in this day and age. There is a thing called Google, you know; it's in the thing called the Internet.
Cultural stupidity aside, I did like this book because it explained everything behind that one sentence uttered by Elizabeth in Chapter 15 of Zombies.