06 April 2009

Books: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."

And thus begins a mash-up between Jane Austen's classic 19th Century comedy of manners and the 21st Century fondness for the undead. Not those lame vampires of the Twilight Saga, but the "the George Romero zombies of the 1960s and 1970s. The slow-moving, limb-dragging, single-minded creatures that care only about infecting others and biting brains," he told the LA Times.

While some may claim this type of hybrid is nothing short of colorizing classic black and white films, what Grahame-Smith has done here is add some horrific, very comedic zombies, to a novel that is pretty funny in itself, despite the run-on sentences from her original text. Still, one can't think that even Jane Austen might be amused by the fact that despite a decades long period where zombies plague 19th Century England (how it all began is not explored, but does not really matter, either) life in the Bennet household goes on as Mrs. Bennet's main goal in life remains getting her daughters married off. And the fact that the zombies are called "unmentionables" might even amuse Austen.

This remix, or what ever you want to call it, is pitch perfect. It brittle's with great humor, and makes you want to -maybe -even take on Pride & Prejudice.

Okay, maybe not.

But I highly recommend this one.

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