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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Yawns

May 29, 2009

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” Thus starts Seth Grahame-Smith’s new, quirky version of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice.

To tell the shameful truth, I was wickedly excited when I first heard about this novel on NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. I like the occasional silly book as much as the next reader (well, more actually), so I went and found myself a copy as soon as the book became available.

I think it comes as no surprise to anybody that this book was a massive disappointment. There was simply no way for Grahame-Smith to keep up the humor that came at the beginning. I suppose the opening pages are funny merely for their shock value – after that is over, the whole book becomes dull and inane.

However, I do not wish to to take away from the sheer awesome-ness of the first few chapters. As a fan of both Jane Austen and ZOMBIES, these first few chapters had me giggling hysterically at my kitchen table, utterly incapable of swallowing my dinner.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies follows almost exactly the same path as the original, with most of the wording precisely the same. The only difference is that the a mysterious plague has hit Britain and Elizabeth and her sisters have been trained to be deadly zombie slayers since childhood. When Mr. Darcy snubs Elizabeth at the party, the only thing stopping her from killing him and recovering her honor was a sudden attack of zombies.

However, it’s impossible to enjoy the book by that point because the whole thing is so deadly dull and monotonous. Seth Grahame-Green simply doesn’t do enough to change the novel into something fresh and new. So my recommendation? Go read the first few pages on the Amazon.com preview and then move on. It’s not even worth going to the library for.

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