Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Book review

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, Quirk Books, $12.95

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

The first of many classic works of fiction reworked to include a horror/fantasy element, this book combines Jane Austen’s classic tale of the five Bennet sisters with tales of zombie mayhem in quiet English villages.

In this reimagining, the Bennet sisters are highly skilled fighters, trained in unarmed and armed combat helping to protect their village from the plague of zombies that has stricken England for years. They encounter many familiar faces, including the legendary Mr Darcy, who is a zombie killer of much esteem in this version of Austen’s England. Even surrounded by zombies, blood and guts, Mrs Bennet still tries hard to marry her daughters off to any potential (non-zombified) suitor ‘ whether neighbour, soldier or cousin. One by one, three of the Bennet sisters find, lose and regain their loves while still managing to fight off the plague of undead.

Reading the novel, it is clearly still Jane Austen’s original text in many places, and her co-author has worked hard to merge his additions into her work. The additions mostly blend well into the original narrative, and definitely add another level of enjoyment to the novel. The usual Austen themes of strong women, social prejudices and loves found, lost and regained still resound clearly throughout the book, despite all the zombie fighting.

The girls’ back story is well written without being too obviously inserted, and the woodcut style illustrations throughout the book serve as an amusing accompaniment to an excellent novel. According to sources, we will soon see a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie, so I eagerly await that and the prequel novel Dawn of the Dreadfuls.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, Quirk Books, $12.95

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

The first of many classic works of fiction reworked to include a horror/fantasy element, this book combines Jane Austen’s classic tale of the five Bennet sisters with tales of zombie mayhem in quiet English villages.

In this reimagining, the Bennet sisters are highly skilled fighters, trained in unarmed and armed combat helping to protect their village from the plague of zombies that has stricken England for years. They encounter many familiar faces, including the legendary Mr Darcy, who is a zombie killer of much esteem in this version of Austen’s England. Even surrounded by zombies, blood and guts, Mrs Bennet still tries hard to marry her daughters off to any potential (non-zombified) suitor ‘ whether neighbour, soldier or cousin. One by one, three of the Bennet sisters find, lose and regain their loves while still managing to fight off the plague of undead.

Reading the novel, it is clearly still Jane Austen’s original text in many places, and her co-author has worked hard to merge his additions into her work. The additions mostly blend well into the original narrative, and definitely add another level of enjoyment to the novel. The usual Austen themes of strong women, social prejudices and loves found, lost and regained still resound clearly throughout the book, despite all the zombie fighting.

The girls’ back story is well written without being too obviously inserted, and the woodcut style illustrations throughout the book serve as an amusing accompaniment to an excellent novel. According to sources, we will soon see a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie, so I eagerly await that and the prequel novel Dawn of the Dreadfuls.