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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545206782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545206785
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,236,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seth Grahame-Smith is an LA-based writer/producer whose credits include CBS's innovative online comedy series Clark and Michael starring Michael Cera. His most recent book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is currently a huge bestseller. Prior to PPZ, Seth authored five non-fiction humour books, with topics ranging from pornography, to horror movies, to George W. Bush. He's also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Features the text of Jane Austen's novel, "Pride and Prejudice" with scenes of bone crunching zombie action. Full description

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ElvenAngel on 16 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
I don't think of myself as a hardcore Austen fan, nor a hardcore zombie fan, but this book pleased both sides of me.

This monster mashup is well aware of what it is and makes no effort to conceal its quirk and strangeness, which is exactly what makes it so good. It's straight-faced, ridiculous zombie action in a Regency suit, it's a jester with substance and wit and a funny hat. And it works. It largely keeps in tone with Austen's original dialogue and much of the original text, which makes it even funnier when you start reading lines about martial arts, shuffling undead, ninjas, disembowelment, vomit and some of the funniest innuendos I've seen in ages.

Look, this book is not high-brow literature. It's still quality work beyond doubt, but you'll be reading this for fun. And fun you shall have.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Annabel Gaskell VINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
If you look at all the reviews, you'll see that this monster mash-up of the beloved novel has totally split opinions of those who have read it. I'll tell you mine after a bit of explanation.

Zombies have been plaguing the English countryside for years. It's no longer safe to venture out alone; you need to be either armed to the teeth, or have safety in numbers. The Bennets are well equipped to deal with the undead, for Mr Bennet and his daughters have been trained in the deadly arts in China and are warriors all with swords and feet alike, having their own dojo at home to keep their skills honed.

The Zombies and martial arts are all shoe-horned into Austen's novel, most of which is left in tact - it's usually pretty obvious which are the additions and adaptations, although not having read the original for many years, I kept it by me so I could compare and contrast if needed. I am also an expert in the BBC's wonderful P&P series from 1995, which enriched this reading immensely - imagining Colin Firth as Darcy swashing and buckling against zombies...
... Sorry, where was I? The novel starts off really well, it had me chortling loud enough to have to read the first few lines out to my other half:-

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Never was this truth more plain than during the recent attacks at Netherfield Park, in which a household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead.
"My dear Mr Bennet," said his lady to him one day, "have you heard that Netherfield Park is occupied again?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Cheesecake (The Eloquent Page) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
Recently I wrote the following statement while reviewing a book - I have often suspected any novel can only be enhanced by the addition of rampaging hordes of undead. The publisher Quirk Books, originators of the mash-up novel, were obviously listening and sent me some books that would allow me to test that theory. Over the next few days I'll be posting reviews of a few of them.

The first novel I read is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith. Before I begin, I have an admission to make, I have to be honest and admit that I have never read any of Jane Austen's work.

After discussing the book at length with my wife, who has read Austen, I am assured that the majority of the plot remains the same as the original text. The five Bennet sisters are all of marriageable age and their mother is keen to ensure that they all marry well into wealthy, well to-do families. The second eldest daughter, Elizabeth, is headstrong and independent. She refuses to bow to convention and very much knows her own mind. Enter a darkly brooding Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy. Initially he appears prideful and standoffish but as the novel develops Darcy and Elizabeth realise their feelings for one another. The additional plots strands regarding Elizabeth's other sisters and her friend Charlotte Lucas also remain largely intact.

Lots of stiff upper lips and starched collars are still in evidence here but tempering that with horror works well. In typically British fashion most characters consider the zombie menace little more than an inconvenience. This is where the Regency setting really works. It's clear that Grahame-Smith has made a supreme effort to blend his text with Austen's original. The best example of this is in the terms used to describe the undead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 July 2012
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If you view the alterations and modifications of a "classic" as both wrong and tragic (as I have heard some people say!), then I would steer clear of this book altogether. Though the title should have perhaps alluded to this fact without my having to tell you.

Myself, however, loved this quirky interpretation. Seth Grahame-Smith made an excellent job of incorporating the prospect of a zombie threat into Austenesque times, and did so with flair. His biggest saving grace, as I'm sure most readers would agree, was to do very little in terms of character overhaul or writing style. With the exception of two or three characters, Smith did very little to change the actual outcome of most of the characters. And the improvisations he did make were most wholly welcome - in fact, dare I say, I preferred these certain circumstances better than the original novel (which I love!).

The fact that he didn't try to 'modernise' the dialogue or writing style was very clever and added authenticity to the story - if he'd tried to set the Bennets in some 21st century apartment complex, and provided them with some "chav-tastic" speeches then I would have downright refused to read it. Though a few veiled sexual references between Elizabeth and Darcy were downright hilarious, and not unwelcome.

I really did love this interpretation and would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a quirky, light-hearted version of a celebrated classic. You know, just in case your feeling too lazy for the original. Or would like a few more laughs!
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