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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books,US; Reprint edition (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594743347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594743344
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,119 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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------The moment, Monster-lit mash-ups. 'Its 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.' So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Los Angeles screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, in which Jane Austen's Regency prose is drenched in human gore and spiked with Shaolin ninja moves...Scholars think it's a bloody travesty, and the fans agree - the bloodier the better. --The Times magazine, April 18, 2009----The new trend for adding a touch of blood and gore to the genteel world inhabited by the likes of Elizabeth Bennett and the Dashwood sisters is set to reach grisly new heights next month with the publication of a series of books which will indulge the public's apparently insatiable thirst for horror "mash-up" literature. ...Two weeks later, the US-based creators of the best-selling publishing phenomenon Pride and Prejudice and Zombies are due to unleash their follow-up, which brings a bit of aquatic horror to Austen's debut with Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. ... Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has sold over 700,000 copies and is to be made into a film' Name the best science fiction titles.Speculative fiction has produced some of the most intriguing story titles ever. But which are the best of the best? You should never judge a book by its cover, but should you judge a story by its title? If the recent success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is anything to go by, then for many readers today the answer is yes. Seth Grahame-Smith's bestselling mash-up of Jane Austen and George A Romero became one of the most pre-ordered titles this side of The Lost Symbol, based solely on a zeitgeist-surfing title. And if those readers came to the story expecting an obvious joke stretched thin over 316 pages too many, they were not disappointed. -- --The Guardian, 20 November 2009

A quirky twist. Wannabe novelists looking for a marketable idea can settle on an already successful literary classic that is a surefire seller, add a twist and put it out there all over again. That appears to be the way forward for some, including a version of 'Pride and Prejudice', published by Quirk Books in which the original text is enhanced with new scenes of zombies, by Seth Grahame-Smith--The Independent, November, 2009--There's a whole new genre of Jane Austen works. While most adaptations pride themselves on loyally adhering to the original, a recent version of Austen's most famous novel by writer Seth Grahame-Smith has introduced a new element. His book is entitled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and is an example of the increasingly popular 'mash-up' genre. Grahame-Smith's interpretation sees a household of 18 people slaughtered and consumed by the living dead, and endows the Bennet sisters with martial arts skills to keep the creatures off their crinolines. 'I tried to space through the book sequences of gratuitous gore, so it would be more breezy than the original,' said Grahame-Smith-- You should read this if you have any interest at all in the old classics, a fantastic idea to do this! --rottingzombie, April, 2013

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies uses some clever genre plot devices to spice up the original novel, including the Bennett sisters substituting reading and playing music for sparring with martial arts experts in the far east and becoming trained assassins, with the sole purpose of defeating the zombie army waiting to attack-- --Eatmy Brains dot com, Nov, 2009--

The contrast between the civilised polite society of 19th centuary England and the gory action scenes is bound to make you wince and laugh at the same time...Zombies with a classic twist but don't expect these to appear in English lit --Flipside magazine, May, 2013

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A quirky twist. Wannabe novelists looking for a marketable idea can settle on an already successful literary classic that is a surefire seller, add a twist and put it out there all over again. That appears to be the way forward for some, including a version of "Pride and Prejudice", published by Quirk Books in which the original text is enhanced with new scenes of zombies, by Seth Grahame-Smith.

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5 of 5 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
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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
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Dragonfly on 20 May 2011
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AT LAST - the good people at Quirk books have made Jane Austen palatable... thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Very dry humour, if you like irreverence and irony
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Dec 2009
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Like Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, this is Austen's original text with some excisions and a zombie plot-line inserted: so if you hate Austen's measured and leisurely style this might not be the book for you. I think this is a really clever idea which both subverts the genteel world that Austen creates and, yet, exploits the potential which already exists in the text.

Elizabeth's 'wildness' which Miss Bingley attributes to her after she struggles through the rain to see Jane is here turned into a ninja warrior's skill; and Charlotte's decision to settle for domestic un-bliss with Mr Collins becomes something both darker and funnier. Austen nearly always keeps the darker side of her historical world hidden (although it sometimes seeps through with the number of militia men around, and the battles at sea that enable Captain Wentworth in Persuasion to be promoted) and the zombie theme reinserts this sense of a society at war back into the main story, albeit in a humourous manner.

Plenty of reviewers have pronounced that Austen fans will hate this - well, I'm a fan and I love it. It's certainly possible to read this as a straightforward parody/burlesque/spoof, but actually it also reveals interesting things about genre and the way the Austen text is able to blend with something very different and yet still maintain its core values.
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