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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance-now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! (Quirk Classics) Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Apr 2009

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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: 13.5 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,359 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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7 of 7 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sarag on 2 Jun. 2012
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I love Jane Austen and I cannot begin to count the number of times I have read and re-read the original Pride and Prejudice.The expansion of the original story to include a zombie-ridden Meryton is a brilliant idea, even if it only tempts those who find Austen's original style a bit "old fashioned" or to begin introducing teens to the Classical genre or even for those who want a change from the original work. The original format of the novel is block prose, but Grahame-Smith spices up the format by introducing sketches of the Bennet sisters in action, killing zombies and fighting well-known Austen characters.

While reading the novel, I actually found myself laughing out loud at some of the fantastic one-liners Grahame-Smith adds, especially for the pompous Mr. Collins. The way in which he is faithful to the original plot also means that the novel maintains its originality; no meaning Austen intended is lost in the reworking of the novel.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also comes in comic strip format, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel, and has a prequel, written by the same author, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls and a sequel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be brought out as a film in 2013.

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