Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

August 29, 2013 4.5 stars, Book Review 24 ★★★★½

Classic retelling

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—-and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers-—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

Oh dear, yes! Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was oodles of fun. Being a lover of all things Jane Austen, and not one to take things (nor classic literature) too seriously, I thoroughly enjoyed this reimagining of the classic Pride and Prejudice.

I must say job well done to the author as so much of the original story and feel was kept intact. There was just a healthy dose of humor and LIFE added by the undead. Haha – yeah I laugh at my own joke. Neener neener. I know some hard core Austen lovers might shoot me for this but in some ways I enjoyed as much if not more than the original.

I had heard conflicting reviews about this book and if you are unsure I would definitely take a look at both ends of the spectrum. It may not be for everyone but I think zombie fiction lovers with a soft spot for period pieces will definitely enjoy this.

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24 Responses to “Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith”

  1. Amir

    This is on my wishlist! I love Pride & Prejudice and I love zombies…but I can’t wrap my mind around them converging in this book. I’m glad you enjoyed it though, I’ve read conflicting reviews about this too but just the premise itself is enough for me to want to read this 🙂
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Definitely, and of course that isn’t terrible! I don’t believe in the whole everyone should read the classics thing. They aren’t for everyone, Hell there aren’t many I like lol

  2. Hira

    I’m currently reading this and I’m loving it so far! I’m so glad you like it! Love your review!

  3. Fatma Shahin

    I love the twists on the classic! It’s such a fun, smart idea. John Green has also mentioned this book to be really good 😀 WIll definitely check it out! 😀

  4. Valerie Rhodes

    Wow.. such changes.. may have to leave the light on for this one.. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes! exactly. I think some people got really up in arms about this book. Perhaps that will always happen when you mess around with the classics that people love. I loved the original and this one just as much.

  5. BookLady

    Sounds like a fascinating book! Interesting combination of classic and horror.

  6. Trix

    I might need to give this one another try–I just wasn’t in the mood the first time!

  7. JoshA

    I’ve never really thought about trying PPZ, but maybe I should!