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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies #1)

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  104,273 Ratings  ·  11,830 Reviews
Subtitle: The Classic Regency Romance-Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
"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 pl
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Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Quirk Books (first published 2009)
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Phillippa Silverlock I don't think so. I think you can treat this as a stand alone book. If you read the original first it's easier to spot the little in jokes and the…moreI don't think so. I think you can treat this as a stand alone book. If you read the original first it's easier to spot the little in jokes and the satire of the period it's set in I suppose, but the plot is easy to follow without prior knowledge and there's enough violence etc to keep you interested.(less)
Andrea Not really; it doesn't actually change that much (just adds zombie fighting). I think it does lose a lot of the 'magic' that makes P&P such a…moreNot really; it doesn't actually change that much (just adds zombie fighting). I think it does lose a lot of the 'magic' that makes P&P such a great romance, just because some sections are skipped and the focus is more on zombies, but it won't ruin P&P.(less)

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Madeline
May 07, 2010 Madeline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tried to resist. When everyone starting losing their shit over this book and pre-ordering it, I told myself that this was a literary bandwagon I wouldn't jump on. I read the reviews posted here, and saw that for the most part the consensus was that this book was grossly overrated. All the parts that Grahame-Smith wrote (and there aren't many) weren't very well done, the zombie device got old quickly, and the whole thing could have been much better.
It was with all this evidence in mind that I
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Alana
Since I am known by my friends as a Jane Austen person, SEVENTEEN different people sent me the link to this publishing announcement. Even though the book won't be published for another two months, a friend managed to procure an advanced copy (aka Word doc of the finished product), and so I read it over the weekend.

That being said, it's rather unnecessary for anyone to read this novel in its entirety, even if it does sound amusing. The best plan is to read the first two or three chapters, and the
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Brad
Taking my cue from the emotional ratings of the goodreads star system (and I can only muster two stars for this book), I offer you a fully gut reaction to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

didn’t like it
1. The ninjafication of Lizzy and the Bennet sisters. It was completely idiotic. The book really should have been called Pride and Prejudice and Ninjas with Zombies to allow dumb ass Ultraviolence. Had Grahame-Smith simply employed the available military training of the Regency period and allowed
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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When I saw the theme of the winter library challenge was “Classics Re-Mixed” I knew Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was going to be one of the five books I would read – or in this case re-read. I’m not a “re-reader” by nature, but P&P is one of my all-time faves that I own as a leather bound collection, a $7.00 B&N cheapy collection, a hardback and one I actually allow myself to read. Adding in the Zs to this timeless classic
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Alisa Kester
May 14, 2009 Alisa Kester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um...oh my gosh...what to say? A quarter of me thinks I should be outraged, the other three-quarters is insanely giggling at the very idea, and then there's the very small uncounted minority of me that is throwing her fist in the air and screaming "Finally! This is the best idea ever!"

And now that I've read it?

Well, actually, I still think it's pretty darn good idea. It was weird reading it though, because the "zombie mayhem" fit so well into the story that I kept catching myself stopping after
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Sammy Loves Books
Jan 30, 2016 Sammy Loves Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie Fans and Pride and Prejudice fans
Recommended to Sammy by: Lindsey Beyer aka LB
OMG!! I Can't Wait to see the Movie!!!
Time for a quick re-read!!!

save yourself


Oh what a humorous re-telling of one of my most favorite love stories. Neatherfield is overrun with zombies, which are referred to as unmentionables, and Mr Darcy is a well respected zombie killer.


eat fresh


Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are well known for their training in the fine art of zombie killing. Lady Catherine shows no respect to Elizabeth because she was never tutored by a Japanese samurai, but received her training from a Chin
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Lyn
Jul 12, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is brilliant and hilarious.

This is a mash-up, meaning that Graham-Smith used the actual text of Jane Austin’s novel (she is listed as a co-author) and inserted his zombie story along the original storyline. The trouble with most horror stories, whether print or film, is poor writing. Someone may have a great concept, but setting that down on paper is too difficult, or that someone can create some good scenes or segments, but stringing them together results in a t
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Sparring
this book is a beautiful fantasy, as if someone reached into my head, pulled out two of my dearest loves, and put them together in such a brilliantly captivating fashion as to make me giggle aloud quite inappropriately in public places where i happen to find myself reading.

any lover of jane austen or of zombies needs to get their hands on a copy of this.

and the illustrations? priceless.
Alexa
Jan 25, 2016 Alexa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, 2016
I'm sorry to say but this one didn't work for me, at all.

To begin with, this is almost a word for word copy of Pride and Prejudice, the zombies are mentioned but not really used. They are just a setting, there's no plot involving them, no battle, nothing! Believe me, I read on and on waiting for something to happen but nothing did.

Sadly, one of the little few changes that the zombies brought with them was not a good one. In the original Lizzy is not really special, she doesn’t sing, play, draw
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Kim Annabella
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of some sweet weaponry to defeat the hoards of zombie flesh eating natives"

BRRRAAAAIIIINNNS!
Diane
Mar 06, 2016 Diane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jane-austen
Simply atrocious.
Vane J.
Mar 03, 2016 Vane J. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies, retellings, 2016
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in posession of brains must be in want of more brains.


I did not like Pride and Prejudice. In fact, I read it only for reading this book after. I thought this was gonna be a good laugh, that it would be satirical and that it would relieve me of tye boredom I felt with P&P, but either I have no sense of humour or this book was a fail.

So... zombies. They should have made P&P more entertaining because they're, well, zombies, but they only
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Liz
Jan 05, 2015 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, never-again
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES: WHAT WENT WRONG?

Don't buy this book. I did, and I'm regretting my AU$24.95.

It's good as a gimmick, but, as cocky as I'm coming across here, I know I could have written one far better. The problem with P&P as it is originally is that it is a complete story in itself, and therefore to do anything truly interesting with it, you need to change a lot, not a little. Grahame-Smith had this mentality where he didn't actually change the storyline; he just inserted zom
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Carrie
Jul 07, 2009 Carrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I was under the impression that this would by and large be Pride and Prejudice intact with the simple insertion of zombies in some places. Rather, it is very nearly an entire rewrite of the original, and not an improvement upon it. Grahame-Smith takes it upon himself to explain and over explain the characters and their emotions and actions, rather than letting Austen's original writing stand for itself, as it has done quite successfully previously. The idea is clever, the execution mediocre at ...more
VictoriaNickers
Jun 05, 2016 VictoriaNickers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This book is sheer ridiculousness. If you are a die hard true loyal Jane Austen fan, you will not like this book. If you are peeps like me on the other hand, who don't really relate that much to Pride and Prejudice, you should pick it up. No, it is not a great work of fiction but it's super fun.

I did notice that everyone in this book is described as handsome, especially the ladies. They are not pretty but they are handsome. That was something that annoyed me in the real Pride and Prejudice but
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Evelyn (devours and digests words)
It should be universally acknowledged that this book is quite simply... an embarrassing piss-poor piece of attempt that tries too hard to be clever.

There is one reason why I agreed to pick up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

To escape.

From reality? Definitely. But in the case here, what I really wanted to escape from was the endless conversations about balls and marriages and all things that I found uninteresting in Austen's version. The classics, as universally loved as it is, bored me out of
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The Crimson Fucker
This is the biggest case of false advertisement that I’ve seen since The Never Ending Story!!! They claim that in this book you’ll find some Ultra-Violent Zombie Mayhem… but they lie!!! They lie I say!!!! They only have a couple of scenes with some mild zombie violence and that’s it! the rest is a bunch of letters where some reference to some zombie violence happened somwhere is made… and that’s it! then there is a lot of talk about learning kung fu and shit! this book suck! And the worse of it ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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.

This book, very simply put, is Pride and Prejudice meets Dawn of the Dead. It’s the classic story, rewritten to include zombies, also known as “unmentionables” and “the sadly stricken.” I felt that the author, Seth
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Anne
Sep 08, 2009 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a great idea! Take a universally loved classic and spice it up with some zombies! Honestly, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this thing. I just knew that it was going to be so much fun to read! I was wrong. Really wrong.

To start with, it wasn't funny. It tried to be funny, but it wasn't. It was retarded. I don't even think I can describe how...how not funny it was! There were ninjas. Yes...ninjas. In Pride and Prejudice. Ninjas. Maybe that sounds kind of cool, but somehow it wasn't. Hey,
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

It's not the zombies. It's the writing.
Angela
Apr 17, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mashups, zombies
There's an old Calvin and Hobbes comic strip in which Calvin, like he is wont to do, goes off on a particularly wild flight of fancy about T-rexes flying F-14s and bombing his school. The joke of the strip is Calvin shrieking happily "THIS IS SO AWESOME!" while Hobbes sighs "THIS IS SO STUPID".

That is pretty much the exact right description for this book. It is sublimely silly, capable of being so over the top that you cannot help but laughingly go along with it, even while you're muttering "oh
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Shurrn
You should know that my enjoyment of this book was GREATLY enhanced by the fact that I re-read Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice before I read this, and I fervently hope you’ll do the same. The reader get’s a much better appreciation of the humor when the original is fresh in their brain… LOL …Brains… you see what I did there?

“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 attac
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Kat is a Glitter Pirate ☠
May 28, 2015 Kat is a Glitter Pirate ☠ rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kat is a Glitter Pirate ☠ by: Nick Pageant

"It's a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."



My ultimate fantasy for when the zombie apocalypse finally comes was for a stark bollock naked - except for his cowboy hat and gun holster thingy - Timothy Olyphant to protect me while I act all damsel in distress. But after reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I've had to revisit and revise that fantasy because when I grow up I want to be Elizabeth Bennet.

The woman is kick arse.

- S
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Cara O'Brien
I had high hopes for this book, being both a Pride and Prejudice fan, as well as a horror junkie.

I honestly wouldn't have gotten through it if it weren't for the fact that I love the original Pride and Prejudice. Reading P&P&Zombies is like reading the original, just with a few mentions of zombies and the occasional fight scene. Which is fine, but honestly, this book could have been so much better.

For one thing, I don't really see much of a point in writing a book that deviates so litt
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Liz Janet
Feb 12, 2016 Liz Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is a truth universally acknowledged than re-imagining classics with zombies comes out as a pile of trash when written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Was that too mean? I think it was, but I believe it to be true.
Ninjas? That was the brilliant revolutionary idea? Not the zombies, but ninjas? And then the zombies have nothing to add to the story? Brilliant. No, just no.
Characters acting nothing like themselves? Oh so fun, since it has worked perfectly for others before to completely change the way a
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Sara
Apr 01, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pride and Prejudice we all know has been re-imagined. England is over run with brain lusting Zombies. Elizabeth and her sisters are trained and practiced in the deadly art of Zombie slaying. Elizabeth’s best friend has been stricken with the “strange plague”. And a true gentleman beheads the Zombies for his lady, so that she will not soil her dress.

Without offending die hard Jane Austen fans, maybe Pride and Prejudice should have always had a Zombie element. The Zombies contrast our charact
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Fenia
Feb 20, 2016 Fenia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG OMG OMG. This book was amazzzing!! I was really prejudiced (pun intended) and refused to read it for years. But i saw the promo pictures of the film and i love the actors and the production seemed great, so i said 'why not?', and i did read it and i will forever LOVE it.

Its the classic book you love with a twist. And since ,fantasy, darkness and zombies are also my thing i was okay with them and also they mixed well with Jane Austen. Lizzy was a badass fighter and i loved her even more in th
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Marius van Blerck
Mar 30, 2010 Marius van Blerck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the few classics that lays bare the massive scourge of the undead that blighted so much of English life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It has been stated that Austen and Grahame-Smith's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the eighteenth century and are part of the transition to nineteenth-century realism, while retaining an exquisite treatment of period manners. This is especially the case in this work, where Mrs Bennet seeks advantageous ...more
SpatialH
Aug 22, 2009 SpatialH rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Oh! Mr Darcy gave me his hand!"

hehe.


... was going to give it four stars, 'cuz there could've been *way* more zombie mayhem central to the storyline, but, I added the fifth star for the book club questions in the back. v funny.

If you've never read P&P and really like zombies and ninjas this is a great way to get the story.
Nima Kohandani
Jan 05, 2016 Nima Kohandani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اولین کتابی که در سال 2016 به پایان می برم

کتابی که اگرچه من متاسفانه هنوز غرور و تعصب آستن رو نخوندم اما من رو به خوندن اثر اصلی هم کاملاً علاقه مند کرد و با این حال از این داستان هم بسیار لذت بردم.

شخصیت های این کتاب به معنای واقعی کلمه خارقالعاده بودن و علی رغم تعدد اسامی در ابتدا، تا آخر کتاب طوری با هر کدوم آشنا میشیم که با اومدن اسمش در ذهنمون با تمام خلق و خوها و ظاهرشون نقش می بندن

این بزرگ ترین نقطه ی قوت این کتاب بود

و الیزابت کاراکتری بود که نمایندگی چیزها و افراد زیادی رو بر عهده داشت. ا
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Seth Grahame-Smith (born Seth Jared Greenberg) is an American author, screenwriter and film producer. He is best known for his novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter which both hit the New York Times' best seller list. Seth Grahame-Smith lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Erin, and his son, Joshua.
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