While the book is clearly jumping on the P&P&Z bandwagon, and is also very clearly extremely impressed with its own cleverness, I am willing t...more While the book is clearly jumping on the P&P&Z bandwagon, and is also very clearly extremely impressed with its own cleverness, I am willing to admit that in-between the kindergarten level text, there is a subtext worthy of several graduate dissertations on 20th and 21st century social, sexual, political issues and mores.
The book deconstructs several genres, capable of making a point about gender roles, real versus imagined fears of living in modern suburbia, the blindness of the 50’s to certain subjects, like pedophilia, while inventing fears about creatures invading our homes – “reds under the bed” comes to mind as Dracula hides under little Sally’s bed, the old man giving the little girl a scary look as the other characters berate silly Sally for making up stories.
Mother and Father wear the prescribed outfits for a husband and wife in the imagined idyll of the Leave it to Beaver household, complete with the ultimate gender stereotypes in fashion – the apron and the hat, and they approve heartily of their children’s playtime with the fanged vampire.
Are they purposefully ignoring dangers they don’t want to deal with – conservatives refusing to acknowledge their innocent little girl is sexually active until she’s 9 months pregnant and asking for a ride to the hospital? - or are they liberals acting the part of open-mindness and acceptance, the first on the block to welcome the new minority moving into the neighborhood?
A lot is going on in this little tale. But it’s still a bandwagon jumper and its still way too smug. (less)
**spoiler alert** Ok, not so much "read" per say, as flipped through it while standing in the bookstore, and I have to say, I was very disappointed th...more**spoiler alert** Ok, not so much "read" per say, as flipped through it while standing in the bookstore, and I have to say, I was very disappointed that Laurie didn't get a silver bullet. You know, for his own good.(less)
The title made me think this was just another zombie-mash up book, jumping on the P&P&Z bandwagon. This is understandable considering tha...more EDIT:
The title made me think this was just another zombie-mash up book, jumping on the P&P&Z bandwagon. This is understandable considering that in the last year I have seen Elizabeth Bennet, Jo March, Dorothy Gale, Alice Liddell, Huckleberry Finn, Ebeneezer Scrooge, Abraham Lincoln, Queen Victoria, and more, fight zombies, vampires and/or werewolves.
However, see the author comment below - it appears the concept is part of a bigger picture with the emphasis on Chaucer and the modern world rather than playing into a current fad, so this might be worth checking out. (less)
It wasn't as good as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. SS&S wasn't a spoof as much as PP&Z - this story really wanted to go off on its own stor...moreIt wasn't as good as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. SS&S wasn't a spoof as much as PP&Z - this story really wanted to go off on its own storyline without Jane Austen. Or maybe I'm more willing to laugh at P&P then S&S.(less)
I’m going to get a lot of grief for (a) admitting I’ve read this book and (b) admitting I liked it. But you know what, if you’re going to write Jane A...moreI’m going to get a lot of grief for (a) admitting I’ve read this book and (b) admitting I liked it. But you know what, if you’re going to write Jane Austen fanfiction – go wild! Go crazy! Enough of the sequels where everything is rehashed, where the Darcy daughters have the same adventures as the Bennet sisters, enough of the secret life of Jane Austen and the ripping away of the bed curtains of all her characters. Enough!
Grahame-Smith goes wildly, crazily counter to the usual Jane Austen fanfiction. Zombies attack Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice characters. But! He takes things one step further and pushes the boundaries of zombie lit as well as the Jane Austen genre – most zombie stories depict the attack of the undead as a hurricane like event – fast, sudden, overpowering, and either limited in length, or bringing about the end of the world, while here, the zombies are simply another part of the setting.
Zombies here are as common as afternoon rain, and just as remarkable. Called “unmentionables” by polite society, zombies are something one must simply tolerate while life goes on. There are still balls and teas and husband hunts, while keep one’s sword polished and musket loaded and at the ready. Elizabeth always keeps a dagger strapped to her ankle and is well trained in martial arts – she is able to take down all of Lady Catherine’s ninjas. (Ninjas!)
Grahame-Smith also makes the suggestion that a woman can fight evil without running around in a metal bikini or skin tight leotard. Elizabeth Bennet fights off zombies, ninjas, and unwanted marriage proposals, all while remaining a dignified and polite young woman of society.
My mother loves Jane Austen books and my brother loves zombie stories. I told them both about this book – and they had identical looks of horror on their faces to see their beloved genre so tarnished by something so completely opposite. It takes a weird mind to come up with such an idea, or to enjoy reading it. Call me crazy, but I like being part of that crowd.
This isn’t the most well written fanfiction I’ve ever seen, but it gets high marks for originality. Anything is possible in fanfiction, an idea fully embraced here.
And, just because it makes me laugh, here is a line from a fanfic I once read that proves anything really is possible in the world of fanauthors:
“Oy, Ron, when are you going to settle down with a nice Jewish witch? This Hermione shiksa is meshuga, boychick.” (less)