I love Jane Austen and I love zombies. Both genres of fiction are wonderful reflections on and analogies for the world we live in, one that is sexist,...moreI love Jane Austen and I love zombies. Both genres of fiction are wonderful reflections on and analogies for the world we live in, one that is sexist, materialistic, petty, classist, and consumption-driven. So while combining the Elizabeth and Darcy and brain-eating "legions of Satan" into one novel sounds like a big joke, it's really a perfect combination.
If you're a hardcore zombie-type person, the zombies in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will probably annoy you. 18th century English zombies aren't canonical (who knew?). Peoples' transformation into zombies can take weeks, even months; a serum can be given to slow the transformation. Characters in the book who are slowly becoming zombies have conscious thought about how delicious other characters' brains will taste; zombies retreat as a group when fought against; they can be tricked by switching brains for heads of cauliflower.
Other than that minor annoyance though, I thoroughly enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I thought I'd read a few pages and then keep it as a funny book to have on my bookshelf, but I read the entire book. I'm happy to report that in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Elizabeth Bennet is even more of a feminist ass-kicker than she was in the original. Plus, she kills a ninja and eats his heart, even though she's not a zombie. Pretty cool.(less)