I was really trying to finish it until I read "Did this fat little priest mean to take her as a wife? She was horrified at the thought of marrying a m...moreI was really trying to finish it until I read "Did this fat little priest mean to take her as a wife? She was horrified at the thought of marrying a man whose only skill with a blade was cutting slivers of gorgonzola."
I love Pride and Prejudice and I really like zombies, so I was positive this was going to be a fun read. Unfortunately, I was so very wrong.
At first, it was kind of ok; the zombie stuff wasn't so bad and it was actually kind of fun. But then it started talking about the deadly arts and weapons and about their training in China, and all I wanted was to skip all that and only read what was originally written. Jane Austen's writing is flawless and Pride and Prejudice is an amazing book and I would much rather read it a thousand times than finish reading this so-called book.
So, to make my point still more clear, I leave you with this horrible quote:
"What think you of Orientals?" said he, smiling.
"Orientals-oh! No. I am sure we never met the same, or had the same feelings toward them."
"But if that be the case, we may compare our different opinions. I think them a strange lot-both in appearance and custom, though having studied solely in Japan, I admit that the opinion may be incomplete. I should be most interested to hear of your time in the company of Chinamen."
"No-I cannot talk of Orientals in a ball-room; my head is always full of something else."
And why is this quote so horrible to me? Because this scene was great and Seth Grahame-Smith just completely ruined it. (less)
So... it is infinite times better than An Abundance of Katherines and much, much better than Looking For Alaska, but it is not great. It has all the J...moreSo... it is infinite times better than An Abundance of Katherines and much, much better than Looking For Alaska, but it is not great. It has all the JohnGreenean elements: constant enumeration of random things, a lot of facts and quotes and, of course, the nerdy guy who is in love with the hot, yet very deep and wonderful girl, who is misunderstood and too good for the people that surround her, has a hot boyfriend that cheats on her, realizes the nerdy guy is better, kisses him... and it all eventually leads to nothing. Leaving aside those things, Looking For Margo is definitely an improvement; the writing is much better than Katherines, and the plot is better too and less predictable. Actually, I was so convinced that it was predictable and that it would end exactly the same way Looking For Alaska did, that it ended up being a surprise, you know, as much as surprises can go with this book.
If I had read it a few years ago, maybe I'd have liked it better, but now it's just an okay book that I'll probably never read again. But if it was made into a film, I'd definitely watch it, because it's the kind of book that could be made into a cute little indie film, and I love cute little indie films. Unfortunately, Jesse Eisenberg is too old for this film.