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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
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Apr 13, 2011

it was amazing

Published in 2009, Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies might be considered by purists to be the equivalent of smearing feces on the Mona Lisa. Sure, the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy is intact, but the reader also gets zombies and martial arts battles straight out of the Kill Bill playbook of deadly femmes. As gimmicky as it all sounds, the novel turns out to be an immensely entertaining read. As irreverent and absurd as the events become, Grahame-Smith is surprisingly adept at integrating the material with Austen’s text. At times, the integration is so seamless that a reader familiar with the original will marvel at the flow, realizing that they have been sucked into something new. People not familiar with Austen get the benefit of a crash course into her work, plus with darkly absurd comic mayhem on the level of Monty Python at their gamiest. As a writer, there isn’t anything here that I am interested in attempting, but sometimes you just read a book to be entertained. Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is one of those books.
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