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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
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Who likes zombies? Apparently everyone. With movies like Shawn of the Dead and Zombieland, it’s got to be good if you’re a zombie right now. So why not spice up a classic with zombies? It’s an idea so crazy it just might work.

The premise is simple: add zombies to a Pride and Prejudice to liven it up and get a few laughs. Its works, for the most part, yet the joke wears thin fast. The author makes the mistake of incorporating zombies into everything. If the characters aren’t running, fighting, or talking about zombies, then you’re probably reading another book.

Zombies are a humor device and in some instances, are used very effectively. The problem is when you tell the same joke over and over, it starts to fall flat. Sure it was hilarious when you first heard it, but 30 times later, not so much. Pride and Prejudice can stand on its own, yet the author seems to believe that if a zombie or zombie reference isn’t littered across every page, the book is useless. If zombies had been used strategically and sparingly, the jokes would have had more big laughs as opposed to getting a string of smiles. Less is more in some cases.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is funny, and there are some moments where you will laugh out loud. With a bit more polish, PPZ could have been great. Unfortunately, it’s wedged between good and shameless cash-in. Nonetheless, it’s worth a glace for a few smiles.
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