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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

(Pride and Prejudice and Zombies #1)

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are r
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Quirk Classics (first published 2009)
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Phillippa Silverlock I don't think so. I think you can treat this as a stand alone book. If you read the original first it's easier to spot the little in jokes and the sat…moreI don't think so. I think you can treat this as a stand alone book. If you read the original first it's easier to spot the little in jokes and the satire of the period it's set in I suppose, but the plot is easy to follow without prior knowledge and there's enough violence etc to keep you interested.(less)
Mary I have always loved J. Austen's books, and am a huge fan of P&P. I picked this book up when it first came out - knowing that it was going to be a tong…moreI have always loved J. Austen's books, and am a huge fan of P&P. I picked this book up when it first came out - knowing that it was going to be a tongue in cheek sort of book. I don't find that it changed my view of P&P or the beloved Lizzy and Darcy in the least.

It actually stuck extremely close to the original story line as far as chronological events go - with the exception of zombies terrorizing England and Lizzy and her sisters being katana carrying ninja warriors. I loved this book - it made me laugh, but it hasn't changed my view of Lizzy and Darcy, or their love story in the least. I've even gone back and read P&P, (for the umpteenth time,) since I have read this book - and I still love it as much as I did before!(less)
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Jun 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I tried to resist. When everyone starting losing their shit over this book and pre-ordering it, I told myself that this was a literary bandwagon I wouldn't jump on. I read the reviews posted here, and saw that for the most part the consensus was that this book was grossly overrated. All the parts that Grahame-Smith wrote (and there aren't many) weren't very well done, the zombie device got old quickly, and the whole thing could have been much better.
It was with all this evidence in mind that I
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies, humor, own, 2017
If you are an Austen purist, you probably will not like this.
If you are a zombie purist, you will probably not like this.

If you can accept two seemingly unrelated worlds colliding in a creative, fun, and gruesome tale that both pokes fun of and pays homage to each genre – step right up and check this out!

This book was a lot of fun! Every page had at least one quote that had me grinning. Seeing every disagreement that would have been handled as a polite argument in the original novel turn into a
Since I am known by my friends as a Jane Austen person, SEVENTEEN different people sent me the link to this publishing announcement. Even though the book won't be published for another two months, a friend managed to procure an advanced copy (aka Word doc of the finished product), and so I read it over the weekend.

That being said, it's rather unnecessary for anyone to read this novel in its entirety, even if it does sound amusing. The best plan is to read the first two or three chapters, and the
May 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
The movie was a billion times better than the book...
How often do you get to say that?

What a great idea! Take a universally loved classic and spice it up with some zombies! Honestly, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this thing. I just knew that it was going to be so much fun to read! I was wrong. Really wrong.


To start with, it wasn't funny. It tried to be funny, but it wasn't. It was completely stupid. I don't even think I can describe not funny it was! There were ninjas. Yes...ninj
Ahmad Sharabiani
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1), Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen

It is a mashup combining Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice (1813) with elements of modern zombie fiction, crediting Austen as co-author. It was first published in April 2009 by Quirk Books and in October 2009 a Deluxe Edition was released, containing full-color images and additional zombie scenes. The novel was adapted into a 2016 film starring Lily James and Sam Riley.

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Taking my cue from the emotional ratings of the goodreads star system (and I can only muster two stars for this book), I offer you a fully gut reaction to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

didn’t like it
1. The ninjafication of Lizzy and the Bennet sisters. It was completely idiotic. The book really should have been called Pride and Prejudice and Ninjas with Zombies to allow dumb ass Ultraviolence. Had Grahame-Smith simply employed the available military training of the Regency period and allowed
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When I saw the theme of the winter library challenge was “Classics Re-Mixed” I knew Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was going to be one of the five books I would read – or in this case re-read. I’m not a “re-reader” by nature, but P&P is one of my all-time faves that I own as a leather bound collection, a $7.00 B&N cheapy collection, a hardback and one I actually allow myself to read. Adding in the Zs to this timeless classic just
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is brilliant and hilarious.

This is a mash-up, meaning that Graham-Smith used the actual text of Jane Austin’s novel (she is listed as a co-author) and inserted his zombie story along the original storyline.

The trouble with most horror stories, whether print or film, is poor writing. Someone may have a great concept, but setting that down on paper is too difficult, or that someone can create some good scenes or segments, but stringing them together results in a t
Alisa Kester
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Um...oh my gosh...what to say? A quarter of me thinks I should be outraged, the other three-quarters is insanely giggling at the very idea, and then there's the very small uncounted minority of me that is throwing her fist in the air and screaming "Finally! This is the best idea ever!"

And now that I've read it?

Well, actually, I still think it's pretty darn good idea. It was weird reading it though, because the "zombie mayhem" fit so well into the story that I kept catching myself stopping after
Jan 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: meh, 2016
I'm sorry to say but this one didn't work for me, at all.

To begin with, this is almost a word for word copy of Pride and Prejudice, the zombies are mentioned but not really used. They are just a setting, there's no plot involving them, no battle, nothing! Believe me, I read on and on waiting for something to happen but nothing did.

Sadly, one of the little few changes that the zombies brought with them was not a good one. In the original Lizzy is not really special, she doesn’t sing, play, draw
Ramona Popescu
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pride and Prejudice has always been my favorite novel, beginning with the amazing period Jane Austin describes and ending with the wonderful characters we all love and come to consider icons. Mr.Darcy will always be an example of book boyfriend, even if he is stubborn, proud and judgmental. But, you know, being in a love hate relationship with a guy only add spices to the boiling feeling and you tend to come up with excuses all the time. And adding that he is hot, kind of puts all of the above i ...more
Sammy Loves Books
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Zombie Fans and Pride and Prejudice fans
Recommended to Sammy by: Lindsey Beyer aka LB
OMG!! I Can't Wait to see the Movie!!!
Time for a quick re-read!!!

save yourself

Oh what a humorous re-telling of one of my most favorite love stories. Neatherfield is overrun with zombies, which are referred to as unmentionables, and Mr Darcy is a well respected zombie killer.

eat fresh

Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are well known for their training in the fine art of zombie killing. Lady Catherine shows no respect to Elizabeth because she was never tutored by a Japanese samurai, but received her training from a Chi
Jul 06, 2009 rated it liked it
A true dismemberment of the grand classic; a dissection that adds in extra flavor where absolutely none was needed. Like salt to a wound... but somewhat, somehow... enjoyable?

The story is EXACTLY the same, the prose, too. No wonder Jane Austen gets credit for it. Grahame-Smith adds on zombie mayhem in parts that, well, really only need decor. I give this a three star rating because the showdown between Lady Catherine and Lizzy is something that an outrageous, if not stoned, mind can very well co
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
this book is a beautiful fantasy, as if someone reached into my head, pulled out two of my dearest loves, and put them together in such a brilliantly captivating fashion as to make me giggle aloud quite inappropriately in public places where i happen to find myself reading.

any lover of jane austen or of zombies needs to get their hands on a copy of this.

and the illustrations? priceless.
Vanessa J.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: retellings, 2016, zombies
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in posession of brains must be in want of more brains.

I did not like Pride and Prejudice. In fact, I read it only for reading this book after. I thought this was gonna be a good laugh, that it would be satirical and that it would relieve me of tye boredom I felt with P&P, but either I have no sense of humour or this book was a fail.

So... zombies. They should have made P&P more entertaining because they're, well, zombies, but they only made thi
Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009, never-again

Don't buy this book. I did, and I'm regretting my AU$24.95.

It's good as a gimmick, but, as cocky as I'm coming across here, I know I could have written one far better. The problem with P&P as it is originally is that it is a complete story in itself, and therefore to do anything truly interesting with it, you need to change a lot, not a little. Grahame-Smith had this mentality where he didn't actually change the storyline; he just inserted zombies
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG OMG OMG. This book was amazzzing!! I was really prejudiced (pun intended) and refused to read it for years. But i saw the promo pictures of the film and i love the actors and the production seemed great, so i said 'why not?', and i did read it and i will forever LOVE it.

Its the classic book you love with a twist. And since ,fantasy, darkness and zombies are also my thing i was okay with them and also they mixed well with Jane Austen. Lizzy was a badass fighter and i loved her even more in th
Kim Annabella
Jan 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of some sweet weaponry to defeat the hoards of zombie flesh eating natives"

Evelyn (devours and digests words)
It should be universally acknowledged that this book is quite simply... an embarrassing piss-poor piece of attempt that tries too hard to be clever.

There is one reason why I agreed to pick up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

To escape.

From reality? Definitely. But in the case here, what I really wanted to escape from was the endless conversations about balls and marriages and all things that I found uninteresting in Austen's version. The classics, as universally loved as it is, bored me out of
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Never was this truth more plain than during the recent attacks at Netherfield Park, in which a household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead.

This book, very simply put, is Pride and Prejudice meets Dawn of the Dead. It’s the classic story, rewritten to include zombies, also known as “unmentionables” and “the sadly stricken.” I felt that the author, Seth
Jun 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I was under the impression that this would by and large be Pride and Prejudice intact with the simple insertion of zombies in some places. Rather, it is very nearly an entire rewrite of the original, and not an improvement upon it. Grahame-Smith takes it upon himself to explain and over explain the characters and their emotions and actions, rather than letting Austen's original writing stand for itself, as it has done quite successfully previously. The idea is clever, the execution mediocre at b ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This book is sheer ridiculousness. If you are a die hard true loyal Jane Austen fan, you will not like this book. If you are peeps like me on the other hand, who don't really relate that much to Pride and Prejudice, you should pick it up. No, it is not a great work of fiction but it's super fun.

I did notice that everyone in this book is described as handsome, especially the ladies. They are not pretty but they are handsome. That was something that annoyed me in the real Pride and Prejudice but
Blacky *Romance Addict*

It's not the zombies. It's the writing.
The Crimson Fucker
Mar 24, 2009 rated it liked it
This is the biggest case of false advertisement that I’ve seen since The Never Ending Story!!! They claim that in this book you’ll find some Ultra-Violent Zombie Mayhem… but they lie!!! They lie I say!!!! They only have a couple of scenes with some mild zombie violence and that’s it! the rest is a bunch of letters where some reference to some zombie violence happened somwhere is made… and that’s it! then there is a lot of talk about learning kung fu and shit! this book suck! And the worse of it ...more
Jul 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: humor-satire
I was excited to read this one. Unfortunately the whole gimmick with the zombies wore thin pretty quickly, especially because they rarely made an appearance and when they did never served any purpose. I'm not quite sure who this book is made for. Zombie/horror fans will grow bored waiting for something to happen and Austen fans may not enjoy the idea of someone reworking the book. I'm somewhere in the middle, not an avid Austen or zombie fan but enjoy both. But it doesn't work for me either. Sti ...more
Apr 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mashups, zombies
There's an old Calvin and Hobbes comic strip in which Calvin, like he is wont to do, goes off on a particularly wild flight of fancy about T-rexes flying F-14s and bombing his school. The joke of the strip is Calvin shrieking happily "THIS IS SO AWESOME!" while Hobbes sighs "THIS IS SO STUPID".

That is pretty much the exact right description for this book. It is sublimely silly, capable of being so over the top that you cannot help but laughingly go along with it, even while you're muttering "oh
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book, being both a Pride and Prejudice fan, as well as a horror junkie.

I honestly wouldn't have gotten through it if it weren't for the fact that I love the original Pride and Prejudice. Reading P&P&Zombies is like reading the original, just with a few mentions of zombies and the occasional fight scene. Which is fine, but honestly, this book could have been so much better.

For one thing, I don't really see much of a point in writing a book that deviates so little from
Liz Janet
Dec 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
It is a truth universally acknowledged than re-imagining classics with zombies comes out as a pile of trash when written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Was that too mean? I think it was, but I believe it to be true.
Ninjas? That was the brilliant revolutionary idea? Not the zombies, but ninjas? And then the zombies have nothing to add to the story? Brilliant. No, just no.
Characters acting nothing like themselves? Oh so fun, since it has worked perfectly for others before to completely change the way a
Madeleine Knutsson
I just can't. I have to read this books for class but I been trying for over a month to finish this book but I just can't. I guess I have to fake it until I make it on my paper because there is no way this book will be ever finished.

Läst till Konsten att skrämmas –skräcken i kulturen 7,5 hp
Ashley Daviau
Feb 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m really not a fan of Jane Austen, I find her writing incredibly boring. But I thought zombies might make it more interesting. Sadly that was not the case and it somehow became even more boring which I honestly didn’t think was possible. This is hands down one of the most mind numbing, painfully dull books I’ve ever put myself through and I’m surprised I didn’t die of boredom by the end of it. On a brighter note, I’ve already read the most terrible book I’ll read in 2019 so at least that’s out ...more
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