Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen

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9 Critic Reviews

In short, Pride and Prejudice And Zombies is a great read bound to attract a new generation of readers to Austen’s timeless classic, albeit in a more gory setting...
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The New York Times Best Seller is now a major motion picture starring Lily James and Sam Riley, with Matt Smith, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey. 

This movie tie-in edition features 16 pages of color stills from the film, a reading group discussion guide, and other bonus materials.
 
“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, a bold reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic novel. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the bloodsoaked battlefield. Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an audacious retelling of English literature’s most enduring novel.
 

About Jane Austen

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One of England’s most beloved authors, Jane Austen wrote such classic novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Published anonymously during her life, Austen’s work was renowned for its realism, humour, and commentary on English social rites and society at the time. Austen’s writing was supported by her family, particularly by her brother, Henry, and sister, Cassandra, who is believed to have destroyed, at Austen’s request, her personal correspondence after Austen’s death in 1817. Austen’s authorship was revealed by her nephew in A Memoir of Jane Austen, published in 1869, and the literary value of her work has since been recognized by scholars around the world.
 
Published May 1, 2009 by Quirk Books. 345 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Stephanie Merritt on Dec 06 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is often very funny, but by the third or fourth chapter you've well and truly got the idea...

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Reviewed by Sahar on Mar 15 2010

In short, Pride and Prejudice And Zombies is a great read bound to attract a new generation of readers to Austen’s timeless classic, albeit in a more gory setting...

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Reviewed by Chris Bancells on Jan 31 2010

Had there been more of an effort to tell the story this way, I think the book would have become infinitely more entertaining. As it is, the light sprinkling of action and brain-eating simply isn't enough to make the new novel live up to its potential.

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Reviewed by Derek Emerson on Aug 13 2009

But without a doubt the most frustrating aspect of the book is that too often he takes Austen's work verbatim, and then throws in one line about zombies.

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Reviewed by Kristin Wilson on Sep 07 2011

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an excellent mash-up of the classic novel and zombies. The addition of the ‘unmentionables’ flows so easily with the book it is hard to remember that the novel was originally written without the zombie invasion.

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Reviewed by Anthony Chieffalo on Aug 11 2010

Overall, the zombies play a backseat role in this novel. If you intend to read this book looking for zombies, you will find that the instances with the living dead are scattered throughout chapters upon chapters of gossip and romance.

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AV Club

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Reviewed by Donna Bowman on Apr 16 2009

Grahame-Smith simplifies Austen’s complex verbiage to a degree, but retains her enchanting style and vocabulary.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum on Apr 08 2009

But the greater achievement 
of the book may lie in the satisfying desire it awakens to read the remix and the original side by side.

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Reviewed by Mark Bonington on Mar 18 2011

The writing itself is seamless, and many readers will not notice until startlingly late that they have just entered a scene of raw carnage.

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