Original Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Quirk Books
Number of Pages: 335
First Sentence: “It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
“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.
Ok, so I have never read the original version of this story, a.k.a the one without zombies, and probably never will (yeah I know, shame on me). I read Jane Eyre and lost the will to live. However, add in some zombies and these stories actually become pretty great. With Jane Eyre I read the one with werewolves and stuff (or Jane Slayre more like) and really liked it.
I love Elizabeth. She is a fierce woman who really don’t give a shit. The fact that Jane Austen wrote a character like this during her time must have been revolutionary. Lizzie is a proper badass and I absolutely love her. She might seem a little cold but she is fiercely loyal to the people she loves.
Darcy is a bit of a douche, or at least seems like it. Emotionally constipated is something both Darcy and Lizzie are and to be honest, it can be quite hilarious. I love watching their relationship develop and for much of the book it seems like they will always strongly dislike each other.
The plot is really interesting, although there is a lot that just seem to be filler. I wish there had been more concerning the emergence of the zombies and why it keeps happening. I might actually have to read the original story now just to see if it is as good as this was.
Do I recommend it?