Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I just couldn’t bring myself to post a review of Cop and 1/2. I just couldn’t. Sorry.

I’ve got some longer posts in the works, but for now, I’d just like to share this with you all. It’s a little something called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It’s a book. It’s being published in April. And it’s exactly what it sounds like.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a zombie must be in want of BRAAAAINS....

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a zombie must be in want of BRAAAAINS....

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. 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 arrival of 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 blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen’s classic novel to new legions of fans.

Wow. I’m not really sure what to think about this. Is this brilliant, or simply another case of “zombies are hot right now, let’s see what else we can stick ’em in?” Don’t get me wrong — I’ll definitely be devouring this book (hah!) come April, but there’s something about this that just feels…well, cheap. Too easy. Its entire existence is owed to the hip status of both zombies and mashups. I hope it’s a great book, I really do, but something in my gut tells me that it’s going to turn out to be not much more than a gimmick.

I guess this means I’d better get started on War and Peace and Werewolves before this trend dies out.

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5 responses to “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  1. Why did I think this was supposed to be a movie.
    Really I’m not sure if I’m interested in this or not. I just really don’t see this accomplishing anything beyond odd novelty which may actually help it to sell some books.

  2. Pride and Predator: this new film will juxtapose brooding aristocrats with a brutal alien that lands in 1800s-era Britain, attacking residents and leaving them with neither sense nor sensibility, to be produced by Elton John’s Rocket Pictures.

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