I admit it. I was a weensy bit skeptical of what I thought would be a cut-and-paste experiment with zombies and the Bennett sisters. I had forgotten about it by the time I discovered my library had Kindle books I could rent and download by a Wi-Fi connection. (And let me just tell you, it feeds my addiction like nothing else. Going to the library while at home?? Brilliance.) Which is where I found Pride & Prejudice And Zombies. Since I was also reading Fat Vampire: A Coming of Age Story (see post about it below), which I expected to be completely ridiculous and entertaining (which it was, for a while...), I thought I might as well add something else that could potentially be humorous. Something to cheer me up in the post-holiday blues.
And fortunately, it exceeded my expectations.
I'm a physical, exclamatory reader. When something shocks me, I
gasp. When something twists and I didn't expect it to, I jump and
(sometimes) scream. When something scares me, I whisper and expletive
and then glance around apprehensively to make sure whatever it was
didn't pop out of the book. And when something is sad, I cry.
My husband had to put up with me shrieking in laughter every few
pages. The book is HYSTERICAL in ways that I didn't imagine. To give
you a taste:
"Miss Bingley, the groans of a hundred unmentionables would be more
pleasing to my ears than one more word from your mouth. Were you
otherwise not so agreeable, I should be forced to remove your tongue
with my saber." -Mr Darcy
Not only are there expanded
scenes with the Bennett sisters as the best zombie-fighting team in the
country (world?), a duel between Lady Catherine and Elizabeth, and
several sharp retorts about Charlotte Lucas, Mr. Collins, and Darcy,
there are whole new story twists and plot lines that I would never have
If you aren't really into absurdist humor, then maybe you should
just pick up the original and sink yourself into the lovely wit of Jane
Austen. (And the zombie version is much funnier if you've read the
BUT if you love zombies, re-tellings, or ridiculousness, I
highly, HIGHLY recommend this book as a laugh-out-loud, gory, cheeky
re-imagining of one of literature's most classic and renowned novels.