I feel like one of the last people to read this book. It was all over the blogs over the summer. This book was the October pick for my book club.
I don’t think I have anything original to say about the book that others haven’t already said. I think it was incredibly clever the way Seth Grahame-Smith incorporated the zombies into the rest of the story, quite seamlessly. Although at the end of the day, the book is still just Pride and Prejudice, and there were many moments that felt slow, and I thought the ninja-parts were just over the top.
That being said…I’m going to pick out my favorite parts:
1. The storyline of Charlotte and Mr. Collins
It was a very fitting end to that love connection. What a perfect fate for Charlotte. (Obviously I am not on team-Collins, although he did make me giggle in the original and in this version with all his pompousness).
2. Darcy’s proposal scene with Elizabeth
In the original, every sentence Elizabeth said to Darcy packed a punch of emotion and truth. Seth Grahame-Smith just made those punches more literal, but still kept in step with the verbal pacing of the scalding rejection.
I don’t want to recap the plot of Pride and Prejudice, because even with zombies, the plot is still exactly the same. My book club members agree that Elizabeth was well ahead of her time as a character, strong-willed and unconcerned about marriage and end-all to a happy life. Its no wonder so many women adore the story line, its full of twists and turns. I love that Jane Austen did not inflicted the boring love-at-first-sight theme on Elizabeth and Darcy, but rather gave them a large number of obstacles and challenges to overcome. I think that is a more realistic approach to how a relationship is formed between two people. Even though Jane and Mr. Bingley had their challenges, it was still a pretty predictable match.
All in all, this book was highly entertaining, but its not really in my top ten favorites of this year. The illustrations and reader’s guide questions at the end are hilarious. There were a few parts which felt really slow and I thought could use zombies to liven it up. Other parts (Elizabeth fighting Lady Catherine’s ninja’s) felt forced and out of place. I hope Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monster’s is just as entertaining though.
**Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith Quirk Classics, 2009 ISBN 1594743344 319 pages