Seth Grahame Smith – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I had seen this book in bookshops and saw the cover and thought that sounds funny but can a whole book live up to a funny title, well the answer is most definitely NO.  This is the worst, laziest book pretending to be a pastiche that I have read all year.   Basically it is Pride and Prejudice with a short zombie attack thrown in every few pages, so I would recommend not bothering with this and just reading the original instead.

The back cover of the book  is probably the funniest part of it, but actually now going back and re-reading it, it’s not that funny either.  “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains”  As it also says Jane Austen is the author of masterpieces of English literature.  Seth Grahame Smith once took a class in English Literature (and it was obviously just the one).  He is American by the way.  He also doesn’t seem to understand that Priests can’t get married or their wifes go to seminaries with them.

Plot – exactly the same as Pride and Prejudice except that Elizabeth is a trained zombie slayer and zombies eat people’s brains every once in a while.  The only differences are Charlotte Lucas becoming a zombie and Wickham having a slightly more deserving punishment for his elopement with Lydia.

Overall, my advice is to do yourself a favour and not read it or unlike me if you read a few pages and think it’s crap, don’t carry on.  By the way found it hard to find many reputable reviews of this as most people writing for it are reviewers like the geeks of doom or sodom.Here’s a good picture I found in the Guardian.

Zombie Night of the living dead

Oh, Mr Darcy, you’re looking tasty … is that shirt wet?



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3 responses to “Seth Grahame Smith – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  1. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brand as successful and limited as the Jane Austen industry must be in want of diversification…. But the other obvious problem with monster mash-ups is that the joke very quickly grows old. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is often very funny, but by the third or fourth chapter you’ve well and truly got the idea.
    Stephanie Merritt ,The Observer.

  2. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies written by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen was going to be one of the best Zombie Romantic Comedy novels of 2009. What went wrong?
    (Probably the fact that this genre is a complete load of crap??? – Kerry)
    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’s complete and utter loss of follow-through in the development and research of this novel makes one wonder if the novel was created to promote the author himself or for solely revenue production. Whatever the reason, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a great idea that was not realized. If you wish to read this novel, your local library may be the best avenue to explore.

    Read more at Suite101: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies — A Review: Mixing Genres is Not Always a Good Thing

  3. Pingback: Can a sequel to a classic novel be a good thing? Death Comes to Pemberley – PD James | Rotten Books

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