Pride and Prejudice (and Zombies)

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Pride and Prejudice (and Zombies)

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Jane Austen, meet George Romero. Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies takes Austen's classic novel and spices it up for the modern zombie-loving age, an act sure to have the beloved novelist spinning in her grave ... or climbing out of it.

The official description on the book's Amazon.com listing reads as follows: "'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone crunching zombie action." Now, this isn't the first time that the author (of the zombie parts, not the rest of it) has tackled the living dead: Seth Grahame-Smith's other writing credits include How to Survive a Horror Movie.

I'm honestly kind of torn here. On the one hand, assuming I'm reading this correctly, it'll be the same Pride and Prejudice that people have read and loved for almost two centuries. I don't think Grahame-Smith is going to be changing too much of the story - Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are going to end up together in the end; they'll just have to crack some zombie skulls together along the way. So there's kind of no point to it, since it (by its very definition) can't affect the plot.

On the other hand? It's goddamn hilarious. The fact that somebody thought, "Hey, I freakin' love this masterpiece of English literature, but you know what it really needs? Zombies!" ... well, that's going to cheer me up for a good few days at the very least. It is a sad fact that classical literature is largely devoid of the living dead. Well, other than Dracula. ... and Frankenstein.

Okay, fine, classical literature is largely devoid of zombies. Everyone's so picky.

While zombies aren't quite on the level of giant robots when it comes to making everything they're in exponentially more awesome, the sheer audacity of the idea is enough to make me want to pick up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies when it hits shelves in May. How about you?

(Thanks to L.B. Jeffries for the tip!)

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Ok, I had a good laugh when I saw the cover and I'm seriously thinking of getting this book.

dalek sec:
Ok, I had a good laugh when I saw the cover and I'm seriously thinking of getting this book.

Already ordered. I'm hoping the BBC does a 6 part series on it as well.

Plus...when is Middlemarch going to get this treatment?

Saw this on Fark about a week back, and been laughing about it since. I'm going to pick up a copy, though I doubt I'll ever read it. Just one of those things you have on your bookshelf to make a snoopy guest do a double-take, plus a couple nails in Jane Austin's coffin (gods I hate her writing).

Now can I please get some Atlas Shrugged And Zombies?

L.B. Jeffries:

dalek sec:
Ok, I had a good laugh when I saw the cover and I'm seriously thinking of getting this book.

Already ordered. I'm hoping the BBC does a 6 part series on it as well.

Plus...when is Middlemarch going to get this treatment?

Who knows, if it sell's well enough the BBC might give a crack at it.

Khell_Sennet:
Saw this on Fark about a week back, and been laughing about it since. I'm going to pick up a copy, though I doubt I'll ever read it. Just one of those things you have on your bookshelf to make a snoopy guest do a double-take, plus a couple nails in Jane Austin's coffin (gods I hate her writing).

Now can I please get some Atlas Shrugged And Zombies?

That would be epic.

John Galt: It would appear that Galt's Gulch is the only place in the world not filled with Infected. Dagny, pick up that shotgun and let's go.
Dagny: But John, shouldn't we use our Reason and Rational Self-Interest to save the world?
John Galt: Yes, yes we should...let's call that Plan B.

You know what the funniest part is? Pride and Prejudice really did need Zombies. There is much discussion about the climax of the book- how it is structured, where it lies, where it should lie, and even how many there are. Reading the book can leave you feeling like there is still more narrative energy to be discharged by the end. I believe (but it has been a while) that the author herself even remarked the novel could have used an additional situation (read: disaster).

Maybe this author has provided the final perfect brushstroke to a cherished classic.

Well, the next natural step will be -

World War Z - Now with 50% more zombies!

Every time a zombie is killed, it splits and becomes 2 zombies >_>

Seriously, though - this is brilliant. I'll have to check it out.

Classic novel + zombies. The possibilities are endless! I'm currently working on The Adventures of (Zombie) Huckleberry Finn

dalek sec:
Ok, I had a good laugh when I saw the cover and I'm seriously thinking of getting this book.

Me too. I've got a feeling it will be a good/funny read.

dalek sec:
Ok, I had a good laugh when I saw the cover and I'm seriously thinking of getting this book.

Same, It does look rather good, plus How to survive a horror movie was great.

My girlfriend wanted me to read Pride and Prejudice for a long time, I wonder if this would would have shut her up? lol.

On a serious note it think this is a great idea and look forward to reading it

Wasn't Miss Haversham in Great Expectations a Zombie anyway?

I will definitely be reading that book.

Incidentally, I always thought How to Survive a Horror Movie was kind of a rip-off, given that a survival guide can be summed up in three simple instructions: "Don't be a black guy or a blonde, and you must be horrified by anything to do with sex."

Sounds brilliant, still I wonder how it will all will work out.

I was thinking Ayn Rand, until I realized that it would only help to strengthen the whole super-individualism thing.

CantFaketheFunk:
It's goddamn hilarious. The fact that somebody thought, "Hey, I freakin' love this masterpiece of English literature, but you know what it really needs? Zombies!" ... well, that's going to cheer me up for a good few days at the very least. It is a sad fact that classical literature is largely devoid of the living dead. Well, other than Dracula. ... and Frankenstein.

Yay for zombies!
I hope this trend continues. Imagine MacBeth, but instead of the moving bushes you got hordes of zombies...

I think I would definitely prefer it to the original. As Mark Twain said: "Jane Austen's books, too, are absent from this library. Just that one omission alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it."

Hmmm...

The Bible And Zombies?

Khell_Sennet:
Hmmm...

The Bible And Zombies?

I would say "Oh My Sweet Zombie Jesus", but I might offend Christians. That means myself, too. So I won't say it. And I tell ya, I won't! YOU CAN'T FORCE ME TO!

Oh My Sweet Zombie Jesus!

Thas the way to make classic literature more popular, just sprinkle in some zombie!

Bertruam:
Thas the way to make classic literature more popular, just sprinkle in some zombie!

Porn works too, as does space marines, magic, or Vorlons. You can also get away with Vampires but ever since Twilight, and the emo pussification it resulted in, vampires don't seem so great anymore. I think the writer of Underworld realized just how suck vampires had become, which would explain why you so thoroughly root for the Lycans in the the latest film.

Porn works too, as does space marines, magic, or Vorlons. You can also get away with Vampires but ever since Twilight, and the emo pussification it resulted in, vampires don't seem so great anymore. I think the writer of Underworld realized just how suck vampires had become, which would explain why you so thoroughly root for the Lycans in the the latest film.

Exactly. Vampires have gone to from unstoppable beasts to whiny emo weaklings, But at least zombies are getting more impressive. I think the appeal of zombies in any medium (movies, games, or books)is that they are more realistic. With zombies, you are not screwed if one is after you. Any one could handle two or three, and they never get cheap kills(like popping out of a vent and tearing off you head, then escaping). Zombies also had a good start point. They were slow,stupid, and only dangerous in groups. With such low standards they can only go up from there. The problem is this idea of a foe that can be stopped spreads and makes other genres weaker. Which causing a rift in the horror movie genre between movies that have few easily dispatched enemies, and movies with a few basically immortal ones.

Vampires and Jane Austin would go very well together, I think. In Pride and Prejudice, Wickham is clearly a vampire, and Darcy is the vampire hunter. I suggested a film version a few years ago:

http://www.filmforensics.com/autopsy/2006/06/07/pride-prejudice/

Having said that, I admit I'd rather read a zombies version. The whole vampire subgenre has really been overworked lately.

Just bought the book. It makes me laugh in odd ways.

I really wanna read that sometime.

How about... Romeo & Juliet vs. Predator?

Cookie for the reference...

What the fuck?!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnndddd bought.

Edit:
I've just found this

Edit: And I've just realised the date of this thread. Score.

own the book. Being part classic, it is a bit slow, but hilarious when it works

This opens up a whole realm of ideas for stories that would be better with the inclusion of zombies. Stig of the dump with zombies, one can only imagine the awesome.

I think this is one of those cases where the setting for a George Romero style movie is bizarre enough to merit interest. The very idea of prim and proper young Victorian women, dispatching zombies with various weapons and karate kicks is giving me one of those tingly feelings that you probably don't want to hear about.

You know what would be even more awesome? If one of those girls was a ninja.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Wasn't Miss Haversham in Great Expectations a Zombie anyway?

South Park says yes.

Specter_:

CantFaketheFunk:
It's goddamn hilarious. The fact that somebody thought, "Hey, I freakin' love this masterpiece of English literature, but you know what it really needs? Zombies!" ... well, that's going to cheer me up for a good few days at the very least. It is a sad fact that classical literature is largely devoid of the living dead. Well, other than Dracula. ... and Frankenstein.

Yay for zombies!
I hope this trend continues. Imagine MacBeth, but instead of the moving bushes you got hordes of zombies...

You also get Sea Monsters in Sense and Sensibility, and Sea Monsters.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sense_and_Sensibility_and_Sea_Monsters

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