Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Book Review~Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Author: Seth Grahame-Smith
Publisher: Quirk Classics
Pub Date: May 1st 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 319
Genre: Fantasy, Humor, Historical Fiction

Synopsis: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. 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. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

Rating: 9/10
Source: Bought.
Cover Talk: This cover is so cool! It catches everyone's eyes! And I'm not even kidding. Even people who didn't know about Pride and Prejudice asked me what this book was about because the cover caught their eye.

My Thoughts: Wow! I loved this book! I was not expecting to, I mean I was excited about reading it but then I was also nervous that what if this turns out to be a disaster. But it didn't! I know some of you might not agree with me and believe me I love Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice but this book wasn't that bad.

The zombie twist in the story was pretty interesting. And it was very well presented, in my opinion. I really enjoyed reading it. I found it funny how everyone was so used to people dying because of zombies that they didn't mind much when someone died in front of them. In fact, they were pretty cool about it.

The changes in the story, like the thing about Charlotte and Lady Catherine, they were all very interesting variations and gave the book it's own identity instead of being a retelling with very little original content.

My favorite part was reading those famous dialogues changed into something funny and zombie-related. Here are some of my favorites:

"Have your ninjas left you?"
"We never had any ninjas."
"No ninjas! How was that possible? Five daughters brought up at home without any ninjas! I never heard of such a thing. You mother must have been quite a slave to your safety."

"You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the slightest grief which I might have felt in beheading you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner."

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it if you are in the mood of reading something different. I think you will enjoy this if you have read Pride and Prejudice and if you read this one with an open mind and not with the intention of comparing and analysing it.

About The Author:

Seth Grahame-Smith (born Seth Jared Greenberg) is an American author, screenwriter and film producer. He is best known for his novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter which both hit the New York Times' best seller list. Seth Grahame-Smith lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Erin, and his son, Joshua.


  1. I think this is one of the books that some people absolutely love, and others hate because the zombie twist is just too weird. I was thinking of giving it a try, and your review convinced me it's worth it. For some reason, it gives me the impression that it's not a book that has to be taken too seriously.... just enjoyed.

    Oana @All Fantasy Worlds

    1. You are completely right! It's just a book to be enjoyed. If it's taken too seriously, it takes the fun out of the experience. You should definitely give it a try! I hope you like it! :D

  2. Wow. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?? I didn't even know such books existed!! XD Sounds like a fun, quirky, tongue-in-cheek read. I wonder what my Literature profs at university would've said about this.. Would they have pooh-poohed it, or loved it?? I guess I will never know ;)

    1. Haha! I'm pretty sure they wouldn't have liked it. :P
      As the comment above says, this is a book that should not be taken seriously. Otherwise it takes the fun out of reading it. It is a really great book if you read it with an open mind :)
      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting!! :D


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