Monday, March 7, 2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

5899779Goodreads Says:    “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.

My Thoughts:

-    This book was really fun, but it was also a bit cheesy. While I enjoyed the cheese, it got old towards the end.

-    I loved the Pride and Prejudice setting for a zombie book. I want to read more zombie books set in regency times.

-    I was really bugged that the author kept mixing up the different martial arts. I feel like there was NO research done on this part. The Bennet family was trained in Shaolin and Chinese arts cause their father doesn't like the Japanese, but the family has katanas and a dojo!?!? What the heck!? First of all the Bennet sisters would not know how to use katanas, secondly, they probably couldn't even afford katanas! Why do they have a dojo? That is also Japanese! It bugs me so much! I wish martial arts had been left out entirely and everyone were just skilled fighters. They could have used sabers which would have suited the setting a lot better. 

-    The heart eating was SO gross!! EW!

-    The book needs more zombies. I loved when the zombies invaded the ball at the beginning, and the sisters made a pentagon of death! That was so much fun! I wanted more stuff like that. I wanted to see more of the sisters fighting off zombies. The book mentions fighting zombies, and there are a few run in with zombies, but not a ton of action.

-    I liked how zombies were integrated into the classic Pride and Prejudice story, but I wish it had done more. A lot of the book is still the classic story, and there weren't as many twists and zombie fights as I wanted. 

-    There were a few mentions of the male anatomy that were supposed to be funny, and I just thought it was dumb and immature. 

-    Despite my complaints, I still thought it was a fun book, and I really want to see the movie. 


  1. I felt basically the same way about this book! (The martial arts thing drove me crazy too).
    The movie was pretty fun - Matt Smith as Mr. Collins and Lily James as Elizabeth were the highlights.

  2. I'm still happy to pass up the book and skip right to the movie on this one!

  3. Yeah, I just can't do it. I'm glad you liked it overall.

  4. I've thought about reading this, but worried that it would be too gimmicky. I’m glad you enjoyed it other than a few strange plot choices.

  5. I wonder if I'll feel the same way. I hope to get to it this month. We'll see.

  6. Ok I have to be honest... I had no idea about the difference in the martial arts. So that went right over my head. My husband is going to do some martial arts this week and I just keep calling it karate and he keeps telling me not to say that. :(

  7. I have never read any of the paranormal retellings of classic books but maybe one day I should try at least one!

  8. I'm glad you enjoyed the book overall. But I have to agree with Suey, I'm okay to skip the book and go straight to the movie. Because I loved it! :)