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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

The original Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books. I love Elizabeth Bennet. And Mr. Darcy while being a little bit stuck up and horrible in social settings makes a wonderful character to be the one that ends up falling in love with her. I was very concerned that this book was going to deviate too much from the original and end up being a horrible rendition. I was wrong. Maybe it could have actually gone further from the original story. It was exactly the original story with a few added pieces. Also they cut a few less significant things out. While reading, you don’t even notice the omission. The lack of pages and the fact that you get to the end so much faster makes it pretty obvious though.

I wish that there were more zombies. I love that Elizabeth was a zombie hunter. But other than that the story doesn’t change much. They run into zombies on the road on their way to go places and Elizabeth is always the strong one that kills them all. Not to say that her sisters aren’t equally skilled in the “deadly arts”. It’s just that she seems to be the one that steps up the most. Even in the original book she was always the strongest of the sisters. This just also makes her the deadliest. Her next door neighbor friend, the one who married the twit cousin, turned into a zombie. I wish that it had been the cousin. What a schmuck.

There was something that I questioned. I guess that it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t find something. But this one was kind of glaringly obvious. How did a poor family like the Bennets afford to go to China to train “in the deadly arts”? How did they get there? How did they find their ninja master? And they built a Dojo on their property. None of these things seem like something a poor family would do.

Also, I can’t believe that Lydia was ok with being married to a man that was strapped to a bed for the rest of his life. But she was still beyond thrilled and gloating to everyone. I think that they had that in there just to stay with the original work. Ok, there was one place where I thought that it deviated a little strangely. Lady Catherine was a renowned Zombie hunter? What? She is supposed to be this little hunched feeble shadow of a woman who thinks that she is the most important person on the face of the earth. This rendition of her makes her seem to have a legitimate claim to that. So with things like this I believe that it had some strange parts.

My favorite thing was probably when Elizabeth kicked Mr. Darcy into the fireplace when he proposed. It was exactly what I felt she should have done in the non-zombie version. That was very gratifying. I bet it felt good for her too.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2013 in Books

 

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Failure to finish books and the books I read instead.

I am in the middle of reading “The Iliad” by; Homer. This is the second time that I am in the middle of reading it. This is also the second time that I have put it down and had a hard time picking it back up. I keep getting distracted by other books. Other significantly more interesting books.

First it was “The Eyes of Darkness” Which I recently reviewed. And just now I started “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by; Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

Normally a title like that would not pick my interest. But I was instructed by a friend to try them. So I bought this one. Skeptical I started reading. Now I have only read the forward, but the author is hysterical! Now I can’t wait to get into it. Why on earth would I waste my time reading a book that spends pages telling me this family came from this land, with this many boats, and this many horses, and this family came from this land, with this many horses, and so on. I am telling you pages of that. That’s when I put it down. UHG! I don’t care. Also, do we have to make an offering to the gods before we do everything? Could we please just raise our swords and start killing people? Really!

I realize that Jane Austen was probably rolling over in her grave when this book was published. She was probably sitting over Grahame-Smith’s shoulder laughing saying “Ha! This garbage will never get published”. My biggest concern is that I love the original. I may go as far as to say that it is my favorite love story of all time. I could watch the 6 Hour rendition of it (the one with Colin Firth) over and over again. So yes I am concerned that it is going to ruin that. But at the same time, I love Zombies and all things that go bump in the night. Throw in a great love story and some fun witty commentary and I may like this as much as my vampires. Oh I am very excited to read this now. Maybe I will go back to my snooze fest after this one.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Books

 

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