Read a Book!: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

May 24, 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

I have not read the rough draft version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (that, for some reason, bookstores also sell), but I imagine it is much like other Victorian Era women’s literature: vapid, shallow teen and twenty-something girls having polite conversations with each other waiting for some guy to propose getting hitched with them. Jane Austen must have wanted to buck the trend with her final draft, so she asked for assistance from Seth Grahame-Smith, noted hippie and zombie lover. How does he help? He adds kung-fu training and battling zombies to the girls’ things to do. It improves the book significantly. I cannot imagine ever reading the rough draft.

It was a quick read (319 pages, less than 24 hours). I did not notice any major tell between Austen’s vapid writing and Grahame-Smith’s writing in tone (though it is kind of obvious in subject matter). And no zombie nightmares that usually occur when I read zombie-related materials. I enjoyed it (though mayhaps renting it from the library would be the way to go here; no need to give money to hippies and Victorian Era women’s literature authors).

Read this Book!


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