Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is exactly what it sounds like: The upcoming novel will reprint the text of Jane Austen’s 1813 classic Pride and Prejudice, only rewritten to include tons of gory zombie action sequences. As an appreciator of Regency literature, I must differ with a recent press release’s claim that author Seth Grahame-Smith’s additions have "spruced up the ‘duller’ moments in the book." Pride and Prejudice is probably the most formally perfect novel in the English language; what dull moments, dude? However, as an appreciator of Regency literature who also appreciates pop-culture portrayals of the undead, I am officially beyond stoked for this book.
Another press release informs me that the novel opens as follows: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." Too true! Having read that sentence, I am very much in want of more zombified Austen, please. Lizzie Bennet fending off a ravenous, staggering Mr. Collins with stinging witticisms and/or a shovel…Mrs. Bennet fretting that Mr. Bennet will surely be killed in a duel with Wickham because Wickham is totally a vicious zombie…the possibilities are endless. The only way I could be more excited for this is if it were being penned by my favorite zombie-lit author, Max Brooks. Best of all, a rep for publisher Quirk Books just told me that they’re considering moving up the June publication date because of all the online buzz Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is getting. As far as I’m concerned, the sooner the better. Anybody else getting hungry?
More on zombies and literature:
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Max Brooks’ World War Z got a well-deserved A review
EW rated three on-screen P&P adapatations
Another unusual Austen take-off, 2005′s awesome Bride & Prejudice, got an A– review