'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is SO getting added to my Amazon wishlist

Prideprejudicenightlivingdead_lPride 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:
Interactive EW Gallery: The Zombie Movie Preparedness Kit!
Photo Gallery: George A. Romero’s Living Legacy
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

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  • Allison

    The fact that this is going to exist pains me greatly. Way too completely ruin one of the greatest works of literature.

  • Kerry

    Simon, seriously? Hip hop, zombies and Regency lit? Are you the perfect man?
    Do you think they could have a World War P and get Max Brooks to write some first person accounts, Regency-style?

  • steph

    I’M SO EXCITED!!! my inner caroline bingley thinks this will be more refreshing than a vigorous turn about the room.

  • Stella

    Allison take a chill pill. P&P is one of my all-time favorite books, but I see nothing wrong with a zombie parody. The day we stop laughing at ourselves, we will…I can’t remember the full quote. But I do think that Jane Austen, a of irony and humor, would have enjoyed the idea herself. Mr. Darcy and zombies….can’t wait.

  • Stella

    Allison take a chill pill. P&P is one of my all-time favorite books, but I see nothing wrong with a zombie parody. The day we stop laughing at ourselves, we will…I can’t remember the full quote. But I do think that Jane Austen, a master of irony and humor, would have enjoyed the idea herself. Mr. Darcy and zombies….can’t wait.

  • Cristina

    No, no, no! Please tell me it’s not true. Why not Northanger Abbey?

  • Dysthymia83

    The curiosity factor alone will lead me to pick this up. All hail the public domain!

  • Mozz

    Oh, i’ve seen a couple of New York Play productions that changed the text of plays to include Zombies… it’s been the thing for a few years now…
    My favorite one thus far, Twelfth Night of the Living Dead!

  • Gina

    Allison and others who share her opinion – do you have any idea what a good zombie film/story entails? Some of what your precious P&P and other good stories about the human condition do. It pains ME that people do not recognize this. It isn’t about the gore and scares, it’s about the meaning underneath it all. Zombies especially represent something the majority of mankind fears – death. And of course they are simply entertaining. :) It won’t ruin the original, it’ll just take it for a little ride.

  • Sarah

    how awful! i enjoy reading p&p spinoffs as much as the next darcy stalker, but zombies?! that’s called being ridiculous! ugh, can’t anything be done to stop this crap from happening? poor jane austen must be groaning in her grave

  • Cara

    This. Is. Awesome.
    For those of you who don’t think so: calm down. This isn’t a “reimagining” or a modernization of any kind, it’s not like them adding sports stars to “Clue”. This is about zombies, straight up. It’s about the zombies, man. They could add zombies to freakin’ Shakespeare and it would only make it better.

  • meg

    P&P is my fave book and this is amazing. All my male friends will be getting it for christmas.

  • Cara K

    Simon, I know that pointing this out makes me a pedant, but I’m going to do it anyway: Jane Austen actually spells Elizabeth Bennet’s nickname as “Lizzy,” not “Lizzie.”
    It’s a common mistake, particularly in people more familiar with the film & TV adaptations of P&P than with Austen’s version… ;-)

  • Paul

    I am not shy when admitting that I find most of Austen’s work painfully tedious 90% of the time. I am, however, quite sure that the addition of Zombies to P&P will render the story tolerable. I am already on the wait list.

  • Jann

    Steph, I was all set to kvetch about this monstrosity, but then I read your “My inner Caroline Bingley thinks this will be more refreshing than a vigorous turn about the room,” and I had to stifle a sudden case of the snickers. Oh, all right, HAVE your rotten old zombies, but please let them get Lady Catherine first.

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