BOOK: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I read Seth Grahame-Smith’s bastardization parody reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice out of curiosity. I saw it at a bookstore about a year ago, and then again in my sister’s library earlier this year, and I thought, What the hey. This could be pretty funny. So I took the plunge and read the book. It was certainly funny, the book — if funny is the right word. And while I commend Grahame-Smith’s agile adaptation — it can’t have been easy, injecting something as fantastical and terrifying and ridiculous as a zombie plague into the prim and somewhat sheltered world of a Jane Austen novel, and making the whole affair convincing — I don’t entirely like the overall product. Mostly because I just don’t like zombies. And gore. Which this novel has by the truck full. Still, it’s an amusing and clever creation, and one I would recommend if you were in the mood for a good laugh, or a broadening experience.

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