28 September 2011

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Quirk Classics
Published: 4th April 2009
Pages: 317
Main Characters: Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy
Date Started: 26th July 2011
Date Finished: 1st August 2011
Rating Given: *

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead.

Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.

I am a huge fan of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice well in the film/TV as I haven't actually read the book as I had tried on of Jane Austen's other books but I couldn't understand the language so I didn't want to be put off. I am also a huge fan of anything Paranormal especially with romance involved so it was obvious to me to give this book a try and I was very much looking forward to reading it. I am feeling after reading it that I should never have gone anywhere near this book it was such a disappointment. The only reason why it got one star was because I love Pride and Prejudice so much and it most part that was what it was and if it didn't have Zombies in the title it would have gotten the full five stars. With Zombies in the title I was expecting blood, guts and gore but it wasn't that and when there was Zombies it just felt like it was glazed over. It was like the author decided to say oops forgot to put in the zombies best put some in here it just didn't sit right with me. It made it a dull story and that is definitely not what Pride and Prejudice is with me.
The characters wasn't right especially Lydia's character. Lydia starts of as a strong independent woman like her older sister Elizabeth but the way she ended up just didn't go with her character I can't imagine Lydia's character to stay at home and look after her husband she would want the best in life. If your going to change a character from the original book you should keep her that way not change them completely it just doesn't make sense.
I did love the illustrations in this book they where more dramatic than the actual story.
I have learned my mistake the hard way I should stay away from a remaking if I love the original as I will only be disappointed. Although some fairytales' have gone through a revamp and I love them so maybe I won't give up and just make sure I will like them.