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Jane Austen and Zombies?

February 24th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

I heard about this book awhile ago and thought it was just a one off, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith.  But today I saw an article in Shelf Awareness that several other titles are in the works-“a version of Wuthering Heights in which Catherine returns as a ghost to terrorize Heathcliff; a Jane Eyre title that features more than an insane wife in the attic; and a Mill on the Floss “powered by human sacrifice.”

As many of you know Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book and it makes me cringe that zombies and Pride & Prejudice are being mashed together.   That being said I have to admit that I am curious how it will be done and if the book would be any good.  I just don’t know if I can stand to see my favorite book being butchered.  Guess I’ll have to hold off judgement until I actually read it (if I ever do).

Posted in Books, General Fiction

2 Responses

  1. lilly

    I’ve heard about this one and I am, like you, curious about it. It does seem like an interesting spin-off.

  2. Mike

    I feel your pain

    I just posted the following litany on someone else’s blog, who was singing the praises of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” I couldn’t hold it in. I feel bad now. I was mean to someone on their own blog. :(

    Anyway, here it is:

    I must ask, why read these when you can read something that has endured the test of so many years as Jane Austin’s original work? If you haven’t read everything from Pride and Prejudice through Northshire Abbey, then you should. And if you have, look to Dickens, who is at least as great an author, and who certainly has a broader view of the world than Jane Austen could have hoped to attain.

    Of course, you may also have a reason why these fabulous re-renderings are more enjoyable than the originals. Maybe I am only being conceited. I have this perverted conception that every minute of life must be put to good and productive use, and thus I wretch at the thought of spending 10 hours or more reading something called “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” I’m am sure that such a read must be very enjoyable, but what can be enjoyed more than the turn of events that leads to Emma’s loss of faith in her judgment of others in “Emma,” or the strange circumstances that lead a young woman to trot several miles in the mud in Pride and Prejudice? in very few places have I seen more skillfully crafted irony and social commentary (albeit applied in a very small scope) than in the original Jane Austen works. But I haven’t read “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” so I can not know how great and how culturally relevant “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is.

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