love…and zombies

On one of my last days of work, a colleague and I decided to hold an "audiobook day", in which we’d sit next to each other and listen to the same audiobook. I downloaded one in preparation from a lovely LJ community and we spent close to eight hours engrossed in the story, and totally zoned out to all the other people in the room. I think all our other colleagues found that very annoying, by the way…

The book that held us spellbound was "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Seth Grahame-Smith (and Jane Austen, of course). I picked it because the girl I was listening to it with is an English major and I figured she’d know the original Pride and Prejudice and get some enjoyment out of the Zombie twist. It was great. The story is pretty much the same, since the characters are all the same and most of the lines are the same. Mrs. Bennet is still embarrassingly shallow and flaky, Mr. Bennet still spends most of his time in the library, Mr. Collins still marries Lizzie’s friend instead of her, Lydia and Mr. Wickham still end up together, Jane and Mr. Bingley are still in love, etc etc. But the twist is that there is a strange plague in England that makes zombies out of people unless they are beheaded after death. These zombies go around the country killing people (quite gruesomely, in fact, they split open skulls and eat brains). Luckily, Elizabeth and her sisters are trained in the deadly arts. The zombies are interjected into the story every so often, for example, instead of music lessons, Lizzie and her sisters will be at their afternoon sparring lesson in the dojo. And Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth do not only spar verbally, but she sends him flying into the mantlepiece one afternoon. One zombie invasion (I think it was during one of the balls) leads Mr. Bennet to cry out, "Girls, the pentagram of death!" much in the manner of a football coach calling positions before the start of each play.

I don’t want to give away much of the zombie part of the story, there were so many twists and turns that had us going, "wait, what just happened?". It was done very well, we’d be all focused on the romantic part of the story and forget it was an adaptation and then all of a sudden muskets and daggers and high kicks would come roaring in.

Plus, you gotta love the cover.

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4 thoughts on “love…and zombies

  1. Anonymous says:

    Lotte
    You totally made me really curious! It seems like a great book with many exciting moments. I’d love to read it in our bookclub πŸ˜€

  2. Anonymous says:

    Lotte
    You totally made me really curious! It seems like a great book with many exciting moments. I’d love to read it in our bookclub πŸ˜€

  3. Anonymous says:

    Lotte
    You totally made me really curious! It seems like a great book with many exciting moments. I’d love to read it in our bookclub πŸ˜€

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