(Image is via Irreference, the book’s publisher.)
We just got an indirect tip from one of the few insiders who’s read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies that Jane Austen’s original Pride and Prejudice text is unabridged with “maybe a few alterations”, and the incorporation of the zombie story is “absolutely amazing”. For many horror, fantasy, and sci-fi fans, this is going to be the first time they’ve read Jane Austen at all.
It’s been an ongoing trend to adapt Jane Austen stories, and especially Pride and Prejudice, to new settings (including Bollywood), to write sequels and new versions of the story from other points of view (like the Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman series), and even to add a modern sci-fi twist (as in Lost in Austen). But none of these stories reuse all of the original Austen text with little rewriting, as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is said to do. It’s gutsy — and I can’t wait to read it.
Other examples of literary classics that have been turned into successful zombie flicks include, according to /film, the 1943 film I Walked with a Zombie, a black-and-white rendition of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
We haven’t seen I Walked with a Zombie yet, but we Netflixed the DVD … so stay tuned if you want to hear more about it.
We’re itching to get our hands on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, which comes out March 13th, and we aren’t the only ones. This book has gotten so many pre-orders on Amazon that the publisher apparently gave the author a pony.
Being a huge fan of both Jane Austen and zombie lit, I was already sold on this book, but if I hadn’t been, the author’s Valentine’s day blog post from Darcy to Elizabeth would’ve sold me.
Seth Grahame-Smith, we’ll be watching you. We like your brains.