Mar 25

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (P&P&Z)

With just two weeks until the highly anticipated release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the book reviews are beginning to come out. They include excerpts that reveal some plot details, including chivalry, minor characters, and … ninjas!

Entertainment Weekly‘s review gives the book an A- and discusses opposing Chinese and Japanese zombie fighting techniques in Regency England. Its excerpt reveals some of the nuances involved when Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy slay zombies together.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune‘s mostly positive review borders on giving spoilers when it comes to a few of the book’s minor characters (Wickham and Collins). It mentions that the end of the book contains a “Readers Discussion guide”, that actually asks, “Can you imagine what the book would be like without the zombies?” Yes, the reviewer can: “Something like Pride and Prejudice.”

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Mar 25

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has illustrations! Check out the first, where we’re guessing the Bennet sisters are slaying some zombies at the Meryton Assembly.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Illustration 1

The book comes out this April 8, 2009! We have pre-ordered our copies and we’re all over this book like Caroline Bingley after some Darcy lovin’.

(Image is via Irreference, the book’s publisher.)

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Feb 18

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.

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Feb 16

Hollywood is dying to reach the coveted Jane-Austen-slash-Zombie fan demographic, with studios already fighting for the movie rights to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

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.

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Feb 16

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.

P&P&Z Author Grahame-Smith

Being a huge fan of both Jane Austen and zombie lit, I was already sold on this book, but if I hadn’t been,┬áthe 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.

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