This book mixes Jane Austen's famous novel Pride and Prejudice with zombie stores. The book is very interesting, and surprisingly, actually made me understand the original story better!
Regency era was a conservative time with social orders and distinction among the ranks. Without basic understanding of the Regency, modern readers cannot really have the similar reading experiences as Regency readers.
This book cleverly intensifies the stories by adding the zombies, so we can relate(!) to the feelings of the Regency protagonists better. For example, it may difficult for modern readers to understand how great it was to dine in Rosings, and why everyone was in awe of Lady Catherine, if readers did not know the distinction among the ranks at the time. However, after knowing that Lady Catherine was the greatest zombie slayer at the time, it wouldn't be hard to imagine the excitement to visit Lady Catherine and Rosings.
The book has a minor defect that the zombie theme was not added evenly and Elizabeth seemed to have double personality by being both a warrior and a reserved Regency woman. However, it offers a fresh interpretation to the original work. So, if you like zombies or would like to understand how marvelous the original story was in a Regency reader's view, I would definitely recommend the book....Continua
To some there may be cognitive dissonance, but I thoroughly enjoyed the mashup.
Brilliant. How to take a 200 years old novel of manners and make it into a romantic comedy with zombies, borrowing the tagline from "Shaun of the Dead".
Rather suprisingly, brain-chewing monsters (integral part of the british landscape, as everybody knows), gore (often uncalled for, yay!), sexual double-entendres (lift your antennas) fit perfectly into this classic. They actually improve it, so that you wish Jane Austen herself had thought of this - sparing far too many yawns to generations of innocent students.
I would say the new version is not only more fun than the original, but it even makes more sense!
Many of the rather nonsensical (to my eyes) behaviours, induced by weird social rules, are replaced by more logical and pragmatic reactions* - with the same developments and end results, obviously, but not leaving the reader with the feeling of having been tricked by the author and all this social-status rubbish.
*Spoiler ahead. Darcy's behaviour in the original novel puzzles me, it doesn't feel quite right. But what if he suspected Jane was stricken by the zombie plague? Indeed, that IS a valid reason to talk your friend out of marriage. Zombies = win....Continua
I really enjoyed this funny version with zombies and warriors and with a new Lizzie.
The boik is only for fans of Jane Austen book that will like to read her words with some modification that make you laugh out loud...