“It is impossible that he should still love me, unless, by kicking him into the mantelpiece during our battle at Hunsford, I affected some severe change in his countenance.”When I first heard about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I thought it was almost blasphemous—a desecration that had Jane Austen turning in her grave. The book uses Jane Austen’s original text, and infuses it with zombies, gore, and ninjas. To my purist ears, the book sounded like another opportunity for hacks to rake in a ton of money. I was completely wrong.
Heedless of the unmentionables (zombies) plaguing England, Mrs. Bennet aims to see all her five daughters married. Her hopes are brightened when a single man of fortune, Mr. Bingley, moves into a neighboring estate. Mr. Bingley’s friend, Mr. Darcy, a man more handsome and of even greater fortune, accompanies Bingley, and meets Elizabeth Bennet. Despite Elizabeth’s low birth and embarrassing relations, Mr. Darcy finds himself attracted to her wit and skill with a katana. As Ms. Austen herself says, sometimes the people we can’t stand are the ones we can’t live without.
I was surprised when I realized that the plot still followed the original Pride and Prejudice, only with a few added scenes that stayed as true as humanly possible to Jane Austen’s style. The book made me laugh with its sardonic, almost wicked, wit a lot of times, and I couldn’t put it down. Despite knowing that Mr. Darcy and Lizzie were going to end up together in the end, I just had to read the next fight with zombies.
Speaking of Lizzie and Mr. Darcy, I’m glad to say the book remained true to their characters. They were still the Lizzie and Mr. Darcy I first fell in love with when I read Pride and Prejudice years ago, despite wielding katanas and being skilled in the fighting arts. The same can be said for the other characters, like Mr. Bingley, Jane, Mr. Wickham, and even the idiotic Lydia.
Overall, the Pride and Prejudice in the title remained in the heart of the book, albeit a little splattered with zombie blood and gore. If you’re an Austen fan who’s into parodies, then this book is definitely for you.
Rating: 4/5 I wanted more zombies!