Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen and Seth Graham-Smith

How can you resist the temptation to read a book that is half (ok way more than half) Jane Austen and half zombie ?

The plot is very similar to the one in the original Pride and Prejudice, since Seth Graham-Smith used the Austen book and added to it zombie fiction. In a parallel period as Regency-era England, a plague has made life completely ruled by the existence of the undead. They roam the countryside and people in villages and cities live secluded. Men know how to fight but women are expected to stay at home. Mr Bennet, having had only daughters, disagrees with this vision and teaches his daughters martial arts. 


This book is entirely awesome !

I understand if some people feel uneasy thinking that books like these (since others have arisen ever since like Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters) are ruining the original masterpieces. And since you simply don't touch Jane Austen. 

But this book doesn't ruin the original story as much as it emphasizes it. Seriously. I feel that Elizabeth's badass attitude in the zombie version gives justice to her character in a way that Jane Austen could have never written in the 1800.
And I will say something for which all Jane Austen fans will instantly behead me as part of an atrocious ceremony: it totally makes sense ! And if you have read a few of my reviews you'll know that no matter how crazy a plot is, as long as it makes sense, I'm a fan. Seth Graham-Smith has taken Pride and Prejudice and added the zombies and it makes sense. It is as if the book was made to receive the zombie treatment (ok I'm officially on the Jane Austen fan club hitlist now). Or maybe I just have a very personal sense of humor...

There are so many hilarious sentences in this book, twisted from their original sense, that I can't even quote anything, you'll just discover it while reading. Plus there are some very cool illustrations in the book. But that's just because I think zombie is the new trendy.

So I would definitely advise this book to people with a sense of humour (zombie in particular), with a zombie passion and with a liking for strong heroines. But also to the fans of Jane Austen since  it gives you the opportunity to reread the book in a new light. *dodging a bullet* No seriously, you'll love it ! *dodging a hammer* Okay okay, Jane Austen can choose not to read it !

Funny Fact: at the end of my edition, there is a Reader's Discussion Guide, and I feel obliged to share with you the last question because it made me laugh so much:
Some scholars believe that the zombies were a last-minute addition to the novel, requested by the publisher in a shameless attempt to boost sales. Others argue that the hordes of living dead are integral to Jane Austen's plot and social commentary. What do you think? Can you imagine what this novel might be like without the violent zombie mayhem?

*grinning* I LOVE this book !

Cheers guys, have a good Friday !


  1. Thank God it was good, because I bought it yesterday and I kinda regretted it afterwards.

  2. yes, fun read. and you'll like the prequel too. dawn of the dreadfuls!

  3. I'm actually really glad to see someone bigging this one up, because I think it's a fun idea and has potential to be hilarious. The reason I haven't read it myself is that I think the joke would get old too quickly, and actually I just don't like Jane Austen enough to reread P&P, even with zombies! I'm totally amused by your review though. :D