Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Book Review #801
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, with Jane Austen
Rating: zero stars (out of four)
*read July 15, 2009

As an avid Jane Austen fan this book looked like a hilarious tongue-in-cheek novel. The first couple chapters were hysterical. I loved the original Jane Austen text littered with random snippets of zombie craziness. Sure, the pictures were a little disturbing at times, but it was all in fun, right?

But as I got more into the story and the plot thickened I was struck by how violent the characters were becoming. I also didn't like the way the story was turning sour. The author was morphing Austen's beloved characters into blood-thirsty monsters. The author even took it upon himself to change some of the situations to the advantage of his zombie side-plot, which totally corrupted the characters and made them people without good morals. I was completely dismayed at this slight!

Now, I had never really considered myself a Jane Austen Purist before, but after reading this book and seeing how someone could pollute such a great book, it definitely made me one. If I had to choose one word to describe this book it would be Grotesque. I did not like the way it ended and I was really angry at the author for turning the noble character of Elizabeth Bennett into such a despicable person. There was one scene in particular that completely threw me into a fit of hysterics which I won't mention because it is bloody, sick, and untasteful.

I would never recommend this book. It could have been a funny aside to this much loved classic, but instead it chose to be a demoralizing piece of trash. That might seem harsh, but the way they handled the character turned my stomach and made me want to throw this book across the room.

No comments:

Post a Comment