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.