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Thursday, August 18, 2011
Quirk Classics – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
The Quirk Classics are a series of books created by Quirk Books that take literary classics (now in the public domain) and with the help of talented authors blend them with aspects of pop culture phenomena.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is tagged as ‘The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!’ and is a reworking of Jane Austen’s classic ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by author Seth Grahame-Smith. Grahame-Smith is also the author of ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ of which a film adaptation is currently in production.
‘How does this concept work?’ I can hear you asking. The novel contains the original text by Jane Austen with added scenes and sub plots turning the inhabitants of the quiet English village Meryton into highly trained ninja zombie slayers or unfortunate victims of the plague.
The story follows Elizabeth Bennett to the defeat of the zombie threat menacing Meryton and the inevitable conclusion of her romance with Mr Darcy.
A brilliant concept, extremely well written and highly entertaining!
‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ was followed by ‘Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters’, ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls’ (the prequel), ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After’ (the sequel), my personal favourite ‘Android Karenina’ and most recently ‘The Meowmorphosis’.