Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith

In the classic case of “what the film got wrong” falls the fantastically written “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

In the film supporting the same name, there is included some half-baked conspiracy and extra storyline that was in no way necessary, other than to attempt to draw in anyone who had not read the book. Naturally, it spat in the faces of those who had read it.

P&P&Z (thank frak for abbreviations) takes the essential classic nature of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and weaves it into a period zombie setting. It maintains accuracy throughout in regards to both the original story and the consistency of early nineteenth century zombie lore. The original story is entirely intact and enhanced with minor additions such as the high class being trained in Japanese martial art and the lower class in Chinese, which, in fitting with the period, is entirely appropriate.

The way that P&P&Z is written gives very little sense of direct danger to those who live day in and out, in a world that has seen the dead risen. No boarded up houses and scrabbling around to simply survive. Society simply would never allow any of that sort of behaviour. The creatures intent on consumption of brains are simply seen as another part of every day life, and why should they not, with the correct training and preparations in place.

P&P&Z has a dry witt and a sharp tongue. I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates the works of Jane Austen, but always felt like something was missing. Who knew it would be the undead?

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