For all intents and purposes, I have finished reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I did a lot of skimming and a lot of skipping but I couldn’t get through it any other way. It wasn’t so much that it is a bad book, some of it is very clever and fun like Mr. Darcy’s first proposal to Elizabeth and then later Lady Catherine and Elizabeth’s fight over Mr. Darcy. But I just didn’t end up clicking with the book after it had begun so well. I can’t really say what happened.
I was wondering if maybe it was me so I searched for reviews and found a few. One was mixed, the others guardedly pleased. All of them admitted to not really liking Jane Austen all that much and so the addition of zombies made the book better. In fact the mixed review said the problem with the book was that it was too much Austen and not enough zombies. Ugh. When I mentioned to my Bookman that maybe it just wasn’t the right time to have read the book, he replied, “Maybe it’s not you. Maybe the book did suck.” Ah, bless him.
One review I read called the book a mashup and I suppose that is what it is. There was a hint that this will likely be the first of many literary classic mashups which has me a little worried. But, for better or worse, that is the age we live in.
So, did I like the book? Not really. It had its moments but overall it didn’t seem worthwhile. It had potential. I think for it to really have been a success it needed to be completely over the top, spoofy silliness. The best part about the book is the discussion questions at the end. Here is a sample:
Is Mr. Collins merely too fat and stupid to notice his wife’s gradual transformation into a zombie, or could there be another explanation for his failure to acknowledge the problem?
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Some critics have suggested that the zombies represent the authors’ views toward marriage–an endless curse that sucks the life out of you and just won’t die. Do you agree, or do you have another opinion about the symbolism of the unmentionables?
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Does Mrs. Bennet have a single redeeming quality?
There you have it. I’m not sure how helpful this will be for those of you waffling over whether or not you should read it. The only thing I can suggest is that if you are tepid about it, you might want to skip it.