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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

af Seth Grahame-Smith

Andre forfattere: Jane Austen

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A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton--and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.
Nyligt tilføjet afprivat bibliotek, MrsMorrell, wetdryvac, flebee, CaptainCorkie, Susansbooksandgifts, barton2020, Akacya, Rachelk97
Efterladte bibliotekerTim Spalding
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    Stolthed og fordom af Jane Austen (fugitive)
    fugitive: Duh!
  2. 93
    Dawn of the Dreadfuls af Steve Hockensmith (HollyMS)
    HollyMS: Dawn of the Dreadfuls is a prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
  3. 82
    Android Karenina af Ben H. Winters (HollyMS)
    HollyMS: Another work from Quirk Classics in the same vein as P&P&Z.
  4. 93
    Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters af Ben H. Winters (sweetandsyko)
  5. 51
    Tooth and Claw af Jo Walton (Emidawg)
    Emidawg: You could call this book "Pride and Prejudice and Dragons". The Dragons are the main characters in the book and live in an P&P type setting. While an original novel it can be considered another take on Austen's work.
  6. 30
    Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter af A. E. Moorat (nnattie30)
  7. 52
    Jane Slayre af Sherri Browning Erwin (bookymouse)
  8. 31
    Jane Bites Back af Michael Thomas Ford (infiniteletters)
  9. 42
    The Baum Plan for Financial Independence: and Other Stories af John Kessel (suzanney)
    suzanney: This story collection includes "Pride and Prometheus"- in which characters from Pride and Prejudice meet Frankenstein. It's available for free online.
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    Blameless af Gail Carriger (jlynno84)
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[Audiobook verson]

I will start with the narrator Katherine Kellgren. She did an excellent job, there is a danger with a book like that if you read it with the same seriousness as the original P&P it will sound silly. Ms. Kellgren somehow pulls it off with aplomb.

As for the text...Jane Austin and zombies. That about sums it all up really. Its a delightfully silly twist on Pride and Prejudice. This is one of those books where you can't really analyze it for depth or themes. Its a just a fun popcorn ride read for the shear pleasure and silliness. ( )
  wicarso | Jan 8, 2021 |
I didn't realize beforehand that this was just the text of Pride and Prejudice with key phrases changed and added to create the backdrop of a zombie plague. It was a fun diversion, though somewhat gorier than I had expected. The major plot additions (regarding Charlotte and Mr. Collins, and Lady Catherine) were shocking, so I have to give the author credit for that. It isn't my favorite adaptation (nor even my favorite that I read this year), but would still recommend. ( )
  sanyamakadi | Dec 28, 2020 |
Not the best retelling of Pride & Prejudice I've ever experienced, but nonetheless an enjoyable audio book. ( )
  nitemice | Dec 28, 2020 |
Hilarious. Almost verbatim Austen in many places. Imagine the Bennet sisters as Shaolin warriors and Britain overrun with a plague of zombies. ( )
  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
I love the concept, but I was not impressed by the execution. I wish Grahame-Smith had paid better homage to both Jane Austen and zombies.

Grahame-Smith has taken the original text of Pride and Prejudice and simply inserted zombies... and ninjas, and a lot of gory combat. But the insertions feel pretty forced to me.

First of all, I wish this had been done by someone who is more steeped in Regency and Gothic literature. I think Dianne Setterfield or Lindsey Faye or Gail Carrington would have done a much better job of really making the zombies fit into Jane Austen's world, instead of making it feel like they were just stuck in. Although I appreciate how Grahame-Smith changed as little of the original work as possible, I think the book would really have benefited from some deeper changes to make it feel like the zombies were really a part of the story, not just stuck in. Literature of this era is full of ghosts and other supernatural phenomena - it would have been easy to make the zombies feel like a more integral part of the book, and to make them more creepy.

Secondly, I don't think this is a good addition to the corpus of zombie literature (see what I did there?). Usually, zombies symbolize something - conformity, or how capitalism turns everyone into faceless consumers, or some other societal anxiety like climate change or automation. In this book, the zombies don't seem to stand for anything. There are some amazing missed opportunities here - zombies could easily represent industrialization and how the new industrialized working class threatens the cleanliness and safety of the upper classes, or could be a result of some new science or mechanization, but Grahame-Smith doesn't make any of those potential connections.

Grahame-Smith also adds ninjas to the book, which makes no sense at all to me. The Bennet sisters all go to China and master Shaolin martial arts, but they are treated with disdain because they studied in China instead of the more reputable Japan. Everyone has a dojo where they practice their deadly arts, and rich people have a retinue of ninjas. There are weird ideas of honor (Lizzie gives herself seven wounds to express her shame when she learns that Darcy has paid Wickham's debts) which have no place in British aristocratic society, at least not without a lot of other major changes that are totally out of place in Regency England. These ideas of honor and Eastern martial arts are also very stereotypical and (to the best of my knowledge) don't actually represent anything that was truly present in 18th-century Asia. Perhaps there is room here for some colonialist critique, but Grahame-Smith doesn't go there.

One of the few things I did like was how the verbal sparring in the original book gets transformed into physical sparring here, especially the scene where Darcy first proposes to Elizabeth, which turns into a big battle between the two of them. However, I did not like the fact that all of the nobility, even the aged Lady de Bourgh, are exceptional warriors. One of the main themes of zombie literature and movies is that the people fighting zombies are just ordinary people. It's possible for ordinary people who have no training as fighters to kill zombies en masse because zombies are dumb and predictable - you don't need to be a sneaky ninja to kill them. The whole appeal of zombie literature is that they seem like a big impossible threat, but ordinary people, with a little bit of cleverness and cooperation, can kill them. Part of the reason Jane Austen's novels are so appealing is that the characters feel so relatable - even to modern readers, we all recognize parts of ourselves in Elizabeth Bennet, and we all want to win our own Darcy. So making the Bennet sisters into exceptional warriors not only defeats the whole purpose of the zombie genre, it also defeats the appeal of Austen's work.

One final critique: Lizzie's skill at killing zombies also turns into skill at killing living humans. Any time she is mad at someone, she fantasizes about killing them. She murders lots of ninjas just to show off her skill (and the expendability and anonymity of all Asian people in the book is another problem). The constant threat of death by zombie doesn't make her value human life any more. This really makes Lizzie hard for the reader to relate to, which further subverts the whole point of Austen's work.

It's a shame, because there is so much potential in this concept. If zombies had represented the industrialized working class and the major shifts in the economic structure of society and how those threatened the landed aristocracy, if the characters had just been ordinary people who had to band together against the zombie threat, and if Lizzie and Darcy had fallen in love because they were forced to fight together against a common enemy, despite being normal people with no special fighting skills, this would have been a much better book. ( )
  Gwendydd | Oct 25, 2020 |
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P&P&Z has just too much Austen and not enough zombies. I found myself skimming, skipping larger and larger chunks of text to get to the zombie sequences, desperate to escape the claustrophobic drawing-room chatter of Austen's characters with a little beheading, disemboweling and derring-do.
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Grahame-Smith, Sethprimær forfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
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Hockensmith, Stevemedforfatternogle udgaverbekræftet
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A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton--and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

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