With the news that a film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in production, I think it is appropriate to review it’s literary origins.
Seth Grahame- Smith’s 2009 zombie mishmash of Jane Austen’s classic novel starts with the following quote “It is truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains”. A mysterious plague has come over England and Meryton. The dead are returning to life and are hungry for new brains to eat. Elizabeth Bennet is determined to destroy the zombie horde. When she meets Mr. Darcy, she is fighting two battles. One with the undead and the other with a man she is determined to dislike.
This book is clever. While paying homage and respectful of the original novel, the insertions of the zombies fit in well into the narrative. It makes sense that Elizabeth would be as quick with a weapon as she would be with her tongue. While other writers and publishers jumped on the bandwagon with supernatural mishmashs of other classic novels, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies stands out as the first and best of this new genre.
I recommend this book.