Friday, March 5, 2010

Pride And Prejuduce And Zombies!

Well, sometimes my forays into the realm of zombie literature go into the serious, sometimes into the whimsical. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies definitely falls into the latter category. I do enjoy Pride and Prejudice, and have watched the A&E version with my wife several times, so I know most of the book, without having ever read it. This version retains a good deal of the original story with surprisingly few modifications. Plus, of course zombies.

Things I liked:
  • Original content was treated with a remarkably high level of respect. The intent of actions remained the same as the first author's. Modifications were only made in places where it would add to the experience and place it into the zombie-stricken world it was now set in.
  • Some characters remain exactly as you remember them, but others are transformed in ways that seem appropriate somehow. Darcy is a skilled zombie-fighter for instance, but Bingly is not. Like I said, appropriate, somehow.
  • Well, duh! Zombies!
Things I did not like:
  • Ninjas. Why does every author insist, because there are zombies in a book, take it to mean that every ridiculous pop-fiction entity be included. If you want to have the characters having been trained in the orient, fine. But are so many ninjas absolutely necessary?
  • Few changes to the development of the story. This is a two edge sword. Some changes of events should have transpired due to the fact that people are dropping left and right to the zombie menace. I half expected this to be a total rewrite consisting of what the characters would have done, had there been zombies at the first ball. But instead it was a retelling of the same events with different setting. Not bad, necessarily, but unexpected.
In all, it was a fun book. I don't think it is for everyone, as many lovers of the original story will be aghast at the liberties the author takes. On the other hand, many lovers of zombie fiction will dislike that it takes place in something very resembling Austen's original manner of writing. A happy medium can be struck, however, in those who like both tales. In all, it fits the line from the back cover..."Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read."

1 comment:

Mario! said...

I've read this one too! Good times.