Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Movie Tie-in Edition)

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by Jane Austen
     
 

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The New York Times Best Seller is now a major motion picture starring Lily James and Sam Riley, with Matt Smith, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey. 

This movie tie-in edition features 16 pages of color stills from the film, a reading group discussion guide, and other bonus materials.
 
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The New York Times Best Seller is now a major motion picture starring Lily James and Sam Riley, with Matt Smith, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey. 

This movie tie-in edition features 16 pages of color stills from the film, a reading group discussion guide, and other bonus materials.
 
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a bold reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic novel. As our story opens, 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 haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the bloodsoaked battlefield. Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an audacious retelling of English literature’s most enduring novel.

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ISBN-13:
9781594748899
Publisher:
Quirk Publishing
Publication date:
12/15/2015
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Jane Austen is the author of Sense and SensibilityPersuasionMansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature. Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of the New York Times best seller Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. He also wrote the screenplay for the Tim Burton film Dark Shadows. He lives in Los Angeles.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 16, 1775
Date of Death:
July 18, 1817
Place of Birth:
Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
Place of Death:
Winchester, Hampshire, England
Education:
Taught at home by her father

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 3.6 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 1062 reviews.
Laurel_Ann More than 1 year ago
And so Gentle Readers take heed. A mysterious plague has befallen Regency England killing the living and reviving them back to life as the undead who must feed on the living to survive. The conflict in town is fierce, spreading to the countryside and into the village of Meryton where Elizabeth Bennet and her family reside nearby at Longbourn. Mr. Bennet extricated from his library has dedicated himself instead to training his five daughters from an early age in the deadly arts, traveling with them to China to attend Ninja finishing school with a Shaolin Master. His business in life was to keep them alive. The business of Mrs. Bennet's was to get them married. When Netherfield Park is let at last, Mrs. Bennet is hopeful that the new resident Mr. Bingley and his friends might marry one or another of her daughters. When Meryton society finally meets Mr. Bingley, they agree that he is was good-looking and gentlemanlike, but his fine friend Mr. Darcy with his noble mien gave immediate disgust even though he was reputed to have slaughtered more than a thousand unmentionables since the fall of Cambridge. After he slights Elizabeth, claiming her to be only tolerable and not handsome enough to temp him to dance, the warrior code in her demands she avenge her honour and open his throat with her dagger. Her warrior duty delays her instincts as the dance is suddenly invaded by a maraudring horde of unmentionables who break through the windows, attack the guests, and devour the head of Mrs. Long. Elizabeth and her four sisters rip out their razor-sharp daggers and make short work of beheading all the sorry stricken. Darcy watches in wonder, knowing of only one other woman in England that who could match her skill, her grace and precision. The spark has been ignited. The love, *cough* zombie story begins. It is now "a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." We continue along in this manner following Jane Austen's plot interjected with Grahame-Smith's fanciful parody of zombie bedlam. If the concept of Jane Austen's refined country gentry and gory zombie destruction are in conflict, think again. Like the warrior Bennet sisters who have refined their deadly skills into an art of precision and style, Grahame-Smith knows his zombie lore, skillfully incorporating a genre wholly at odds to the context of Jane Austen's elegantly refined prose, yet working within its strengths to achieve his goal to have fun with a literary classic, and well, lets face it, make money. So who will like this book? Certainly not the Austen purist without a sense of humor. They will not even get past the gruesome cover. Not zombie fans, who will be annoyed having to trudge through a masterpiece of world literature to get to the scant zombie action. So that leaves the rest of us. Those loyal and devoted members of The Gentle Reprove and Witty Banter Society who, like Jane Austen, enjoy a good campy and gory Gothic novel, recognize tongue-in-cheek humor, and have been happily doing so for over 200 hundred years. Laurel Ann, Austenprose
Hokie4VT More than 1 year ago
I really, really wanted to like this book. I love zombie movies and Jane Austen and this book actually could have been really good. However, it suffers from some major downfalls, the two most grievous being an extreme lack of realism (for the context, don't get me wrong) and poor writing (not on Jane Austen's part). My main problem was all the ridiculous nonsense about ninjas and dojos. I mean, come on. It is certainly believable that the sisters would have learned different fighting arts but traveling to the "Orient" and studying with martial arts masters? I doubt very seriously if they could have afforded to travel to China and it would have been much more realistic to have focused on European fighting methods. And the ridiculous "bloodlust" of Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy was completely out of character. Whoever said the characters remained true to Austen doesn't understand the characters. I couldn't get over the scene where Elizabeth kills three of Lady Catherine's ninjas and then eats part of one of their hearts. The other major problem was the writing and editing. If you are going to try and follow another writer's style then you'd better get it right. It was painfully obvious that the author wasn't up to the task and that his editor couldn't catch his numerous mistakes. I haven't seen a book so poorly edited in quite some time. I think this book could have been really excellent with a different author who isn't obsessed with ninjas. Honestly, it was like Kill Bill added to Jane Austen which if you like that movie, you might like this book. If they do make this into a movie, I hope they leave out all the ninja garbage and keep the characters true to who they are instead of modeling them after Uma Thurman in a Quentin Tarantino film. This book just had me wishing for the original.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited when I first got the book in, since I loved the book Pride and Prejudice and I enjoy zombie movies such as Night of the Living Dead. I started reading it and got confused what century it was suppose to be in. It sounded like Jane Austen at some points then sounded modern and crude at others. Then I looked at the additional author on this book and he only took one class in english literature. I was shocked they let someone unqualified to touch this great novel. He uses modern slang such as Darcy joking that Elizabeth has his balls. Ugh! People didn't talk like that then! There is a disconnect between the Jane Austene parts and the new writer's. Apparently life continues the same even though the dead walk and all the characters have great fighting skills; doesn't seem rational to me. I don't advise anyone to buy this if you truly enjoyed the original novel. You will just be disappointed. It is just a mockery of the great novel, Pride and Prejudice.
exploitedpunk More than 1 year ago
this book is so over the top goofy that you can't help but laugh out loud at so much of it. This is HIGHLY recommended for horror fiction lovers and in particular for literature snobs who need a healthy dose of humor in their lives.
SimplySaid More than 1 year ago
An avid reader of anything Jane Austen I was quite excited to start this book. While I completely respect Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice I was curious to read this darker take on the very well known story. What a disappointment it turned out to be. The book is almost exactly that of the original Pride and Prejudice with the word zombie and ninja thrown in sometimes hardly in any context that makes sense. I did manage to finish the book but it was an unrewarding read.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I was a purist at first. I'm such a purist that the ONLY P & P out there is the A and E version. So I immediately labelled this book as sacrilege and ready to burn the heretics that ever thought of such an idea and to ruin the most romantic book in the world (in my opinion). Then I slowly gave in. I went into a zombie phase were I watched the movies, and then read some books (World War Z as an example) and thought to myself. Fine, let's put my purist thoughts aside and give this book a chance. I do not regret it one bit. The moment I read the first few lines I just cracked up laughing. The thought of the sisters Bennett being a pack of Buffy's and instead of vampire slaying they're zombie slaying is just hilarious. They crash into a party, never fear! the Bennets are here! hahah. I loved every bit of this book. It stayed 90 percent true to the main plot with a few deviations here and there (you'll laugh about Mr Collins and Charlotte). Which I find perfectly acceptable. In my opinion, Elizabeth Bennet could kick Buffy's butt any day. She's got Shaolin training damnit! :D There are parts in the book where it can be extremely ridiculous but you will have to keep reminding yourself that this book is a parody of the actual story. To be prepared to take it all with a light heart (set all purist thoughts aside!) does help and makes the story much more enjoyable and a fun read all the way through. The book even supplies some very nice detailed illustrations for your viewing (or not) pleasure. Note, my favorite illustration? will have to be the last one. It made me laugh, but it gave me the warm fuzzies too. You'll see what I mean once you get there. I would say the only negative besides the little parts of over silliness? it's not for the faint of heart. Some parts are graphic and detailed. You just have to remember this is a parody and it's meant to be funny. If I can set aside my purist thoughts, I'm sure you can.
bookangelMP More than 1 year ago
At first I scoffed at the title thinking "who'd have thought of redoing a classic Austen storyline? I browsed thru the first few pages and set the book down. But I could not just leave the bookstore without purchasing it. I was glad that I did. It was well written and read like it was all written by Austen herself. I have recommended it to friends and family. I totally enjoyed the book even if I am not a zombie fan. The zombies inclusion in the storyline actually made sense. I just regret not meeting the author when there was an opportunity to do so.
romemusicseller More than 1 year ago
I have never been a fan of Pride and Prejudice but I am a big fan of zombies. this book is awesome, the satire is "biting" and the writing is really well done. As a bonus point my wife is happy I'm finally reading Pride and Prejudice.
Laurie_Jane_Kaye More than 1 year ago
When I saw this book I instantly wanted to read it, I love all of Jane Austen's work, I'm a big fan and I think this book is great. It's funny, and if you can't laugh at it then maybe you're a little too uptight. It was made to be funny and I think any Austen fan would like it.
ABookDork More than 1 year ago
I was really disappointed in this book because I like my zombies to be over the top and blood thirsty, but I found these zombies to be pretty lame. Yes they did crash a few parties, but they were so easily killed that they weren't exciting. I was excited about this book because I was hoping that the writer would just do some crazy things like turning one of the Bennet girls into a zombie; however, I was extremely disappointed that Grahame-Smith just added tidbits of zombies to the overall story. Overall it was an okay read. I wouldn't say it was horrible because the original Pride and Prejudice story line saved it, but it just wasn't as original as I would have liked. I think I enjoyed the illustrations more than the text itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was worse than watching a badly dubbed B movie. Most reviewers applaud the concept, but I seriously wonder how this even got past an editor, let alone onto the B&N review. Did they read it at all? Or not past the first sentence? (Which is where they put all the advertising hype). It was as though the author got paid merely to insert cliche zombie-fighting phrases/scenes at random. I'm not an Austen snob, but this could have been made into something much more believable. Don't waste your time, and don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was a fabulous classic, yet Seth Graham-Smith's added material displays his lack of ability and knowledge in Austen's writings. The material he added to Pride and Prejudice inaccurately portrayed the characters and changed their personalities as Austen had them. In addition, he added inappropriate descriptions that Jane Austen would never added, bringing the book to a lower level. Though the idea of Zombies in the 1800s is interesting, it should have been written in a new book, not in rewriting a classic. For someone who enjoys Jane Austen novels, I would not recommend this book, as it is unsatisfying.
Birving More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book much more then the original Pride and Prejudice. I feel like the characters are much more dynamical. Plus the thrill of zombies make it a much more interesting book for teenagers. it is a very challenging read but when you finish it you will feel like you accomplished somethign
PearlMM More than 1 year ago
Seeing this book prominently displayed at the Customer Service counter and being enthusiastically recommended by the employee as "flying off the shelves"and it being a "New York Times" bestseller, I bought this book. I am a fan of Jane Austen books and the recent deluge of "after books" (Mr. Darcy's Daughters, Captain Wentworth's Diary, etc) but I must say this is one of the dumbest books I have ever read. In the first place the author just repeats the original book practically word for word except for throwing in daggers, longbows and unmentionables periodically. It is not funny nor scary. It is not even the slightest bit interesting.
Donatello More than 1 year ago
Really, what a great idea! What a great opportunity for humor on a variety of levels! Instead, what you get is the regular P & P story with some walking dead thrown in here and there which then gives the Bennet sisters the opportunity to be marshal art experts. It's pretty much that simple. Oh, and be on the lookout for double entendres, especially using the word, "balls." The first time I thought it was a cute addition (I can enjoy toilet humor as much as the next person) but by the second or third time I thought it rather cheap and overused (and was quite embarrassed for myself that I thought it clever in the first place). To top it all off, the illustrations are really bad and completely unnecessary (which leaves me thinking that the author and/or publisher thought the book might appeal to a broader audience with "perty piktures" inside OR the artist is related to the author and/or publisher and needed the work). I suppose there's no question that the book will need to be reprinted soon with the words "Soon to be a Major Motion Picture" splattered (no pun intended) across the cover. If so, this actually may be one of those rare instances when the movie is better than the book. Jessica Biel as Elizabeth Bennet? Vin Diesel as Mr. Darcy? NOW we're talking horror!!!!
Jarhead More than 1 year ago
This book is like those movies and TV programs whose tag line is "baesd on a true story". Most of this time, the 'based on' part is keeping of the original characters' names and period but little else. For example, "Hello Vietnam" is based on a true story but the only true things about the movie is that there is a guy by that name, he was a disc jockey in vietnam and there was a war on. Everything else is fiction. So too with this book. The real question is why. Why take a classic of literature and make an unimaginative zombie story? The answer, already given by another reviewer, is money. Seth doesn't even have to be a good writer because the people who'll buy and read this book have no experience with well constructed prose or Jane Austin. They'll think it is a hoot though they'll be disappointed by the lack of pictures. So I leave you with this question: Why kill a tree for this?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up hardopy--the special edition that has the pictures. I wasn't impressed. I love "Pride & Prejudice" and read it once a year. It's the only romance novel I can get behind because thr nonsense at least makes sense for the time. What do I love more than just about everything? Zombies. I eat, sleep, and breathe zombies. Romance is typically for the feeble of mind and those desperate to escape the lack-luster reality of the truth of love. What do I hate? A flimsy attempt to inject the new world zombie into the old world romance with inflated interjections of deeply insulting idea that only martial arts can be taken by those associated with title or be of unquestioned nobility. Honestly, it is a vast undertaking to mix the two sorts of drama. It is a deeper well of inspiration one must draw from in order to mix the slow-moving zombies with the omnipresent danger of a terrible blight, the walking-pace Darcy and Liz take to overcoming their humanity toward one another, and the dazzling fanciments of Asian martial arts. I just didn't get it. I have never been a fan of Asian martial arts movies...or stories...or comics. There is just so much material to try and blend with not only the three main topics but also the strange persistence of British behavior and tradition, toilet humor, and overall...lack of credibility. That sounds completely strange, I know. The P&P world is plausible on most levels and ludicrous on others. The idea of the dead rising from the grave--recent or otherwise--is completely irrational on every level and is entirely terrifying (due to the social and political overtones, more than anything). The world often prtrayed by movies regarding the Asian martial arts is fanciful and inspiring but unreal all the same. All of these plots bring out the incredulity in almost everyone but the common factor is that within their own frameworks they make entire sense. Mixed together, the three violate the laws of everything the others hold sacred. P&P maintains that women are dependent on men and are almost wholly without independence of body, fortune, and mind. This is overturned by the modern Asian martial arts theme that enable women to not only be independent but require all women to have strategic thought outside of marriage, kids, and money. Further, the idea that bodies can be simultaneously without the bounds of gravity due to presence of mind and yet nearly cemented to the ground in the proposed non-presence of mind defies the shared proposition by all three universes that people are still able to walk freely no matter how empty their minds are. In short, and in closing, don't assume that you will love or like this book just because you like one or all of the themes presented by zombies, Pride and Prejudice, or Asian martial arts.
Mallie_kite More than 1 year ago
P&P&Z is a clever idea that suffers from sloppy execution. The basic ideas of combining over-the-top horror/humor with Austen's classic work had a lot of promise, but didn't work hard enough to keep that promise. For me, it failed by missing some pretty substantial details and missing a few prime opportunities. The missed details were in the additions to the book, the fantastical parts, which is where the details most need to be accurate and sharp -- if you want me to accept that Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters are Oriental trained, sword wielding, wire-fu-fighting zombie killers, make sure you actually know what a Shaolin trained fighter would use. I'm not talking heavy research here -- I'm talking Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon level knowledge, like knowing the Chinese don't use katana (that's Japanese and really flew in the teeth of the Ninja vs. Shaolin thing the book set up). Other little details like that were just obvious enough to be distracting and irritating. A quick trip to Wikipedia would have solved most of those. I had the feeling the author was just pushing for the money and didn't really care what came out. Then there's the missed chance to have Mr. Collins meet a very funny and entirely appropriate end. It was not only missed, it was carefully avoided. Total shame, too, because I was giddily anticipating its possibility. On the whole, it really felt like a careless missed opportunity.
caduceusperserve More than 1 year ago
I love Pride and Prejudice and I love horror/fantasy. What should have been like chocolate and peanut butter ended up being warmed over meatloaf. Let me explain,I have watched the 1940's version of Pride and Prejudice many times,its my favorite movie. The book uses verbatim the script from that movie with a few zombie sentences thrown in. Seth Grahame-Smith gave credit to Jane Austin but he should have also given credit to MGM. I had a lot of difficulty reading this book because it was like reading the screenplay from the 1940 movie. Seth had a creative idea for a book but was lazy when he wrote it. Unbelievably he makes what should have been an exciting book,a boring one. Next time Seth use your own words. P.S. I would like to add that I have also read Jane Austin's original "Pride and Prejudice". Maybe the book would have been more interesting if he had written it in that same vein. Trust me rent the movie and you will be shocked at the uncreative plagiarism.
Sweetbev More than 1 year ago
Highly disappointed in this book. I thought it would be more intertaining, but went further and further into being ridiculous. I didn't expect it to be realistic (the title should give that away - Zombies), but the more I read the more uninterested I became. The beginning captured my interest, but it quickly faded. It was too easy to set aside and not feel the need to continue reading.
Sweet-Jane More than 1 year ago
I was so thrilled when I saw this book. I love Jane Austen. I also love Horror. So I was completely elated when I saw this book. It's hilarious and very well written, thanks to Austen of course. In no way did I find this disrespectful to Austen or her writing. If you know anything about Jane Austen through her history you know she had a wonderful sense of humor and I think she would have gotten a kick out of this book. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially you literary snobs. How can you ever know what you really like if you never step outside of your box?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book and the other book (i cant recall the title) and these books i couldnt put down. I hope whoever reads this post will get this book. Hope I was helpfull!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated this book. Completely trashed a fantastic story. I also thought the writing was poor. I enjoy zombie lit, but wouldnt have missed anything if i had not picked this book up.
Amikins More than 1 year ago
I like Pride and Prejudice and i like Zombies. So the two together would be pretty cool right? well i will allow the jury to stay out on that, based on that fact that this Seth Grahame-Smith person has no writing ability what so ever. You perhaps might think that adding zombies to an already well written novel would be easy, well it might be, but as soon as Seth started adding extra zombie filled sections purely for more zombies, its gets amazingly dry, the opposite of what was intended. I have paid for this book twice now so I plan on finishing it, (something my 4 other friends who have attempted to read this haven't been able to do ) but i almost put it down for good when Seth added a completely random penis joke at Pemberly. I am not a purest, I am not saying he ruined Pride and Prejudice. I am saying he took an otherwise entertaining novel, and some how made it as boring as a 4th grad film strip on on the life cycle of the common moth. The person who decided this book should have been published did not apparently read more than the first few chapters and simply enjoyed the concept. It really boils down to great concept, very poor execution. Be amused by the idea and then don't bother reading it. Any expectations you have of it are much higher than the book could ever live up to.
LocalGhost More than 1 year ago
I literally made an account just to write a review for this book. I've always had a love for the classics and horror, for the two to be combined in one glorious book (or so I thought) was too much for me. I really hyped myself up, and everyone kept telling me how great it was! But I found myself totally disappointed! I get it, its supposed to be funny, and quirky, and cool but it read to me as totally flat and boring and ridiculous (not in a good way). The parts that Grahame-Smith added are choppy and do not mesh with the original writing in plot or eloquence. Even the typical gore-hound would find it hard to enjoy because most of the action is as descriptive as back of a cereal box. And don't get me started on the martial arts thing, why would anyone go through the trouble of kicking a zombies head off when there are plenty of farm tools laying around perfect for hacking, slashing and dismemberment? (I know, I know, its "cool, quirky and funny") I don't know, maybe its just me. Obviously it's a pretty popular read, so it must have something going for it! I will probably go see the movie though. =)