Classic literature meets zombies

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"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" has gained critical acclaim since its release.

Ryan Arias

rarias@radford.edu

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is a parody written by Seth Grahame-Smith and was published in April of 2009 by a company called Quirk Books. This company is known for series such as “How to Survive a Horror Movie” and “How to Tell if Your Boyfriend is the Antichrist.”

The book uses the original work by Jane Austen and adds an undead flair. Grahame-Smith claims that the original story was ripe for horror and gore content with long carriage strolls from here to there.

Now, mainstream novel readers would not find such a book on the “up and up” and would easily disregard it as a joke, but those that live and work on the Internet helped spread its fire. If not for the Internet, this book, in fact, would not have done as well for itself as it would have.

Because the book’s popularity had spread, the author decided to add additional print runs and released the book on April 1.

It is difficult to settle down and read books with homework and living in such a busy, ‘never stand still’ time, but for those who are not concerned by zombies and enjoy parodies, it’s a fun curiosity. Those who have read some of the original “Pride and Prejudice” would expect a slow and long read, but they’re wrong.

Though it contained much of the original text, it’s honestly baffling at how fluid the “unmentionables,” which is one of the many names used to describe the undead fiends that rampage across the once quite countryside, were pulled into the story.

It was as if they were already there. It did not take from the plot of the original story, if anything it added to it. Although there would be an assumption it is not a serious read with the addition of zombies, it is far from it.

Nothing from the original book has been changed and nearly runs word for word, except for this addition that seems to fit perfectly with the setting.

Addition of zombies to a serious and romantic book such as “Pride and Prejudice” would seem silly, but it is the current culture that we all live in. Tales of monster and Apocalypse settings with romantic encounters are of the age.

People who watch horror movies, or play horror games seem to take to the book, as opposed to Jane Austen’s original work that was a given for those in her time. Grahame-Smith did a fine job in converting old work of the past into something new and generational.

It is an interesting read, to say the least and, as with anything, it is all a matter of taste.