Monday, 31 March 2014

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.

Jane Austen's opening line is witty as it is, so in rewriting this, the author had to be careful he didn't mess it up. I don't think he did. He took the essence of the sentence retaining its tone and wit and applied it to the world of zombies. It's funny and hopefully sets the tone for the rest of the novel.

I do wonder though what Jane Austen would think of this handling of her novel. If she had lived in today's world perhaps she would have been amused, but with a 1812 mind I can only imagine how offended and horrified she would be. As a writer myself, I'm not sure how I would react if my work was parodied. However, in the end, who cares? She's dead, and we're being entertained.

So everything is just as it should be.

First thing said:

"My dear Mr. Bennet, have you head that Netherfield Park is occupied again?"

Verdict: Cool

Theodore Moracht

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