Boulder City Magazine® November 2009 Issue
by Fran Haraway
Boulder City Library
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Seth Grahame-Smith
What do you get when you combine a Regency romance with a comic book or graphic novel? Why, of course you get Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith’s retelling of the Jane Austen classic featuring Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, plus interesting additions - the living dead who have been disinterring themselves by the hundreds, much to the annoyance of the townsfolk.
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|Of course, Lizzy must stop them, and she and her sisters are well prepared to do so. As their mother explains, the girls have been trained to be, “ . . . as deadly as they are fetching.”
Also present is Lizzy’s would-be suitor, the insufferable Mr. Collins, who is beneath contempt because “his only skill with a blade was cutting slivers of gorgonzola,” and his patroness, Lady Catherine, who is horrified that the Bennet girls were reared in a home without ninjas.
A major criticism of Jane Austen is that, although her novels take place during the Napoleonic Wars, no mention is ever made of that enemy or the effect of those wars on England. Grahame-Smith addresses that lack of adversaries by providing truly disgusting on-site foes - hoards of zombies who are neatly dispatched by the sisters Bennet. For example, when Elizabeth tramps across muddy fields to visit her ill sister at the Bingley home, she handily rids the town of three “unmentionables” and arrives at her destination, “her face glowing with the warmth of exercise.”
For those who enjoy satire, this book is a hoot from the first page to the “Reader’s Discussion Guide” at the end. Miss Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a novel filled with subtle humor, and the turning of Elizabeth Bennet into a warrior woman simply (or not so simply) takes that humor to another level. Elizabeth still flouts convention, but this time, Darcy becomes attracted to her, not only because of her beautiful eyes, but also because of her facility with a sword.
Considering all the skilled swordplay herein, perhaps this novel should have been called Sense and Fence-ability! (I beg your forbearance of such willful impertinence!)
If you are interested in this book or would like to learn more, contact me at info@bouldercity magazine.com.
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