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For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 23/4/2009 9:37:10 PM   
M


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I read about this in the paper a couple days ago, and I have to say, I'm intrigued. It seems such an obvious pop-culture thing to do - taking a classic and add a modern element (that's not time travel based anyway...)

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"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone crunching zombie action.


What more do both lovers and haters of Austen want?



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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 23/4/2009 9:44:18 PM   
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Strong review here.

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Seth Grahame-Smith’s sly zombification of Jane Austen’s Regency-era romance, is no act of literary desecration. To the already-irresistible story of the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennett and the proud Mr. Darcy, Grahame-Smith adds only the lightest sprinkling of walking corpses, Shaolin training, katana duels, dojos on country estates, and young ladies succumbing to the strange plague. In his version, in addition to balls and officers and marriage, the Bennett sisters are committed to the defense of England against the undead armies of Lucifer, through their mastery of deadly Oriental arts. Yet such is the emotional power of Austen’s story and characters that not even revivified brain-chompers (easily fooled by cauliflowers, happily) detract from Elizabeth and Darcy’s rocky love affair.


Sounds like genre splicing at its finest.


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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 23/4/2009 10:00:52 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Captain Black

Strong review here.

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Seth Grahame-Smith’s sly zombification of Jane Austen’s Regency-era romance, is no act of literary desecration. To the already-irresistible story of the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennett and the proud Mr. Darcy, Grahame-Smith adds only the lightest sprinkling of walking corpses, Shaolin training, katana duels, dojos on country estates, and young ladies succumbing to the strange plague. In his version, in addition to balls and officers and marriage, the Bennett sisters are committed to the defense of England against the undead armies of Lucifer, through their mastery of deadly Oriental arts. Yet such is the emotional power of Austen’s story and characters that not even revivified brain-chompers (easily fooled by cauliflowers, happily) detract from Elizabeth and Darcy’s rocky love affair.


Sounds like genre splicing at its finest.



Awesome. I think, but honestly can't remember if I've read the original, so I'll (re-)read it first to get the full effect.

There's bound to be a plethora of imitations following soon after. Oliver Twist meets Godzilla? Moby Dick versus Jaws?

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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 23/4/2009 11:01:43 PM   
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God knows it needed something to improve it. Who'd have thought zombies was that something? 

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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 24/4/2009 7:55:32 AM   
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ORIGINAL: homersimpson_esq

God knows it needed something to improve it. Who'd have thought zombies was that something? 


I thought you might have an opinion on it homer, I remember you having pronounced opinions on Austen.

And it's not only zombies by the looks of things, but there are ninjas too!

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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 25/4/2009 6:32:53 PM   
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I've heard from a few people that the premise is far more interesting than the final product.  A shame really because it does look awesome. 

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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 25/4/2009 7:35:36 PM   
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It sounds good. It can't be no worse than some of the Pride And Prejudice sequels i've read.

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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 30/7/2009 12:08:01 PM   
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I hate Jane Austen but I'm dying to read this! Next up, Wuthering Heights with Heathcliff as a werewolf...

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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 30/7/2009 4:46:49 PM   
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Having read this, I have to agree that the premise is better than the end result. Apparently next up he's got Sense and Sensibility and Sea-Monsters.

Actually, I can see Heathcliff as a werewolf working...


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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 30/7/2009 5:26:42 PM   
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Dammit! I had Sense and Sensibility and Cyborgs in the sweepstake.

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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 31/7/2009 11:09:55 PM   
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I enjoyed it. The concept is worn fairly thin by the end but I found it to be a bit of fun.

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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 4/12/2009 11:26:26 PM   
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I was like a demon when I found out about this book!  I was disgusted that someone could make fun of Jane Austen! (I'm sorry if I'm acting like an idiot, I love this book!)

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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 5/12/2009 5:57:14 PM   
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I really enjoyed this book, I like spoofs just as much as I like the original as long as it is well done.

Shame you don't like it Niamhy, I find it odd typing that name as it's what i call my 7 year old daughter!!!

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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 6/12/2009 7:39:43 PM   
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Are these books a good read then? I've seen them in the shop and thought they looked amusing but I notice they get decidedly average reviews on Amazon and the like. I know there a few available now, are they much more than those lame looking (although admittedly I havent read them) parody books that they bring out all the time - 'Bored Of the Rings', 'Barry Trotter...' and 'The Soddit' etc?

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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 9/12/2009 7:49:26 PM   
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Oh it is so much better than them. Very well done, I really enjoyed it, you need to have read the original book first though

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RE: For All Jane Austen Lovers (And Haters) - 14/12/2009 8:35:42 PM   
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There are quite a few of these around:

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"
"Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters"
"I am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas"
"Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter"
"Mr Darcy, Vampyre"
"Vampire Darcy's Hunger: A Pride and Prejudice Adaptation"

They're all by different authors though, so I don't know if the quality is consistent. I haven't read any of them either.

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