Everything can be improved with zombies. And ninjas

Based on
The original work of Jane Austen by Seth Grahame-Smith in 2009

I must confess, I’ve never, ever taken any interest in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, mainly because I figured that nothing could bore me more effectively and more witlessly (is that even a word?) than reading about the English aristocracy. Well, on second thought, a Shakespeare marathon would definitely be worse.

For those who have read the original, unchanged version of Pride and Prejudice, this book follows the basic premise of the story. Not much changes. Darcy is still a bit of a prick at the start. The Bennett sisters are still paired off unceremoniously by their mother. Catherine de Bourgh is still the haughty, unpleasant sort of person you wouldn’t want over for tea. Or any meal whatsoever. And the book still deals with class, wealth and one’s place in society.

But the main addition, which I think is to the original’s great benefit, is the zombie infestation. The introduction of zombies obviously required the rewriting of portions of the original, about fifteen per cent. But that fifteen per cent is hilarious. Zombies mistaking cauliflowers for brains, ninjas and battles to the death. It actually becomes a well rounded novel!

Of course, Seth Grahame-Smith’s additions tried, as much as possible, to stick to the language and the style of the original prose. They still stuck out like dog’s balls though, because they’re hilarious and managed to get actual laughter from me.

If you’ve never really been into Jane Austen’s novels, perhaps this would be the best “adaptation” to try. The main content’s still pretty dry, but there are enough breaks of zombie killing and general, out of place oddity that you might be distracted enough to go right through to the end. Now, if only someone would improve Shakespeare’s works. I have two proposals. Burn all printed copies of his plays and wipe them from existence. Or, add zombies. That’ll help, I’m sure.

Rating

Better than I thought it would be. Kind of like trying vegetables again as an adult, after abstaining from them as a seven year old.

Read this if you…

Can’t get into the original, but are curious anyway.

Skip this if you…

Are a Jane Austen purist.

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