Words fail me. The book comes out this May. My only concern is that the co-author Seth Grahame-Smith turns a zombie holocaust into something humorous, fanciful, or too fictionalized.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of hopefully realistic ultra violent corpse dismemberment and human eating, bone crunching zombie action.
From the Entertainment Weekly interview with the author:
…we arrived at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies because, when you take a look at the original book, it’s almost as if, subconsciously, Jane Austen is laying out the perfect groundwork for an ultraviolent bone-crushing zombie massacre to take place. For instance, there’s a regiment of soldiers camped out near the Bennett household. In the book, they’re just there for characters to flirt with. But it’s not that big a leap to say, Okay, they’re there because the countryside has been overrun with what they call the “unmentionable menace.”
…They call zombies “unmentionables” because it’s a very polite society and the word “zombie” is kind of like a curse word. These aristocrats are trying to get on with their lives as best they can, despite the fact that the country is being devoured around them. They still have their balls and their teas and their manners. It was terrific fun to write, in the style of Jane Austen, describing horrific deaths and entire villages being slaughtered and burned to the ground.
So, pre-order your copy now, and start doing some polite society zombie extermination homework!
Other books and films I heartily recommend:
And if you haven’t seen Fido, you should. It’s hilarious, and an excellent spin on zombie culture. We won!