Jane Austen goes gore

If I say the name “Jane Austen”, what pops into your head? Probably beautiful British countryside, romance found and lost again, very proper English, meddling mothers or neighbors, fancy balls, dashing men, silly lovestruck women, and most famously, zombies.

Yes, ZOMBIES.

Don’t you associate the living dead with Jane Austen?

My eye happened to catch a certain book while up in West Yellowstone, MT last week at The Book Peddler (one of my favorite small town bookstores) and the proprietor told me it’s been selling like crazy. The name? Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

JAZ

It is HILARIOUS! It’s the real story but with a zombie story woven in. Brilliant, if you ask me. Apparently, the Bennet sisters are well trained in fighting off the crusty crew of  “unmentionables”, as they are called. To give you an idea of this turnabout in high society England, remember when Mr. Darcy tells Mr. Bingley at the ball that he was dancing with the only pretty girl in the room and that Elizabeth wasn’t pretty enough to tempt him? (for you diehards, of course you remember!). Well, here’s what happens after Elizabeth hears that remark:

As Mr. Darcy walked off, Elizabeth felt her blood turn cold. She had never in her life been so insulted. The warrior code demanded she avenge her honour. Elizabeth reached down to her ankle, taking care not to draw attention. There, her hand met the dagger concealed beneath her dress. She meant to follow this proud Mr. Darcy outside and open his throat.

Gratefully, she is stopped because zombies break through the windows and start “feasting on guests”.

Get this book. It’s a crack up and not only that, it is extremely FAST reading. Short chapters and all. Plus, think of all the great looks you’ll get when you tell folks you are reading, “Pride and Prejudice…and Zombies”. 🙂

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One comment

  1. Katie · July 23, 2009

    I’m at the part where Elizabeth is going walking to see Jane while she is sick, and she meets some zombies and cuts one from his chest through his head!! Yummy!
    I hear later on in the book Elizabeth delivers a nice roundhouse kick to Darcy’s head!

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