Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jane Austen is Rolling in Her Grave

OK, you have to hear me out on this one. I would not have bought this book for myself, because it is not historical fiction nor a classic, nor one of the types of books that I normally read. BUT, sometimes it is good to step outside your reading comfort zone. And, my oldest son, Josh, gave me three books, including this one, for Christmas - which was very, very nice. So, give a listen (I think this is hysterical):

(pp. 34) "Then Mr. Darcy," observed Elizabeth, "you must comprehend a great deal in your idea of an accomplished woman."

"A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, and modern languages; she must be well trained in the fighting styles of the Kyoto masters..." (This being Mr. Darcy's idea of an ideal woman during the time when the zombies are taking over England.)

In addition to the blood lust and general zombie fighting added to Jane Austen's classic, there are some double entendres, like this from page 205:

"She remembered the lead ammunition in her pocket and offered it to him. 'Your balls, Mr. Darcy?' He reached out and closed her hand around them, and offered, 'They belong to you, Miss Bennett.'"

To supply some background, the premise for the book is that a plague is sweeping through England. This in the form of a virus that infects the dead and buried who then rise up from their graves in search of human brains to eat. So, this book is purportedly the "expanded form" (haha!) of Pride and Prejudice that is set in the time of the zombie invasion.

The book "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is completely ridiculous, and sometimes ridiculous can be a very good thing. This is NOT a profoundly moving book that will stir your soul and change your life. But, if you need to lighten up a bit, and have a good chuckle - give it a read! I'm glad that I did!

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