An assembly hall erupts in screams, the undead pour through shattered windows, jaws snapping, a head bursting between rotted jowls. The typical undead horror unravels in swift fashion, and few manage anything but flight or death. The Bennett sisters, however, aren’t your typical. Blades slide from sheaths, zombie heads hit the floor and roll.
So begins one of the more interesting pieces of work on the market today, Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a twisted reimagining of Jane Austin’s timeless piece, Pride and Prejudice. History gets a beautifully decayed makeover, and Grahame-Smith wastes no time in letting the reader know that this isn’t your average vintage tale. This is bloody, and this is unforgiving.
One of our featured moments, the first documented battle between the Bennett girls and the unmentionables arrives on page 18. It’s a quick sequence, and it’s capped off by a weighty impression that the Bennett ladies are none to fool with. And that’s what it’s supposed to do. This isn’t a drawn out chunk of story, it’s just a primer.
It’s an awesome primer that had me turning pages in a hospital after the arrival of my third son. A fine time-passer and genuinely intriguing work of fiction, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies only promises more insanity, dark humor and aggressive romance.
We’ll be back tomorrow with another killer sequence from the book.
Be sure to check out the film (helmed by Burr Steer and starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston and Lena Headey) when it arrives in theaters come February fifth courtesy of genre favorite Cross Creek Pictures.
Here’s the official synopsis and trailer:
Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies.