Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Attack!!
I have finally finished Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!!! Yay!! I am just happy to be finished with the book because it took me a bit longer to read than normal. The weird thing is that normally I read rather fast, but this time round I just could not find my normal speed for reading and wound up reading bits here and there. Perhaps my mind was just not in the right frame. Anyhow, the book itself is definitely a must read for Austen fans. It was hilarious!! I found myself cracking up and wondering what Austen herself would have thought about this new interpretation of her book. The story itself remains the same, except now we have all five Bennet sisters fighting against the unmentionables (the zombies). Trained by their father in martial and weapons each young woman is more than capable of taking care of themselves and their family and friends. We find Elizabeth in the same scenario of hating Mr. Darcy for his rudeness towards her and her family and especially for his interference with Bingley's feelings towards her favorite sister, Jane. The story follows the same plot of Elizabeth slowly realizing that her feelings toward Darcy have changed from animosity to love. Throughout this discovery of love, Elizabeth finds herself fighting off the unmentionables with great speed and agility and realizing that she is not only a warrior first, but also a woman first. It is so fun to read about her and Darcy slaying numerous zombies and how they battle each other through words and fight in the book. The way the zombies are inserted into the story line only adds another dimension of fun and appeal to the book. I have to say it also added a bit of sauciness to the book. The manners in which we read about Mr. Bennet's liasons with various women during his and his daughter's trip to China (where they trained) was unexpected, along with the occasional reference to the way Darcy's trousers clung to him. Definitely a new take on an old classic. I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the September release of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. I love the idea of taking the old and giving it a new twist. I guess this is my third item for the Austen Challenge - I can't help it! There are just so many fun things out there that are Austen related. I think for next month I will watch Lost in Austen on dvd. That will be a fun treat I am sure. Well, hope you all have a wonderful week filled with lots of fun reading! Cheers!!