A satirical, thrilling take on Jane Austen’s most acclaimed and beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies blends a classic story of social prejudice and romance, with a gruesome tale of a zombie plague ravaging the English countryside. Closely echoing Austen’s classic, the plot follows a tale of romance in which Elizabeth Bennet realises her own prejudices, and Mr Darcy learns to subdue his pride; extended amidst a setting of zombie chaos and scenes of action and combat.
As the menacing threat of a “strange plague” spreads, the dead are being transformed into bloodthirsty zombies, and it is up to the Bennet sisters to protect Hertfordshire. However, Elizabeth’s attention is distracted from the battle against the deadly “unmentionables”, by the mysterious and intriguing Mr Darcy. This comical and beguiling novel sees the Bennet sisters face not only the challenge of daily combat, as they train to become zombie-fighting warriors, but the far more difficult pursuit of alluring a wealthy husband.
Despite initial apprehensions when reading this book, considering the masterpiece of Austen’s classic, I found Pride and Prejudice and Zombies thoroughly engaging and amusing. A blend of comedy, romance, thrilling swordfights and contemporary horror, makes this ¬novel spinoff certainly worth a read this Halloween.
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