It's time again for another Zurvival Saturday. This week it's all about Pride Prejudice and Zombies and it's Prequel Dawn of the Dreadfuls (which I have yet to read but wanted to mention). I first heard of Pride Prejudice and Zombies when walking through a Barnes and Noble near Halloween 2009. I at first couldn't believe someone had thought to mash these two very different genres together. But curiosity prevailed so onto my pile it went.
When I brought it home my husband was the first to snatch it up. I pouted but was happy he wanted to read something I was interested in. The book became a bathroom reader and slowly but surely both of us got through it. Since many books from that period are quite wordy even with the awesome add of Zombies it took me roughly 2 1/2 weeks to finish and him 3.
In the end we both liked it and thought the idea worked. The Author Seth Grahame-Smith seemed to have no trouble blending a world of Zombies into the Aristocratic Victorian setting of her novel. In fact 85% of the original text was kept intact. A credit to the writing style of Jane Austen herself. This seems to be a love it or hate it series. If your a Jane Austen purist then this book series probably isn't for you. But you never know,Check out the cover and description below it might change your mind.
A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read!
Then In 2010 Quirk Classics came back with a Vengeance announcing the release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. While I have not read it I wanted to mention it. The book even had it's very own trailer produced and I must admit it is pretty awesomely done. It's the first time I was like this needs to be made into a motion picture!
Good isn't it?! The book is written by Steven Hockensmith and chronicles the events of the Zombie uprising four years before those in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Readers will witness the birth of a heroine in Dawn of the Dreadfuls—a thrilling prequel set four years before the horrific events of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. As our story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English countryside. They idle away the days reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbands—until a funeral at the local parish goes strangely and horribly awry.
Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earth—and only one family can stop them. As the bodies pile up, we watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. Along the way, two men vie for her affections: Master Hawksworth is the powerful warrior who trains her to kill, while thoughtful Dr. Keckilpenny seeks to conquer the walking dead using science instead of strength. Will either man win the prize of Elizabeth’s heart? Or will their hearts be feasted upon by hordes of marauding zombies? Complete with romance, action, comedy, and an army of shambling corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave—and just might inspire her to crawl out of it!
Well there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this Zurvival Saturday and maybe found a new book to read in the process. If you would like to participate in this or any upcoming Zurvival Saturday please grab my button below and link me in the comments so I can check yours out.