“Scholars think it’s a bloody travesty, and the fans agree – the bloodier the better.”



Hello Bibliophiles, Quintin Fortune here, and I got seven women on my mind. Four just want to hold me, two have disowned me, and one has sworn vengeance against me.

Okay, so it’s not as catchy as the original. Which brings us to the introduction of my review for ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (I’ll leave it to you to figure out which one’s riding on the coat tails of the other’s success).

This book is a retelling of the classic ‘Pride and Prejudice’ with the addition of zombies (obviously), ninjas (not as obviously), and martial arts-flavored ass-kicking sprinkled in a few places. Very few places.

Now, I never read the original, so I don’t really have a basis to go off of, but this book reads less like a satirical retelling and more like a ‘Copy/Paste’ with someone’s nine-year-old brother adding random things to make it less ‘girly’.

To put the book in perspective, I borrowed it from a friend back in 2009, started reading it, and didn’t bother to finish reading it until earlier this year. Yeah, not exactly an engaging read. There were a few entertaining scenes throughout the book (the infamous ballroom scene, the fight between Liz and Mr. Darcy, the battle between Liz and Lady Catherine) but found the entire thing mostly forgettable.

With the movie out soon (unless you’re reading this in the future, in which case I say “Hi future bibliophile. How are the flying cars coming along?”) you might be tempted to read the book to have something to compare it to. Don’t. Just don’t. There’s not enough zombies for zombie fans, there’s very few action scenes for action fans, and if you have already read ‘Pride and Prejudice’, there’s nothing new here for you either.

I’m Quintin Fortune, and this is Thriller!
(Cue Thriller opening)


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Quintin Fortune

Added 22nd October 2015

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