Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Author: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Genre: Bestseller, Fantasy, Parody
Publication Date: 2009
Number of Pages: 319p
Geographical Setting: England, The Lake District
Time Period: mid-1800s

Plot Summary: England has been stricken with a strange and unavoidable plague.  The five daughters of the Bennett family, who are trained in the fine art of slaying the unmentionables, would like to find love in the village of Meryton.  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies takes Jane Austen’s story of love, deception and honor, and throws in, well, zombies, to give the story a whole new doomsday twist.  Elizabeth Bennett is put off by Mr. Darcy’s snobbery and arrogant attitude towards the Bennett’s, even as they slay zombies at Mr. Bingley’s dinner party.  The Bingley family, the Bennetts, and the Darcy’s continue to meet at society events throughout the country and the quarantined city of London; upon Darcy’s unexpected wedding proposal, Elizabeth must practice her ninja training skills to defend her honor.  Grahame-Smith adds the undead to Ms. Austen’s classic, taking a fresh (or not so fresh) look at Regent society.

Subject Headings: Bennett, Elizabeth (Fictitious Character), Darcy, Fitzwilliam (Fictitious Character), Zombies—Fiction, Young Women—England, Social Classes—England, Family—England, Sisters, Courtship, England, Parodies

Appeal:
Parody, humor, dark, classical, emotional, action-packed, absurd, witty, fast-paced, wry, satire, romantic.

3 terms that best describe this book:
Brisk, satirical, fun

Similar Authors and Works :
3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:
Jane Austen for Dummies by Joan Elizabeth Kingel Ray (Describes the world of Austen)
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead by Max Brooks (parody survival guide for zombie attacks)
The Black Death: A Chronicle of the Plague by Johannes Nohl (the effects of the plague on Europe)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors
Austenland by Shannon Hale (young woman retreats to an “Austen resort” to fulfill her love of Mr. Darcy)
World War Z by Max Brooks (An account of the world after zombies take over)
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore (Dickensian parody of a Christmas mystery)

Name: Katy A. Hite

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