Pride and Prejudice and Zombies


Author: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Genre: Best Seller

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 317

Geographical Location: Hertfordshire, Kent, Derbyshire, and London, England

Time Period: early 1800s

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Jane Austen’s beloved classic has been overrun by “unmentionables.” The Bennet sisters have been trained from an early age in the deadly arts and are the main defenders of both their home of Longbourn and the surrounding neighborhood. At a ball they are introduced to Mr. Bingley and his friend Mr. Darcy. These gentlemen have recently moved into the neighborhood after a zombie attack killed the previous tenants. There Jane Bennet begins to fall for Mr. Bingley, her sister Elizabeth is slighted by Mr. Darcy, and they still have time to display their superior fighting skills. The Bennet’s estate is entailed to a ridiculous and pompous clergyman Mr. Collins who, after being rejected by Elizabeth, marries her friend Charlotte who has been infected by the strange plague. Elizabeth goes to visit Charlotte and meets Mr. Darcy again. Mr. Darcy has fallen for Elizabeth and her zombie fighting prowess and proposes to her; she soundly rejects him in a spectacular fight scene. She meets Mr. Darcy later with her aunt and uncle, and she is surprised by both his excellent fighting skills and his pleasant manners. Elizabeth begins to see there is more to Darcy than meets the eye when an event happens that threatens to tear them apart forever. Will Darcy and Elizabeth resolve their differences, will Mr. Collins ever notice his wife is a zombie, and can the Bennet sisters single handedly stop the strange plague? Never fear Lady Catherine condescends to answer these questions and so much more!

Subject Headings: Bennet, Elizabeth (Fictitious character) — Fiction. Darcy, Fitzwilliam (Fictitious character) — Fiction. Zombies — Fiction. Young women — England — Fiction. Social classes — England — Fiction. Family — England — Fiction. Sisters — Fiction. Courtship — England — Fiction. Parodies. England — Fiction.

Appeal: eccentric and engaging characters, familiar characters, quirky, strong secondary characters, detailed, action-oriented, character-centered, domestic, violent, family-centered, plot twists, resolved ending, small-town, historical details, dangerous, darker, humorous, playful, sarcastic, romantic, accessible, classic, elegant, witty, parody

3 Terms that Best Describe this Book: parody, engaging characters, humorous

Relevant Fiction Titles:

Jane Fairfax by Joan Aikens –This book is for fans of Austen’s work who are not interested in the violent aspects of P&P&Z, and instead crave the untold stories in Austen’s novels. In this case the story of Emma is told from the point of view of a secondary character.

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks – For those readers, fearing a breakout, who are looking to brush up on their zombie fighting skills. A helpful outbreak journal is included for the recording of suspicious events by would be zombie fighters. A graphic novel version is also available for those who enjoyed the illustrations in P&P&Z.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding – A contemporary take on love that plays homage to Pride and Prejudice. For readers who enjoyed the humor and love story of the original.

Relevant Non-Fiction Works:

Jane Austen: the World of her Novels by Deirdre LeFaye – A well respected Austen scholar looks at the culture of 19th century England. For readers who want to immerse themselves in the time period of the novel.

Zombies: a Field Guide to the Walking Dead by Bob Curran – This title explores the history of our fascination with the undead and is for readers who can’t get enough of the “ultraviolent zombie mayhem.”

Green Lane to Nowhere: the Life of an English Village by Byron Rogers – Looks at the history and society of life in the English countryside, for those readers looking for a Meryton of their own.

Name: Elizabeth


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