Pride and Prejudice and Zombies


Author: Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the class regency romance now with ultraviolent zombie mayhem.

Genre: Horror, Romance

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 319

Geographical Setting: England

Time Period: 19th Century

Series: n/a

Plot Summary: Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are trained in the art of killing zombies – a skill that comes in handy as a mysterious plague continues to overrun England and wrench the dead from their graves.  Elizabeth is determined to beat the plague, but just like this novel’s predecessor, Ms. Bennett is soon distracted by the proud and handsome Mr. Darcy.

Subject Headings:

Austen, Jane – Parodies, imitations, etc.

Bennet, Elizabeth – Fiction

Darcy, Fitzwilliam – Fiction

Zombies – Fiction

Appeal: stately, densely-written, dramatic, romantic, sarcastic, sophisticated, eccentric characters, well-developed characters, sympathetic, action-oriented, violent, rural setting, vivid language

3 terms that best describe this book: Witty, Character-centered, leisurely-paced

Similar Authors and Works 3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

  1. Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence.  This 2007 biography of Austen delves deeply into the author’s social, personal, and financial affairs which so closely informed her work.  Austen fans may find this biography a useful supplement to Austen’s own work.
  2. Moab is my washpot by Stephen Fry.  For readers who enjoy an English setting and reading about novelists this is a recommended read.  The author recounts his own coming of age story – a strong theme throughout Austen’s work – and how his own personal experiences affected his novels.
  3. Searching for Jane Austen by Emily Auerbach.  Auerbach gives Austen fans a readable portrait of the author.  She delves into Austen’s six published novels, her unpublished works, and modern pop culture references to give readers an in-depth look at who Jane Austen really was.  For literature fans, Auerbach also highlights Twain’s love/hate relationship with Austen.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

  1. Guardians of Eternity by Alexandra Ivy.  Readers who enjoyed Elizabeth Bennet as a zombie slayer may enjoy Abby Barlow – a woman caught in the battle between good and evil.  Like Elizabeth Bennet, she too falls for an unlikely hero.  This book is the first in a series.
  2. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters and Jane Austen.  This is another Austen parody, perhaps second in popularity to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  Readers who enjoyed Grahame-Smith’s take on Pride and Prejudice may also enjoy this novel – although it helps to read the original first.
  3. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.  This book is part of Fforde’s Thursday Next series in which the series title character works to stop a criminal from kidnapping various literary characters – in this case Jane Eyre.

Name: Liz Humrickhouse


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