Rating: 3/5

Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction, Humour

No. Pages: 321

ISBN: 9781594748899

Usually I would write a few sentences summarising what the book is about but I think in this case, the title is pretty self-explanatory. It’s Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with some added zombies and gore thrown in where the Bennett sisters are zombie killers having been trained in martial arts in China.

One thing for certain is that you cannot take this book seriously. It’s a parody and it’s meant to silly. I don’t think anyone imagined that it would be a literary masterpiece and hardcore Austen fans will probably cringe at the mere mention of this book. But the inclusion of zombies and the slightly over-the-top fight scenes worked somehow. Maybe it was the complete contrast between the civilities of the 18th Century and the chaos that a rising of the undead can bring.

The characters all take the various battles with zombies in their stride which normalises the presence of them even further. Although, in the beginning especially, I felt that encounters with zombies were a bit too fleeting and not enough was said about it.

The main criticism I have is that the plot remains the same, albeit with a few twists. Nothing particularly eventful happens zombie-wise. They’re just in the background, making the setting a bit more interesting whilst the plot remains the same. I prefer the film adaptation’s ending because it veered from the original story and did its own thing with a plot that was far more zombie-focussed (obviously because otherwise it would just be another Pride and Prejudice film). But despite this, I found Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to be a fun and light-hearted read.