Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Ok, so this book has been on my "maybe" list for years now and when I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation, I decided to give it a try.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the same old story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, except in this version England is suffering from a zombie plague, and the Bennet sisters, their father and Mr. Darcy are all warriors, trained in the deadly arts and fight to protect their motherland from the army of undead.
This book bored me out of my mind. I almost didn't finish it, but I'm a person of principles. How can a book that is about love and zombies be so boring and uninteresting? The pacing is slow, the action scenes lack in suspense and the characters are unlikable d-bags.
The biggest problem with this book is that the zombie part is just a gimmick. You can cut out all the action scenes and still have a full story. And it would be called *drumroll* Pride and Prejudice. The most part of the book is like this: the heroes are talking about stuff, then zombies come and interrupt them, the heroes kill them all and continue talking about stuff. The main characters are never in any danger, you don't feel like there is a lot at stake.
Elizabeth, instead of being a strong and independent woman, like in the original, is a murderer with no morals, and so is Mr. Darcy. They're both bullies and, frankly, they deserve each other.
I'm sorry, I wanted to write a comprehensive review with a plot analysis and all, but all I can think about is how bad this book is. It does offer some chuckles, but for the most part I didn't laugh. And this is supposed to be a spoof.
So, the funny parts are not funny, the scary parts are not scary and the romance is dull. This is one of the most disappointing books I have read in a long time.
This book is a wasted opportunity. Grahame-Smith could have done so much more with what he had. Instead it’s just an overly ambitious fanfic.
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Labels: Comedy, horror, romance, Seth Grahame-Smith