So, it's merely a coincidence that I start reading this book a couple of days after John mentions it in his video.
But I was just wondering what people think about it?
I've read Pride and Prejudice, seen the BBC tv version (with Colin Firth) and the big screen movie (with Keira Knightly) and now i'm reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
I, at the moment, have no problem with it at all. I feel that the zombies and ninja aspect of it has been integrated really well into the book.
But i've seen some people say that it's ruining a literary classic. But isn't it just another adaptation? Another version of the story? I didn't like the movie version, but that isn't to say that it's ruined the book.
What do other nerdfighters think?
i read p&p&z about a year ago and i really liked it. i re-read it right after i finished it. i, for one, could never really get into pride & prejudice, i read it a couple times but it was a bit tedious for me. so yeah, i enjoyed p&p&z, it gave me enough of the roiginal story to know what went down, while having enough zombie-ness to keep me interested :) i also enjoyed sense &sensibility & sea monsters
I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies a few years ago, and for the most part, I enjoyed it. I think my favorite line was "Elizabeth lifted up her skirt, disregarding modesty, and delivered a swift kick to the creature's head," along with the accompanying picture. I also really liked the incorporation of both zombies and ninjas (Lady Catherine's ninjas amused me to no end). Overall, I think the book was a lot of fun to read.
My biggest problem with it wasn't that it "ruined a literary classic" but rather that, in some places, the writing seemed a bit too cut and pasted. Sometimes when the Grahame-Smith would try to stick to the original text by just changing a few words in a sentence, the writing seemed awkward to me, and I felt that an entirely new sentence may have been more suitable.
Of course, that's still a pretty minor complaint. I'd hardly argue that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is ruining Jane Austen's original book, though. I'm not sure that anything which combines zombies with famous literary characters can be taken too seriously. The story is supposed to be a fun and entertaining twist on the original, and I think it accomplishes that goal quite well.
On a side note, this reminds me that I found the cover of the book quite terrifying when I first read it. When I was reading at night, I would have to put the book on my shelf face down, so that I couldn't see the zombie picture as I was trying to sleep.