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Book Club: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Lily Tabanera
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"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."

Does it sound a little off? Don’t worry, it’s supposed to. The original quote— "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."—is from Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice", the novel that introduced the world to Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. It has been adapted numerous times, both in film (the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the mini-series starring Colin Firth) and in print ("Bridget Jones’ Diary").

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" or PPZ is a novel by Seth-Graham Smith which was published in 2009. It is a parody of sorts, a mash-up that combines Jane Austen’s characters and plot with elements of zombie fiction. It was even adapted into a film in 2016! It’s chock-full of vivid descriptions of the undead, blood and gore, martial arts, and fight scenes.

In PPZ, Mrs. Bennet is still obsessed with getting all her five daughters married despite the strange disease that is troubling Regency England. Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters—especially Jane—are all beautiful and highly trained in zombie-slaying. At a ball, they meet the amiable Mr. Bingley and his odious but popular zombie-killer friend Mr. Darcy. Despite a zombie attack, Jane ang Bingley get along perfectly. Elizabeth and Darcy do not. Mayhem ensues when Darcy plays a role in separating the two lovers and Elizabeth vows to kill him.

If you’re looking for a new read, and you’re not too iffy about zombies and brains, this novel fits the October mood perfectly!


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