Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Genre: Fiction

One Word Review: Silly

First Line: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

Synopsis: I could write an in-depth synopsis of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, heretofore to be referred to as PPZ, heck I could even copy and paste one from Amazon, but really what is the point? If you have read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice then it is her story with ridiculous zombie parts thrown in here and there to turn this classic into a zombie novel. If you haven’t read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice then please for the love of Pete read it before you waste your time reading PPZ. It’s a classic for a reason people.

Jess’s Review: Due a serious personal problem where I finish books, even if they suck, I read PPZ at the expense of far better reads like Catching Fire. It took me 3 weeks to finish PPZ and finally on Friday night I just hunkered down and pounded it out. My overall impression after reading PPZ is that the author Seth Grahame-Smith has been forced to watch the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice over and over by an overbearing wife, and as his revenge he has inflicted the world with PPZ. I picture him selling his manuscript to his publisher and they look remarkably like Beevis and Butthead and Grahame-Smith is saying, “Well, it is Pride and Prejudice on crack with the best lines stolen from the original author with silly zombies running all over the place.” With his publisher’s response, (Beevis and Butthead) “Huh u…yea yea!?!” How it got to be a New York Times bestseller is beyond me. Maybe he appeals to the men in want of revenge for having to watch the movie too much? I will say that it is pretty silly and does offer some laughs….albeit cheap laughs. I did find that it was funnier when I read it aloud to my husband then when I read it in my head. I would recommend reading it if you are really in need of feeling like a teenage boy who finds boogers funny otherwise I would skip it.

6 comments:

  1. Yeah, I think I'll be skipping this one.

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  2. I loved it, but I guess I like boogers!! I just love parodies!

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  3. Loved your review. I picked this book up at the bookstore and flipped through it and couldn't believe how stupid it looked. Glad to have my suspicions confirmed.

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  4. Oh no! I don't mean if you like PPZ you are a teenage boy who likes boogers! I know lots of people liked this one. Please don't take offense!

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  5. I loved it. It's not some book where you can go through and discuss characters or anything. You already know them. Really, I thought it was clever how they added in this whole other element and still kept the story. Most of it make me laugh because it was so far out from what Jane Austen intended. Some of it I will admit was kind of gruesome.
    P&P is probably my favorite book of all time, at least my most read. I think it's a chance to step back and laugh at how seriously we take some things.

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  6. Ok, I wrote this whole "don't take it so seriously" post that didn't show up. It's poking fun at my favorite/most read book in an extremely clever way. It was hilarious.

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