REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Graphic Novel

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Graphic Novel Review by Trai

I was asked to include that Del Rey publishes this book in the United States, whereas Titan Books does in the UK.

If you’re a Janeite, or even if you’re not, I’m sure you know about the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies craze by now. I’m sure that many of these mashups were in development before PPZ and were released once it was known there was an audience, but many of them have not had the same success as the original. I’m one of the more accepting of the craze myself, but I still find myself rolling my eyes as more and more books join the fray. Having read this graphic novel adaptation of the work that started it all, it seems like an attempt to join in on the cash cow–one that doesn’t seem to have worked quite that well.

So we all know the schtick by now: it’s Pride and Prejudice, plus zombies. The original author, Seth Grahame-Smith, worked closely with Austen’s text to figure out which parts he felt needed more action–mainly, the parts that he found boring. I can’t speak for myself–a few other Jane fans I know and I agree that if you’ve read the original, PPZ can be quite slow going–but of the (mostly men) non-Jane fans I know who have read it, they all seem to be in agreement that the zombies help them get through and actually enjoy the book. To each their own, one supposes. Continue reading