S. Worthen (owlfish) wrote,
S. Worthen

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The concept behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is genius; the reality is partially a let-down. It's P&P with zombies, ninjas, and a general level of silliness which made me pine for the graphic novel version of the same book. It's also P&P without the wit and subtlety of the original, with ridiculousness and rather more modern sensibilities instead. Darcy is always "Mr. Darcy". Interior monologues and additional conversations are occasionally provided to help explicate nuance, and the ending is spelled out in great detail; all this is hand-holding in case the reader otherwise failed to grasp the plot.

The world-building has many merits: I loved the modern need for a fortress of London, and the prosaic interferences of the zombies with the delivery of the post. That said, the society did not seem sustainable: the post was intercepted a little too frequently for it to seem a credible system of communication. What logic was there to society in a married woman giving up her martial arts? The plot too had strangely unresolved secondary elements. In particular, the argument of Japanese vs. Chinese martial arts was not carried to much of a conclusion.

If you are a P&P completist, if you are keen on zombie books, or if you would never bother reading Pride and Prejudice unless it had zombies in it, the book's worthwhile. Otherwise? I don't think I'd bother.

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