As is my custom to do on a Sunday afternoon, I was cruising and perusing my local comic book stores looking for something new to enthrall my imagine for another week. I couldn’t find anything I was looking for, and believe me I have a huge list. I asked one of the young gentlemen who worked at the shop to find me something and while he was off hunting it down I noticed the above-pictured book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.
I had heard something about this book a couple of months ago so I was immediately intrigued, and picked it up. I quickly read the back synopsis, chuckling to myself and put the book back into it “impulse buy” displayed located at the cash register. When the comic book guy returned carrying a large selection of the books on my list, I asked him about this book. He said he hadn’t heard anything, and had only cursor read the printed reviews, what he did say with confidence was that they had sold a tonne of them.
I continued to laugh as I slowly looked through the stack of comic books, picking and choosing which were imperative to own immediately and which ones I could do without. Yet, I keep thinking about it, it was a hilarious and intriguing concept. I have always found that Jane Austin’s classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice to be incredibly uninteresting. I understand perfectly well where this unfair bias comes from, it comes from over-saturation.
Pride and Prejudice is such a famous story, every English literature student has read it, and the story has become a staple in the popular film medium, being re-told every ten years or so. Therefore, when I think of Pride and Prejudice I tend to shy away, but with the idea that the story is being re imagined with Zombies, well… now we have a story worth telling. Funny enough, Austen is credited as co-author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and is published via Quirk Books.
When it came time to for my comics I could not help myself, I had to purchase it. Since I bought it yesterday I am finding it extremely difficult to put down. Even this blog is painful because I am thinking about where I left off in this book. It is a great book! Apparently it has also been purchased by an undisclosed major film company and will be produced as a feature film. Cooooool…!
I recommend all you Zombie and Jane Austin fans go and get your hands on a copy of this book. It is awesome.