Yet this novel more than honors that work and storyline. You should indeed give this gem of a modern retelling a chance. A Regency Era Zombie apocalypse novel is hilarious in all the ways you might expect. Mrs. Bennett is just as obsessed with keeping up appearances and finding her daughters husbands, but has the additional hurdle of Mr. Bennett insisting that his daughters be trained in the art of Japanese warfare to battle the so called "Unmentionables." Elizabeth is just as headstrong as ever, further empowered by her training.
Grahame-Smith's additions further enhance the tension between Elizabeth and Darcy. For example, his notorious first proposal takes place as Elizabeth grips a katana, intent on defending her family's honor from his earlier slight of etiquette. In fact, the image below depicts Darcy's first impression of Elizabeth and her sisters. Although things are indeed different, a zombie slaying wife is still slightly undesirable.
|Phillip Smiley's illustrations are simply delightful and fit the tone of the novel so well. pg. 15 source|
One of my favorite changes to the novel is Elizabeth's eventual battle against Catherine (who is a renowned master warrior) and her own fleet of ninjas that results in her union with Darcy. How cool is it that the traditional idea of the duel for one's hand is reversed?
|Those who slay together stay together pg. 303 source|
It is just as enticing as the original (It is authored by Steve Hockensmith as Grahame-Smith was busy writing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). It details the girl's training (which partially took place in Japan) as well as some of their earlier adventures that lead up to the events of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In any case, I loved it. I went on to actually read Austen's original works afterword and quite enjoyed them. I have a hunch that I'm not the only girl (or guy) that had this experience. I indeed hope that the film adaptation brings this experience to many more individuals.
Just in case you haven't seen it, here's the trailer in its full glory.
Have you read this, or other adaptations (like Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters)? What do you think of the trailer? What are your hopes for the film?