Saturday, January 8, 2011

Jane Austen Walks with Zombies and it's Freaking Awesome.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."
For the record, Dearest Lizzy does not eat
Mr. Darcy's brains.
My name is Schovillova and I am a Jane Austen junkie.

Welcome to Longbourn, home of the Sisters Bennet.  Sword weilding ninja-trained sisters who are well known for not only their beauty, but their Zombie killings ways as well.   Unless you've been under a rock this past year, you've hopefully heard of this little phenom called Pride & Prejudice and Zombies (yes that's one title) and  ya'll, it's as awesome as it sounds.  Now, I may be a little premature in my labeling of 'awesome' as I'm only through the first half, but it really is smartly done believe it or not. 

Despite the zombies and the constant need to carry weapons, Seth Grahame-Smith still manages to maintain the original integrity of Austen's story:  2 sisters and 2 bachelors, with all of the same players.  He artfully intertwines Austen's witty humor and thoughtful dialogue with the undead and dojos and somehow it all makes sense in the English country side.  Even Elizabeth and her sociopathic tendency to want to slay anyone who dares disrespect she or her family remains as charming as ever.  But again, I'm only through the first half.

If you're any kind of P&P fan then these quotes will most certainly make you smile.  If you are not a P&P fan then you will probably think W.T.F.  WARNING:  Spoiler alert ahead!  Proceed with a light heart and open mind....
"No ninjas! How was that possible? Five daughters brought up at home without any ninjas! I never heard of such a thing. Your mother must have been quite a slave to your safety."  If you're like me and pretty much have Austen's version of this line committed to memory then you should love this one.
"An accomplished woman is one who has a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing and the modern languages; she must be well trained in the fighting styles of the Kyoto masters and the modern tactics and weaponry of Europe."  By the way, Lady Catherine is the top martial arts specialist/zombie slayer in all of England.
"Shall we ask your cousin the reason of this?  Shall we ask him why a man of sense and education, and who has been sculpted into a killer of the highest order, is ill-qualified to recommend himself to strangers?"
"If I have wounded your sister's feelings, it was done as a consequence of affection for my friend, and the belief that Miss Bennet had been cursed to wander the earth in search of brains."
And there you have it.  I'll suspend my rating until I finish the last drop, maybe even after I complete the questions at the end.  But trust me, there will be a rating.  
Cau for now.

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