by Steve Hockensmith
I read this Quirk books latest from cover to cover within three train trips. It blows Pride and Prejudice and Zombies straight out the water with its originality, characters and sense of action. “Originality?… in a Jane Austen rehash!” you say. Well this isn’t any usual sort of rehashing. Instead of inserting Ninjas and dojos carelessly into the plot, Hockensmith weaves them through a completely fresh regency narrative. I am now a die-hard fan, and I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this in the slightest. Continue reading
We’ve seen the book and the prequel. Soon to see a movie and a graphic novel. And now a video game? Is anyone else feeling a little bit drained? I love a good old zombie-killing game. Particularly when it involves blood and my iPhone (or iPod Touch if you swing that way). But this just seems like a waste of time Continue reading
…And Women’s History Month
Directed by Charles Haines
As spoken about previously in other posts, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith (no attribution to Jane Austen) is a pretty exciting development in the P&P&Z saga starting to emerge. However, nothing got me quite so excited about it as this video. Continue reading
Yeah, we’re all getting a teensy bit sick and tired of the P&P&Z posts, but here’s another one… and I’m actually a bit excited. To be released on 4 May this year (though I have seen 5 May floating around), the new novel is a Del Rey piece, said to be being adapted by Tony Lee and illustrated by Cliff Richards (who you might know from some Marvel comics pieces).
Graphic novels are a guilty pleasure of mine, but with a film already in the making… is this a PPZ overkill? I have read some people say they would never read the book, but would give the graphic novel a look- so maybe it’s appealing to a whole new audience. Maybe it’s getting other people into classics. Maybe it should be released a lot later on. Maybe it’s not. I don’t know. Continue reading
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2011) FILM
After internet searching the novel for the last blog, and finding out there is going to be a film version I can’t stop thinking about it. In my previous blog I wrote: “Natalie Portman is going to produce… and star in it. I assume she will be Lizzy (and I have my reservations here), but assumptions are the mother of all stuff ups, so bear with me. I can’t say I’m not really excited about this. I ADORE zombie films. 28 days later, Dawn of the Dead etc… amazing. But I don’t really want the P&P side of this to fall flat, and degrade the classic down into a rehashing of every other zombie movie but with some pretty bonnets thrown in.”
SIDE NOTE: A quick picture of the book prequel front cover- “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls”
It’s available on pre-order so make sure you get ready to snap up a copy- March 23! I’m definitely going to get my hands on one the second March comes around.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies- Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
Quite frankly I was disappointed with this book. Granted, it isn’t meant to be serious, but it was not so much a parody as it was the original with “accomplished” changed to “Kung-fu master” and a few random passages about the undead shoved in. He does give Austen credit by putting her name next to his, but I have a feeling she would turn in her grave if she read it. It is rather funny at stages though, and I did like the part where Lizzy shows off to Lady Catherine. I also loved the illustrations provided, as they gave it a bit more comic-value and made the cover charge a little bit more worth it- although it’s already a measly 13 bucks so I can’t complain. I can also see the benefit in introducing someone who isn’t the biggest 18th/19th century fan, or reader of the regency classics, to this book first before full-on P&P.