'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' by Seth Grahame-Smith (2009)
Synopsis: The plot of this book is almost identical to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, only condensed and set in an alternate universe where Regency-era England is being terrorised by zombies. Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters live in a countryside estate called Longbourn with their parents. Mr Bennet instructs his daughters in martial arts and weapons training but Mrs Bennet would rather have her girls married off to wealthy men. When the wealthy bachelor Mr Bingley moves to nearby Netherfield, Mrs Bennett spots an opportunity and sends her daughters off to the first ball where Bingley will appear. The girls save the party from a zombie attack but Elizabeth clashes with Bingley's friend, the zombie-hunter Mr Darcy.
I'm a huge Jane Austen fan but I also have a sense of humour. I'm not one of those fans that gets automatically uptight and offended over humorous parodies of a favourite book or author. I suspect Jane Austen herself felt the same way because she wrote a comic parody of Gothic literature called Northanger Abbey. That being said Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is nowhere near as funny as its premise would suggest. Admittedly there are some fairly entertaining scenes and passages in it: the highlights being the opening three chapters and Darcy's first proposal. However, the problem is that the humour gets old very quickly and the novelty wears off. The gags became repetitive and just plain irritating after a while.
It's a shame really because this book has a great premise but it just doesn't warrant its length. I think it would have worked far better as a short excerpt in a magazine. Rating: 2/5