Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Pride and Prej. and Zombies) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2015/12/15
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The New York Times best seller is now a major motion picture starring Lily James and Sam Riley, with Matt Smith, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey.
This movie tie-in edition features sixteen pages of color stills from the film, a reading group discussion guide, and other bonus materials.
Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an audacious retelling of English literature’s most enduring novel. This expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem begins when a mysterious plague falls upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. It’s the perfect read for literature lovers, zombie fans, and anyone who loves a reanimated Austen.
“…a jolly mash-up of Austen’s 1813 classic and the horror tropes of the walking dead…”-Philadelphia Inquirer
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the ultimate mash-up.” – Newsday
“Because every story is better with zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith's bestselling novel-turned-movie is a must-read for Austen lovers... Pride and Prejudice and Zombies needs to be on every P&P fan's shelf.”–Bustle
ロンドンの上流階級に属す独身のMr. BingleyがMeryton村に別荘を買い、彼を歓迎するための舞踏会でMr. DarcyはElizabeth Bennetを侮辱する（かの有名な場面）。その直後に舞踏会はゾンビの襲撃に遭い、見事な闘いの術を披露したElizabethにMr. Darcyは惹かれるものを感じる。
イギリスのアマゾンで121、アメリカでは816のレビューがつくくらいの人気作（ただし3-40％は☆1-2で平均☆3.5と評価が分かれています）だけに、以前から映画化が試みられていましたが、やっと今年2015年に公開されることになったそうです。エリザベスがダウントン・アビーでローズ役、実写版シンデレラで主役のLily James、ジェーンがダークシャドウでヒロイン役のBella Heathcote、Mrダーシーがビザンチウムでダーヴェル役のSam Riley、Mrビングリーがノアでセム役のDouglas Boothと、原作をそのまま制作しても成立しそうなキャストですので、グロいシーンが苦手でなければ、原作のファンには必見になりそうです。
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And I have to add these sexual innuendos, and he thinks to get a laugh. I groaned. @63% (Mr. Darcy has shot some zombies on Pemberley grounds while Elizabeth and the Gardiners are visiting.) “She remembered the lead ammunition in her packet and offered it to him. ‘Your balls, Mr. Darcy?’ He reached out and closed her hand around them, and offered, ‘They belong to you, Miss Bennet.’” Out of the blue – Really? And when Jane asks Elizabeth when she realized she was in love with Darcy “…I hardly know when it began. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing the way his trousers clung to those most English parts.”
Then must you additionally portray Mrs. Gardiner as having adulterous behavior? @ 64% “…she set off in quest of her former acquaintance, and (unbeknownst to the sleeping Mr. Gardiner) her evening was spent in the satisfactions of intercourse renewed after many years’ discontinuance.” Is this really necessary? It, again, adds NOTHING to the plot! The Gardiners have always been favorites of mine and I don't like to see this written of her.
There are so many WONDERFUL variations written in JAFF and if you want to use one with paranormal characters and stories I can easily find others which are not only the author’s own creations but also a better story line; not this man’s simple adding to the best of stories. Oh, I do know why a paranormal tale was selected by Hollywood: what with Twilight, Grimm, Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, etc, being so popular but it seems the fact that this author wrote Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows simply gave him the connection and the Hollywood crowd took the easy way of finding a Jane Austen tale with paranormal shades.
Elizabeth in this tale is a different character: she refers to herself as the bride of death. And she has some grim thoughts when confronted by annoying or even bad behavior: thoughts of chopping off a sister’s head, of both cutting out Darcy’s heart and cutting off his head to present to Jane as revenge for how he separated Bingley from Jane.
The activity with the zombies does not provide a grand adventure, a teaming up of ODC to win a battle, but rather some occasional skirmishes: walking into Meryton, visiting a church, the Netherfield Ball, etc. our characters are beset upon by the undead and they use their skills to dispatch one and all. There is some argument about whether having trained in China or in Japan has provided the best Masters and there is also the matter of the architecture at Pemberley being rendered in the Oriental manner.
So do you have to read this book to anticipate the movie? NO. As most is Jane Austen’s canon you know what to expect. Way over priced as it is not creative at all.
After seeing the movie, I decided I should probably read the book. It was dreadful (pun intended).
I understood this to be a re-write of P&P, but with the assumption that zombies existed and Lizzie Bennet engaged in war against them. I expected zombies to be integral to the plot and the quality to similar to Austen’s original work.
Instead, it felt like Grahame-Smith just replaced words in Austen’s story with the word zombie. Most of the time, the mention of zombies made no sense in the sentence or scene. It seemed the zombies where just dumped in without consideration for how they connect to the plot. It ruined the story. The idea of Lizzie as a warrior was fantastic, but the execution was cheesy, amateurish, and ridiculous. The constant references to their time in China and the over-the-top training they supposedly received – seemed ludicrous and stupid. If they were so well trained, Lizzie wouldn’t lose control and nearly behead Darcy just for insulting her. Lame. And zombies weren’t the only thing dumped in. Grahame-Smith also added odd things that had no influence on the story - like Mrs. Gardner having an affair with an old boyfriend. Why would you add that in?
My other main complaint is the inconsistencies in the story. For example, at the time of the story, zombies have been around for 20+ years. So why do they still have zombies coming up from the earth, new, each spring. Why aren’t people cutting the heads off – in particular because it is the law? And after a while, with all the roving bands of militia, the warriors like Elizabeth and her family, and Darcy and his family - do you still have these large packs of zombies? After a while, you’d simply kill all the ones above ground, and dig up and kill all the ones in the graves? The population seems to shift it’s attitudes towards zombies based on whatever suites the plot at the time. This creates characters that change – one page they are ignoring basic zombie safety, the next berating other characters for their lack. There was also a lack of consistency in the supposed British manners – sometimes it seemed society praised the skills of the warrior and others, the girls were shunned and whispered about for carrying sword.
In the end, I had to shift my thinking. By treating it as I would, say, an episode of Power Rangers, meaning, I suspend hope or expectation of consistency or reality, I assume the author is an amateur and the intended the story for a immature audience, was I able to finish this book. It almost was enjoyable once I stopped expecting it to be good. Not sure how this made it to the top of the best-seller list with it being so dreadful…..
5 stars for being good enough to finish reading on one sitting.
5 stars for having me laugh out loud in the first chapter.
1 star for not being able to keep up the humor.
3 stars for turning a romantic classic into the story of two overly violent people falling in love... And the love isn't very believable. I mean - Darcy ends up maiming Wickham! Elizabeth nearly kills lady Catherine! Elizabeth in fact kills not merely zombies (that's clearly a good thing), but also 'ninjas' - which means she's getting rid of the protection in her world against the zombies overrunning the countryside. It's as though these two live in a computer-game-world with infinite protection in the background. The only reason Elizabeth doesn't get killed is obviously that as the main character she can't get killed. She has to have super powers, though she doesn't have them explicitly.
In fact - the whole book suffers from lack of consistency. If this world is overrun with zombies, you'd expect less servants running all over the countryside with messages. You'd expect Elizabeth to be less involved with her pride, but instead happy at any help she gets killing zombies. I mean, survival vs pride... survival has to win. As long as nobody stops her from picking up her sword, who cares who ELSE is doing so? And WHY does Jane give up defending herself against zombies at the end of the novel? These zombies have already killed off Bingley's whole staff in a previous chapter. Clearly a lady being able to defend herself is so necessary that merely getting married is not enough reason to stop.
Overall conclusion: I won't be watching the movie, nor will I be rereading this. If you're into zombies - you may like this. If you want a somewhat believable plot, this may not be the book for you. [says a Harry Potter fan]
Zombies has been on my To Read list a long time and finally my book club picked it, giving me the perfect excuse to move it to the top of the queue. I did the majority of reading in one day.
The film makes a departure in the plot revolving around Wickham. Both the book and film are good in their own rights.
I enjoyed the book from start to finish and wasn't the least bit disgusted by the zombies, heart eating, or vomit, which made appearances in the story.
Lizzy and Jane are the same as ever. I appreciated the improvement of Mary's character. Absolutely loved the proposal scene and Lizzy's fight with Lady Catherine. Wickham's take down at the end in regards to the marrige worked for me. Lydia, is as ever, an idiot. The most interesting liberty was taken in regards to Charlotte's story line. So sad.
I'd be happy to read a continuation of this tale. Or other monster renditions of Ms. Austen's books.
I was all set for some extra violent zombie mayhem, and for the first several chapters, I was enormously entertained. Yes, I'm one of those women who has read "Pride and Prejudice" many, many times. Probably too many to count, and since I know every scene and quote forward and backward, it was fun watching someone twist this beloved story in a totally unexpected way. Some readers may be surprised at just how much of the original text is preserved (an Amazon reviewer says 85%), and it had me thinking that Seth Grahame-Smith is taking one hell of a piggy-back ride on one of the greatest writers of all time.
After the initial shock of finding zombies in the countryside, and thinking of the Bennet sisters as martial arts masters, I have to say that it started to feel a bit tedious. It sounds strange, but I'm about to criticize this parody for not going far enough. There were a few surprises here and there, but the twists were rather subtle, and everything adhered faithfully to Austen's original plot, pretty much scene for scene. I would have appreciated a much more dramatic departure because it was all so predictable.
This book kind of reminded me of the new Star Wars movies, particularly the one where we finally get to see Yoda bust out his Jedi moves. I recall how the whole theater erupted into applause at that scene, and this book gives readers a similar moment during the angry confrontation near the end between Lady Catherine and Elizabeth. That's a fight I'd pay to see again, but the rest of the book was just a one-shot-wonder. I won't reread this copy, only the original.