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。
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.
Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favorite novels and I resisted reading this for quite some time. After a couple years, I caved and ordered it from Amazon. Take a favorite novel and throw in zombies, blood, brains, sexual innuendos and ninjas complete with nunchucks, swords and throwing stars and you have sheer genius.
This book was HILARIOUS. It was written very tongue in cheek and I giggled the entire time that I read it. It stays true to Jane Austen's book but makes snide comments in places where you wish Jane Austen would have. For instance, Lydia is prattling on about something or another and Elizabeth is fantasizing about cutting off her head, just so she can have some peace and quiet. Mary's character actually turns out to be quite the saucy minx - despite her moralizing. Mr. Wickham gets what is coming to him at the hands of Mr. Darcy and Lady Catherine is a renowned zombie killer and something of a chemist as she tries to invent serums to slow the progression of the virus. (The showdown between her and Elizabeth is GREAT!)
Dialogue written by Graham -Smith runs to this sort:
Elizabeth: "Very well. That reply will do for the present. Perhaps by and by I may observe that private balls are much pleasanter than public ones.'
Darcy: 'On the contrary, I find that balls are much more enjoyable when they cease to remain private.'"
I will recommend having read Austen's Pride and Prejudice first - I think the story can still be enjoyed, but having read the original will provide reference points that make what happens to the characters much funnier. Don't take this book too seriously - as it is not meant to be that way. Just enjoy the laughter it will bring to your day!