Dead spin on classic results in disappointment
Recently, it seems that zombies are the new vampires. This is becoming more evident with the Hollywood media trying to make monsters sexy and/or lovable, just as they did with vampires, through necrophilic love stories like “Warm Bodies” and “Twilight.”
However, this kind of monster glorifying nonsense needs to be shut down. Why? Because the world is exposed to abominations like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
“Pride and Prejudice,” written by Jane Austen, is a classic novel, originally published in 1813, which will go down in history scarred with this “trendy” gore-filled remake.
The novel, which was adapted into a graphic novel, is the two-headed demon baby of Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen, who surely would be livid if she saw her work used to pander to the fang-banging youth.
There are several points in the story where the words are identical of those in “Pride and Prejudice.” The novel is a destruction of classic literature.
The Bennet girls and Mr. Darcy are remade as Ninja-trained assassins, who, between festive galas and balls, are fighting any zombies they may come by (regardless of carrying a weapon or being unladylike.) The zombies are viewed as ‘unmentionables’ with an unfortunate and unavoidable disease, which a handful of the classic characters develop throughout the book. The relationship between Elizabeth Bennet, who is a bit more blood thirsty than the original, and Mr. Darcy, who is pretty much the same in manner and arrogance, stays true to the original novel.
Jennifer Schuessler, from the New York Times, wrote: “The book, probably the first Austen/horror mashup to make it into print, is roughly 85 percent Austen’s original text, with references to monsters, putrefying flesh and ninja swordplay added on just about every page.”
Grahame-Smith has published two more spin-offs, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After.”
It’s unsettling to think what other classic novels will be painted red with monsters. Will Huck Finn run away with a werewolf? Will Moby Dick transform from a whale to a kraken and be hunted by vampiric Captain Ahab? Authors of today should consider originality rather than adaptation.
However, the morbidly seductive artwork by illustrator Cliff Richards is wonderful, which surely contributed to “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” being added to the New York Times’ best-seller list.
Grahame-Smith’s work, if you can count blatant plagiarism as work, is merely fan fiction masquerading as a novel.
Paige Jurgensen/Staff writer
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