Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy Fight Zombies

The affairs of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have always held the interest of many. Those who have not read the classic novel at least know the plot line from the several movie versions (the BBC version, the Keira Knightley version, the Bollywood version to name but a few). The story of Elizabeth Bennet’s marriage to proud Mr. Darcy has remained popular throughout the last 200 years, and recently it’s gotten a new twist: the undead. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is the newest take on and old tale. The novel claims to be by Seth Grahame-Smith, but also by Jane Austen . And it is. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is mostly the original text of “ Pride and Prejudice ,” but with zombie-killing scenes interspersed throughout the novel. In the original “Pride and Prejudice,” such a scene happened in which Mr. Darcy asks Elizabeth Bennet about her governess, and she replies that they never had a governess. In “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” governesses are instead ninjas, and London—where the girls would have learned wholesome lady-like things—is China, where Elizabeth and her sisters learn how to fight properly. Fans of “Pride and Prejudice,” at least fans of “Pride and Prejudice” that have a taste for the undead, will enjoy the detailed paragraphs involving Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters forming the Pentagram of Death and beheading unwelcome zombies at Mr. Bingley ’s ball. They will also find humor in Mr. Darcy ’s silent admiration of Elizabeth Bennet’s deadly skills. Ball gowns find themselves being altered to allow for the concealment of daggers. And, most tragically, Elizabeth’s close friend Charlotte Lucas becomes afflicted with the illness that turns humans into zombies. So, the unwitting Mr. Collins finds himself unknowingly marrying a zombie. The rights for “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” have been bought, so be expecting to see Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, Jane and Mr. Bingley slaying zombies on the big screen sometime in the near future. “I’d read ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’” says Senior Erin Laichak. Those interested in reading the book should talk to Suzanne Metcalfe, the librarian. While the Dimond library doesn’t currently have “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” Metcalfe says it’s coming soon. Those who enjoyed reading “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” can also keep their eyes out for “Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters,” a story about the Dashwood sisters, Mr. Willoughby and undersea terrors. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” will be enjoyed by fans of “Pride and Prejudice,” and perhaps by a few others. The undead add an intriguing twist to an age-old love tale. And who can resist rampaging zombies plus romance?