This book isn’t going to be for everyone. That is super abundantly clear. A look on Amazon reviews has an equal rating between 5 and 1/2 Stars reviews. I can imagine its rather polarizing to Austen fans as well as humor fans. I however, kind of got a kick out of reading about Liz Bennett wanting to chop off Darcy’s head for insolence.
If you don’t the know the story, its a fairly simple one: Seth Grahame-Smith basically writes a fanfiction version of Pride and Prejudice if zombies happened to be roaming the country side. Its a ridiculous concept and one I probably wouldn’t have even clicked on even at fanfiction.net but it got published and is getting a movie so I figured maybe I could give it a try. I can’t really review this as a hardcore P&P fan because while I read it, it was back in high school and I remember liking it but when someone comments “Oh the dad is so different, I didn’t like it” (My friend Jennie, 2016), I didn’t have any clue what she was even talking about so I am no help. But I can review it as someone who likes humor, and really can’t we all kind of appreciate Liz talking openly about the shape of Darcy’s ass?
However, what brings my review down and what kind of killed my amusement was what wasn’t in the title. The Zombies were a fun concept but when badly researched and cliched Chinese and Japanese culture gets involved it sways more towards the offensive side than humorous. I am not very knowledgeable about these cultures but I do at least know how to spell Koi. Something that apparently Grahame-Smith and his team of editors did not, and how can I trust a dip into that culture with someone who can’t even take the time for spellcheck. (they spelled it coy, in case anyone was wondering)
So basically, it would have been more fun if Grahame-Smith had stuck with simply the Zombie concept rather than bring Ninjas into the mix. Random positive note: The movie, in the short preview I have seen doesn’t really seem to have these elements, so maybe *crosses fingers* they cut it. It could be a rare case of the movie improving on the book. Also Lena Headey.
I really wish there was half stars. This is a solid 2 1/2. I guess I will round up and hey its still better than The Corrections, which I gave two just for one interesting part in the entirety of it. I think all my reviews this year might end with “Still better than The Corrections” if not WATCH OUT.