Of course, it's supposed to be gross--that's the zombie way.
As far as I understand it, the zombie sub-genre of horror includes the following requirements:
- graphic descriptions of zombies attacking in hordes, eating brains
- violent "offings" of many zombies utilizing martial arts, edged weapons, and firearms
- a certain level of humor and poking fun at the whole process, and a clumsiness and stupidity in the zombies
- the threatened end to "life as we know it"
However, the charm began to fade as the novel progressed. I began to anticipate where references to zombies or fighting skills were going to be inserted--and found myself correct. The writing was beneath that of Austen and couldn't sustain its appeal.
I finally put the book down for a while because it seemed that the plotline was virtually the same as the original novel, except comments were added at appropriate points regarding how many "kills" a character had attained or some comment about fighting strategies. I got to where I could anticipate when a zombie comment would be made and how it was phrased--and was accurate too often. The story became predictable.
The story did diverge in three main areas, though, and this allowed me to finish the novel, albeit with a lot of skimming. The main divergences began when Elizabeth visited the Collinses at the vicarage at Rosings.
- The Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas relationship was significantly changed.
- The Mr. Wickham and Lydia Bennet relationship was quite different.
- The Right Honourable Lady Catherine de Bourgh has a significantly different role in the novel.
Ultimately, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just wasn't clever or elegant enough. But, of course, zombie novels are supposed to be clever or elegant.
Copyright 2012 by Thomas L. Kepler, all rights reserved
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