You Gotta Read This Book

Because it was cheaper to fly out of BWI, I took the train from Philly. . . and wound up way early for my flight. Luckily, I had Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to keep me occupied. It was hilarious--I must've been grinning the whole time I was reading it. And the pictures. . . you'd die laughing once you found out what "Kiss Me Deer" means, for example. It's especially enjoyable if you can't stand Mr. Collins.

Plus, it was a great conversation-starter, just as I had guessed. It worked on a middle-aged couple who happened to be sitting next to me in the waiting area at the gate. I went to stash the book in my carry-on when it was getting close to boarding time.

Husband: Wait, can I ask you what book you were just reading?

Me: Oh, it was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Wife: (Laughs) Is it like the original story?

Me: Sort of. (I take it out of my bag to show them.) They put it as co-authored by Jane Austen. It's about 95% of the original story, using Jane Austen's words. . . only England is being attacked by zombies, and the Bennet sisters have been trained in the martial arts to fight them. (Reading the blurb on the back) 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.' (Now the husband is laughing.) Yeah, there's even a fight scene at a party where they team up and kill the zombies.

Wife: We have a teenage daughter--do you think she'd like it?

Me: If she's read the original Pride & Prejudice, she'll appreciate it more. But probably anybody vaguely familiar with the story would like it.

Then we were speculating whether Masterpiece Theatre would do a series on it. I hope so!

(See, even on vacation, I can't stop recommending books.)


Lizzie said…
Hee hee! Love it.
Kate P said…
It's probably one of the funniest books I've read since probably Jen Lancaster's "Such a Pretty Fat."
Cullen said…
Now that you've been initiated into the zombie book world you need to read Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z.
Kate P said…
Cullen. . . graphic pictures in them? I was a little grossed out by PPZ's illustrations. (Although for some reason I can watch surgery shows on TV without the slightest twinge.)
Mr. Bingley said…
I am so getting that book.
Kate P said…
You will enjoy it a ton, Bingley.
Warren said…
I totally want to read this. I saw it at the book-store yesterday.

I wonder if Jane Austen would have wanted to have her name on the cover. :-)


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