Early on I read and fell in love with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The opening lines so perfectly took the words of Jane Austen and added zombies it was just perfect ridiculousness. Reading the book I was so excited to see how they brought together the story of the Bennet sister’s and added their prowess for fighting zombies. It was amazing to think about the fact that it was not about the guys fighting, but making part of being a refined woman not only about sewing, drawing, music, but also about the deadly arts. Now recently the movie came out and I was super excited to see it because I hoped that they could capture some of the same essence that the book had. Now this is not a direct comparison because it has been so long since I read the book. At the same time there were definitely some things about each that I liked.
The thing that the book had that just could not quite be translated as well in the movie was see how the author took Jane Austen’s word and flipped them on their heads. I mean it takes some real creativity to be able take something that does not seem like zombies could be inserted and insert it. One part that I love in the book is the fact that zombies is actually considered almost like a curse word. They end up calling them dreadfuls instead because that is a more polite word to use. From reading the first line of the book I was hooked.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.
Movie: Visual of Corsets and Throwing Stars
I think one of my favorite scenes from the movie version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is when the Bennet sisters are getting ready for a ball. They are getting their hair done and putting on their fancy dresses. Simultaneously they are finding all the places that they can hide knives and other weapons on their persons. When reading the book you imagine what the scenes would look like, but I think the movie did a good job of making a visually period movie and inserting this warrior mentality in to it.
Both: The Warrior Women
One of the things that is great about both the book and the movie is that the Bennet sisters are all extremely capable. It is also never considered crass the the girls know how to fight. One of the best warriors in the story is actually a wealthy well respected woman. The fights actually come down to the fact that they follow the fighting style from China instead of Japan, but the fact that they are warriors is not in question, it actually raises their esteem in many eyes and who could ask for more than that from a story called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
I will never relinquish my sword for a ring. – Elizabeth Bennet