Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice has undergone many different adaptations throughout the years. The strangest adaptation that I have discovered is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Yes, it is the same story of Pride and Prejudice injected with a zombie apocalypse.
A few years back I saw the cover of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Graham Smith (who also wrote Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter ) in the bestseller spot of my local bookstore. I was suddenly taken aback by its gruesome cover and intrigued all the same. Whenever I think of Pride and Prejudice my mind doesn’t automatically think hey, where are the zombies?
In order to satisfy my curiosity, I decided to start reading the book.
The book begins with the Jane Austen’s classic opening phrase “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife” (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813), morphed into “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains” (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Graham Smith, 2009). It is an interesting mash up parody of Pride and Prejudice with Seth Graham Smith’s zombie apocalypse sewn into the original narrative.
Recently, the film adaptation of this book was recently released on February 5, 2016. I think it’s great that this movie was be released just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect movie to see on Valentine’s Day. No, it really is. Think about it… most guys do not want to see another “boring” Jane Austen inspired movie. With zombie movies being on the rise lately, having a romantic love story twisted into a zombie movie will pacify both Jane Austen diehard fans as well as zombie apocalypse movie fanatics.
Here is the trailer:
*WARNING: LOT’S OF ZOMBIE VIOLENCE THAT MAY BE DISTURBING TO VIEWERS*
The film stars Lily James as Elizabeth Bennet. She recently played Cinderella in Disney’s live action remake of the same name last year. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is played by Sam Riley whom you might have seen as Diaval in Maleficent or as Benoit Labarie in Suite Française. It is difficult to say whether or not Riley’s portrayal of Mr. Darcy will be accepted by Darcy fans. The problem with any film adaptations of Pride and Prejudice is always the backlash towards the actor playing Mr. Darcy.
The trailer looks very promising, and it is my prediction that it will reach average sales. Why? With any film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, you have to be careful to find a balance between Jane Austen’s original text and any additions or omissions made. While Pride and Prejudice and Zombies book reached the New York Times Bestseller list for its clever exciting and humorous parody, the movie adaptation may make an unintentional mockery of itself. If the movie finds a balance between zombies and Jane Austen, then it will probably fare well with critics and at the box office.
It will be interesting to read critics reviews of this film.
Until next time,