Tale as old as time; true as it can be.
Barely even friends, then somebody….
….gets bitten, turns into a zombie and dies an unnatural death whilst taking as many bystanders with them as possible…
Okay, so yes, I’m ripping on one of the classic fairytale songs put out with semi-matching lyrics by the Mouse himself, but it seemed appropriate as the book itself does something of the same. Here we meet the characters from the infamous work Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen…only they are not besieged by their own feelings and life choices, but zombies as well. Whether out for a stroll or sisterly game of “Kiss Me Deer” (the girls would sneak up behind a buck, capture it, bestow a kiss, and release….it was suppose to help build their ability to be stealthy), the unmentionables pour forth regardless of time or place and almost always at the most inopportune moment for the victim. It is only through their mastery of defense skills as provided by their Father and Chinese master that they survive to see each new dawn, though the way in which each survives amounts to more than the number beheaded but to the quality of their lives outside this morbid world. Can the Bennett girls ever lead normal lives? Better question still…would they want to?
(Shock. Gasp! Awe. Go ahead, get it out of your system. When you are finished, continue reading…please….) Was it the book? Perhaps. Was it the reader? Somewhat likely. Was it a case of one awesome pitch that screamed “look out world, you don’t want to miss this one” that drew me into uncharted waters? Maybe (as it was a VERY intriguing email)…however, it’s more accurately a combination of the above three. Why? Let me count the ways....briefly and in good taste....
1. I've never read the original text though I have seen a version or two of the movie once or twice over the years. Did this inhibit my enjoyment of the underlying story? Hard to say really; the story was well enough when plucked from the pages…but plucking it out was something akin to loosening an unmentionables grasp on a newly acquired feast of brains (that is to say hard but not impossible). I got the gist of it and can certainly walk you through the key points of what took place, but let's just say that I won't be running out to hunt down the classic any time soon.
The language and style used were true to form though the slightly veiled attempts at humor are just that, veiled slightly (as in if you blush easy, you may find yourself avoiding rouge while reading this one…though I am told the original had these instances as well….perhaps one of you can enlighten us on that subject).
3. This was my first "real" encounter with zombies...and I'm not impressed. I don't believe it was the writing as there is no flaw that I can pinpoint. It is perhaps either my non-interest in this particular paranormal creature (which again is a stretch since I have no other previous text to compare it to) or perhaps the time period they inhabited that makes the match so far from agreeable to me. The insertion of zombie into this classic tale was creative, yes, but unusual to say the least. Much like
That being said, I’d like to share a few random thoughts regarding the story that perhaps those of you that have in fact read the classic work can agree, disagree, or ignore all together...one or two may be spoilerish but as those items are probably in line with the original story, most of you have probably seen or heard them before. The situation with
Lady Catherine is an insufferable fool even if some of her actions could be explained from a mother’s point of view. The little stunt with the ninjas (yes, there are ninjas in this one too….) was a bit much to digest, but the way the encounter is described is both graphically morbid and yet…poetic. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth both claim the titles of 'pride' and 'prejudice' in their own ways and yet their eventual coupling seems appropriate. Now Mr. Wickham, that is an under handed man if ever I saw one. So boastful and forward speaking to give the appearance of truths and yet so devious in the half-truths he shares. Everyone seems to have had an agenda that was hidden at first but then laid bare for all to see…for better or worse.
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