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Seth Grahame-Smith

Seth Grahame-SmithSeth Grahame-Smith is a film and TV writer/producer, blogger, and bestselling author. His first novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. Since its release in April 2009, it has sold over a million copies and has been translated into 20 languages. Seth is also the Co-Creator/Executive Producer of the upcoming MTV comedy series, “The Hard Times of RJ Berger.” He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: An amusing gimmick

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

This is a book that straightforwardly declares its content from the presentation of both cover and title. With the bloodied portrait and the "and zombies" appendage, what you get here is precisely what appearances promise: no more and no less. This is Jane Austen's manuscript, almost in its entirety, with sporadic scenes of zombies inserted.

The result is an amusing gimmick, but nothing that is astoundingly witty or which sheds new light on familiar characters or situations as most parodies are wont to do. In fact, Grahame-Smith's effort is probably best used as a way of getting reluctant readers interested in the classics, considering it breaks up all the "talky stuff" with scenes of violence and gore. I suppose it's like a literary, bloodthirsty version of "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine goe... Read More