For the record, I'm a big fan of Jane Austen. I have her complete works in a lovely, antiquey looking book, also with a ribbon-bookmark and rough-edged paper. It even has old-timey sketches throughout. However, I also have a depraved sense of humor, so I was immediately both horrified and delighted when this new book came out. I wasn't disappointed in either respect, ha!
First off, I loved it. I'm also a fan of Saturday Night Live, and maybe this book tapped into my enjoyment of a good parody. The best part about it though, was that I didn't feel like I was laughing AT Pride and Prejudice, it was just a "what if..." What if Regency England had been invaded by zombies (excuse me, I mean... unmentionables)? And yet, after fifty years, things have to settle into some state of normalcy, right? Mothers have to marry off their daughters; rich, snooty jerks have to look down their noses at people who are more charming but less financially fortunate; and of course, people still must fall in love. Against all odds. And even in the face of cursed, wretched beings in a desperate search for brains.
I know there's somewhat of a line-drawn-in-the-sand mentality with this book. And I won't argue that it's fine literature, but I will say it's pretty brilliant. And it's funny! Come on, it's hysterical! Darcy's letter, and the little bits about people in the funeral industry being out of work, and balls being interrupted by those locked out of hell, and ultimately... just the whole "ho-hum, zombies, just another day in Meryton," aspect of it-- I smiled and laughed through the whole book.
Anyone else read it? Love it? Hate it? What do you think?