Pride and Prejudice… and Zombies?

Movie poster for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Movie poster for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Yep, you read that right. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Coming to a cinema near you. But what is it all about?

The latest Jane Austen adaption Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is due to hit our screens this coming Friday 5th February. Already, however, people seem to have forgotten Austen’s original message, and are in fact extremely prejudiced about the latter addition to the title. True there seems to be more blood than ball gowns, but is it fair that we should judge a film by its poster?

Actually, it is not necessarily the film we should be judging, but the novel upon which it is based. Seth-Grahame Smith first tied Austen to the undead in 2009, with his publication of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, claiming ‘it was just right for gore and senseless violence’. Smith obviously has some impressive analytical skills that aren’t taught on the English Literature degree program here at Manchester!

The plot manages to retain all the romance and finery of the original novel, with a couple of additional zombie attacks alongside a murder plot (we know Elizabeth was revolutionary in refusing Darcy, but murder!) With stars such as Lily James, Jack Huston and Douglas Booth, I’ve no doubt that beauty and reputation will attract as many viewers as the storyline itself.

I have to say, it seems to be an adaption slightly out of the ordinary. I do, however, plan to see it- if only to quench my curiosity. I do hope the adaptation will prove all those critics wrong, for unfortunately, like Mr Darcy, my good opinion once lost is lost forever.

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