The first time I heard about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I reacted just like any other red-blooded American: I giggled like a schoolgirl and geeked out for about 20 hours by incredulously emailing links back and forth with my friends. Is this for real? It is! This is going to be so bad-ass! I know, right?
Then I read the thing and bailed about two-thirds the way through. As a rule, I don’t bail on books (it’s kind of part of the job description). But when I realized I was no longer reading ninja-versus-the-undead passages aloud to my wife, I knew Austen (and Grahame-Smith) had lost me.
Nevertheless, it was a sensation based on premise alone, and for months Quirk Classics’ hype machine prepared us for the follow-up, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Frankly, I’m tired of hearing about it. Yet the book trailer takes me right back to those innocent days when I had first heard about Zombies and it seemed like the Coolest. Thing. Ever. Actually seeing and hearing the wooing of English-accented dandies (who are standing a little too close to that lake!) is, as Elinor Dashwood might say, ever so much fun!
Verdict: Quirk: 2, Me: 0. But just make the movie versions already, will you?