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First published in 1813, Jane Austen’s much beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice, has been adapted and imitated numerous times. Over the years it has spawned television programs, films, plays and a seemingly endless cycle of sequels, prequels and what-if alternatives. Among these:

The 1940 version of Pride and Prejudice with Greer Garson as Elizabeth and Lawrence Olivier as Darcy. This clip from youtube shows the scene where Elizabeth visits Charlotte at Rosings Park.

The much more recent television mini series from 2008, Lost in Austen, about a modern-day girl who finds Elizabeth Bennet in her bathroom and then switches places with her at Longbourn. Watch this clip from youtube where Amanda first meets Elizabeth.

If reading is more your style, here are two of the newest Pride and Prejudice spinoffs to take a look at:

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet

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Pride and prejudice and zombies : the classic Regency romance — now with ultraviolent zombie mayhem!

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When I  first read Jane Austen , it was  a little bit of a struggle, but I grew to really enjoy  her books .  I liked the language , the rules, and the glimpse into another time.  ( A time I’m not so sure I’d want to live in). 

 I love Pride and Prejudice.  I’ve read it a number of times.  I’ve seen a number of movie adaptations (the BBC version with Colin Firth is my favorite,but Bride and Prejudice , a bollywood adaptation of the book was pretty good, too. ). I have to admit that I haven’t read any of the prequels/sequels or spin- offs…Until Now. 

I was  given  a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for my birthday.  Yes, author Seth Grahame-Smith has added ‘ultraviolent zombie  mayhem’ to P&P.  And it is really  funny .  And a little gross.  It is somewhat disconcerting to be reading a very proper comedy of manners and then zombies ( known  as unmentionables in the book ) rudely interrupt the ball.   Happily, Elizabeth and her sisters are very good at dispatching  zombies. 

The First line made the book absolutely  irresistible to  me:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possesion of brains must be in want of more brains.

I suggest jumping on the waiting list for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. If zombies aren’t your thing, a reread of the original could be nice … and a movie might be nice, too.

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