Friday’s Finds: Jane Austen and Zombies?

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Pride and Prejudice and…. zombies? Strange combination, yes, but funny nonetheless. Check out the review NPR did on this book last week. I teach Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with my AP seniors and think this might be a fun way to hook some of the more reluctant readers. It keeps much of Austen’s original plot line and characters, but adds the zombie blood and gore element to it as well:

“Come, Darcy,” said Mr. Bingley, “I hate to see you standing by yourself in this stupid manner. You had much better dance.”

“I certainly shall not. You know how I detest it.”

“I would not be as fastidious as you are for a kingdom! I never met with so many pleasant girls in my life as I have this evening; and several of them are uncommonly pretty.”

Before Mr. Darcy could respond, a chorus of screams filled the assembly hall, immediately joined by the shattering of window panes. Unmentionables scrambled in, their movements clumsy yet swift; their burial clothing in a range of untidiness.

Guests who had the misfortune of standing near the windows were seized and feasted on at once. Elizabeth watched Mrs. Long struggle to free herself as two female dreadfuls bit into her head, cracking her skull like a walnut, and sending a shower of dark blood spouting as high as the chandeliers.

Look for my review soon.

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