"Now With Ultra-Violent Zombie Mayhem!"

I was recently chatting with a friend of mine about books, and I said that I wanted something with witty dialog and a strong female lead. To my surprise, one of the books she recommended was Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. This is a book that I read a million years ago, when I was in high school, but I have to admit that I couldn't remember anything about it: not the names of the characters, or the plot, or what it was about. I had a vague feeling that it was a love story, but that's about it. A few weeks later, when I was between other books, I picked it up off the shelf and decided to give it a go. Now there are some books that I fall right into and it's like taking a deep breath and diving into another world...and then there are some that are more of a slog until I really understand the characters, what's going on, and really want to find out what happens next. This book fell into that second camp, but once I was used to the style and the language, I found myself staying up late to find out how, exactly, Elizabeth Bennett would end up with the reserved Mr. Darcy. It was a satisfying race to the finish, and when I was done, I looked around and thought "Now what?"

I don't know if it's just me, or if there are suddenly a lot more books about vampires, zombies, werewolves and the like than there used to be, but I suddenly see them everywhere. I had previously heard about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance-- Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! and was now in a position to think "How in the world would you pull that off?" Since the idea of "ultraviolent zombie mayhem" is so contrary to the whole Regency romance idea, I decided to find out if Seth Grahame-Smith had pulled it off with any grace. In fact, I found myself surprisingly impressed by the way he inserted zombies without totally changing the course of the story, and even used zombies in ways that support the plot, rather than just feeling like a gimmick. Believe it or not, this book stays pretty true to the original, even if there are zombies eating cauliflower (they mistake the cauliflower for brains) and attacking humans on a regular basis. It did not take long for me to realize I was having fun, and was looking forward to finding out what twist would show up next. Although I was glad that I had recently read the original, since it let me really appreciate the zombie mash-up features, I'm sure reading this without any "prep" would be a piece of cake, and also enjoyable for someone who enjoys a parody, or is looking for a hilarious variation on the staid period piece.

Now I'm on the hunt for a new book. And it looks like I have my choice of mash-ups if I want to go that route, since there's Little Vampire Women, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, among others, but maybe I'll take a break and watch the movie Pride and Prejudice. I know I'll have multiple choices, since it's been remade multiple times. Have they made a movie version with zombies yet?