I’ll admit it… I am very resistant to the Jane Austenesque books. I love Jane Austen and cannot imagine some other author destroying her original works. I love her descriptions, the character word play, the predictable but still so enjoyable plot twists. I love everything about Jane Austen. Along with my addiction to Jane Austen, I love zombies. Anything about zombies really. Even those Z-grade horror movies. I love zombies.
And so, a few months ago I finally picked up and read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Steve Hockensmith. Fine, fine, I actually enjoyed it. I found Hockensmith’s blend of zombie inspired text with Austen’s own words entertaining. It didn’t destroy Jane Austen… not at all. In fact, it actually added to my Austen universe.
Last week, while browsing at the library, I ran across the sequel, er…. prequel. Dawn of the Dreadfuls opens four years before Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The book details the Bennet sisters’ rise to warrior status. The dialogue and writing style perfectly mirrors Austen. She could have written this book. I’m actually kind of disappointed that she didn’t. But that’s okay. I loved it anyway.
Plus both books have fun illustrations of zombies and dismemberment. Always a bonus.
Now I’m wondering if I should try the other revisions of classics. Maybe I should tackle Sense and Sensability and Sea Monsters…. Check back with me in a few weeks.