April 30, 2009

To Read or Not To Read...

I am in a quandary - I purchased a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies last night for my partner - he thinks the whole concept is hilarious and he can't wait to read it. But my problem is - should I read it or not??

There has been so much talk about this book in the blogging world - and the book world in general. Even when I bought the book last night the sales assistant who served me was reading the book himself (and was loving it). Most of what I have heard about the book sounds positive - even staunch Austen addicts like myself seem to be getting on board and taking the book in the spirit in which it was intended - I'm just not sure I can do it! I keep having visions of Jane Austen turning over in her grave at the thought of what Elizabeth and Darcy have been reduced to. I don't want anything to ruin Austen for me!

So, advice gladly accepted - should I go here or not??


Savidge Reads said...

Hmmm thats a very very tough choice... I would say give it 50 pages at least you can give us an insight and love it or loathe it, we would all love to hear your thoughts.

Laura said...

Hmmm...that is a difficult choice! I probably wouldn't read it, but I want you to read it, so you can tell me about it! :) How's that for an answer??!!

Karen said...

Hi Savidge Reads - that's a good idea - if I feel I can really not tolerate the vampires in Meryton I can stop!

Hi Laura - I love your answer - that's exactly what I want someone to do for me!!

claire said...

I agree with Simon, try it out and if you can't stomach it then stop. I won't be reading it myself, so I also agree with Laura.. I would love to hear your thoughts. :D

Karen said...

Hi Claire - thanks for your thoughts. Any particular reason why you are not going to reading this one?? I'm thinking I might be able to get my partner to do a guest post after he finishes reading it - that might keep everyone happy!!

jspeyton said...

I'm a very strong proponent for your giving it a try! You might enjoy it, and why not read a book you think you might enjoy? I don't think your love of Austen could be hurt by reading this book. In fact, it might make it even greater!

I plan to read it myself just as soon as I get the chance to (i.e. fewer books on my TBR list). But I would love it if you gave it try and then wrote your thoughts on it too. Come on, girlie! Be adventurous! =)


megan said...

I've never heard of this before! And honestly...I don't know if I could do it! I LOVE zombie movies, but zombie Austen? Hmmmmmm....!

Anonymous said...

'm usually very wary of Austen sequels, but this one is so out there I will have to try it. How bad can it be, right?

I like to think Jane wouldn't have minded. After all, she did have Elizabeth say:

"I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistiences do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can."

Nadia said...

I say go for it. Read it - you never know, it might just end up being your cup of tea. I can't wait to read it! Plus, it'll be great to read your thoughts on the book.

Serena said...

That's a tough choice, but as an Austen fan, I'm not above trying something new in this spinoff genre

Steph said...

I have a copy of this book (I got it as a gift), and I am going to give it a shot at some point. It's silly fun, not meant to replace or even replicate the original. I always thought that although Austen's books were swoon-worthy romances, they were also very tongue-in-cheek and funny. I don't think Jane would be rolling in her grave (or rising it for it in her own bout of zombie vengeance) because of this book. I think she was quite a playful lady!

Karen said...

Hi Jspeyton - I like your attitude!! With encouragement like that I will have to give it a try I think.

Hi Megan - I hear your hesitation and I understand it completely! I don't even usually like zombie movies (although I did find that Sean of the Dead one quite funny).

Hi adevotedreader - thank you for the very apt Elizabeth quote! If she would recommend it I think I need to go ahead!

Hi Nadia - I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the book too.

Hi Serena - I know what you mean. I normally don't mind giving Austen spin offs etc... a go either. This one just seemed a little more wacky than usual!

Hi Steph - this is exactly the sort of conversation I had with my partner about this book. He agrees with you - Jane would have been up for it!

Anonymous said...

Doooo it! If for no other reason that if you don't at least give it a burl, you'll drive yourself mad wondering about it! :D

Karen said...

Hi antipodeanowl - that's exactly what I've been doing!! I think the decision is clear - I have to at least give it a go.

claire said...

Karen.. I love P&P, but the reason why I won't be reading this is because I have no interest in zombies whatsoever. Simple as that. Lol. But I'm definitely interested to read your reviews on it. :D

Stephanie said...

I read it. As long as you don't take it seriously, you'll be fine. I went in thinking what a brilliant, FUN concept it was, and I laughed til I cried, which I really, really needed. It's not meant to be taken seriously- expect the ridiculous and enjoy it for what it is.

Karen said...

Hi Claire - they are pretty much exactly the same reasons I wasn't going to read this one!!

Hi Stephanie - thanks for your comments - laughing until you cry can never be a bad thing!

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