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...that Pride and Prejudice is one of the more adapted, aped and otherwise adopted texts in our great cultural library. I mean, there's Lost in Austen, Bridget Jones' Diary, The BBC Adaptation (bought it in Zavvi's firesale. Might watch it sometime), there's Bride and Prejudice, there's I Love You Because, there's Armstrong and Miller's take on it, etc etc.

Of course, the fact that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a novel adaptation with the insertion of a Zombie subplot should be as Bill as the hills, but it was also made into a graphic novel.
These pages are all out of sequence and not connected in any narrative. Just things that I snagged from a USA Today article.

Reading it is... slow progress. But then, I always find that reading Austen is like pushing a really full shopping trolley - it's an almighty push to get started, but once you do build up momentum it's difficult to stop.

Has anybody else picked it up?

Date: 2010-11-07 07:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
I liked "Bride and Prejudice." It was my second exposure to Bollywood, after "Monsoon Wedding."

Date: 2010-11-07 07:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] newnumber6
I read the novel version and was sadly disappointed.

Same criticism I have of Austen's work normally: needs more zombies.

More seriously, I was disappointed at the "we've also all been trained in martial arts and swordsmanship" crutch, which turned the story very much into "Pride and Prejudice, except every so often a zombie attack strikes out of nowhere and they kick ass and go right back to the story."

To use a comics reference, I would have far, far preferred a "What If" approach as opposed to an Elseworlds. In Elseworlds (generally speaking, there are exceptions for both types), they make some change to the setting, but generally the same set ups and stories get told. Batman in the 1900s is still Batman, has a Catwoman, etc. In "What If", they take some specific change and then everything develops from that point.

So what PaPaZ was the Elseworlds approach. You could google the plot of the original PaPaZ and you'd know pretty well exactly how the story would go, with the only surprises being how they insert the zombies and ninja fights. But what I wanted from PaPaZ was for the zombie apocalypse to start during the plot, maybe even derail the plot completely, have the characters not know how to cope right off the bat, and certain aspects of the original story coming back (maybe compressed in time, instead of taking place over months or years they take place over a single night where the zombies are out in force, maybe since they're being forced to hole up together and so they can't avoid each other) but with nothing being guaranteed. I guess most of all I wanted the zombies to have a POINT to the story, not just being a gimmicky afterthought.

I imagine the graphic novel adaptation would be somewhat more tolerable but I can't see myself picking it up.

Date: 2010-11-07 07:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] squirle
I'm kinda over zombies. Wake me up when they're doing the sequel, "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters"

Date: 2010-11-07 08:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] greenmask
Elizabeth Bennet in that kind of eye make-up gives me the lulz, I gotta say. Interesting art otherwise, though I feel it need colours or at least more involved greyscale.

Never cared for Pride & Prejudice, personally, but it's interesting to see how people adapt it.

Date: 2010-11-07 08:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] his_spiffynesss
Wondering how long till the guys who do the Army of Darkness comics jump in on this trend and we get Pride and Prejudice and BOOMSTICKS

Date: 2010-11-07 08:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sevarem
Going against the tide here, but I kinda loved the hell out of PaPaZ. Yeah, it was definitely stretched thin at points and it really did need more zombies, but it still cracked me up.

I think I'll give the graphic novel a pass though. Half of what I liked about PaPaZ was the snarky social commentary the author wove into the book, a lot of which would likely get left out of a comic adaptation.

Date: 2010-11-07 11:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] khamelea
And here I thought Bridget Jones' Diary was Pride and Prejudice with zombies.

Date: 2010-11-08 01:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaete
That art is quite pretty but terrible for a black and white comic. It would work much better colored. Makes me wonder if they artist knew it was going to be black and white when he/she was working on the lineart.

Date: 2010-11-08 01:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mad
I bought the novel and kinda got bored a few chapters in, TBH.

Also, the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice is the best.

Date: 2010-11-09 03:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] clemon
I actually read the comic. As an fan of the original works, I sort of liked it. The art was generally ok with the slight effect of all the girls having the same face.

Ho hum.

Date: 2010-11-11 01:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hybridhelen
I still own the BBC adap with Jennifer Ehle (and that guy...what was his name...oh yeah! Colin Firth XD) on VHS, and I will never ever part with it, I love it so. I also love the original novel - I often dip in to it for a few pages...and my oldest copy falls open naturally two pages into Chapter 16, when they go for a walk and actually talk to each other properly.

With all this in mind, I am at a loss to explain why, although I picked up P&P&Zombies (novel) as soon as it came out, I still haven't read the thing yet!

Maybe I'm just worried that it won't work as well as Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair....?


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