So, today a movie came out called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I, for one, am completely derailed by Hollywood’s decision to take a beloved classic and make it into another zombie movie. The book was bad enough. Look, zombies are great and all, but they have a time and a place and Pride and Prejudice is neither.
This is not a movie review because I absolutely refuse to watch this movie. I won’t promote Jane Austen’s literary genius being made into a movie in the zombie genre. I cannot fathom why a beautiful coming of age story known by everyone and taught by college professors would be turned into a zombie thriller. Zombies are cool and all, but didn’t anyone think about keeping the story pure and true to Jane Austen’s vision?
The character of Elizabeth Bennet was not written to eventually be slaying zombies in an alternate universe. A universe in which the black plague turns into the zombie apocalypse. A universe in which the Bennet daughters are trained for battle. A universe in which a formal ball turns into a zombie slaughter. Not for nothing I can’t really picture the Bennet girls running around with blush on their cheeks, flowers in their hair, and knives in their garters.
I guess overall I just want to know why. It’s bullshit to take an immensely popular story and alter it so aggressively by adding a zombie apocalypse. I don’t even dislike the zombie genre, I just don’t like that someone out there read this story and thought, ‘hmmm, you know what? This really could use some zombies.’ Jane Austen wrote a brilliant coming of age story about finding love in the most unexpected partner and now that story is about hunting and killing zombies. Oh, and the love thing, sort of. Dear Hollywood, please stop.
• JAMIE •