Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is so much better than Pride, Prejudice and Zombies (PPZ). I enjoy a lot of paranormal and fantasy books and recommend Dead, But Not For Long to zombie enthusiasts, but PPZ was a disappointment.
Long passages of PPZ read as straight-up Jane Austen and then suddenly a zombie battle broke in which may have added excitement but also broke away from the language and texture so key to Austen’s witty prose. It was difficult to enjoy what should have been an entertaining adaptation, because the overall effect was one of a cut-and-pasted book. Apparently I am in the minority.
Thus, I join others in hoping for a good romp when the movie adaption of this wildly popular novel comes out. Then film Pride, Prejudice and Zombies is slated to release in 2015 with Natalie Portman (of Star Wars) producing, and will star Matt Smith (of Dr. Who) as Mr. Collins, Lily James (of Downton Abbey) as Elizabeth Bennet, Douglas Booth (of Noah), Jack Huston (of American Hustle) as Wickham, and Sam Riley (of Maleficent) as Darcy (link to IMDB).
Also from Quirk Classics, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters enters the scene. Author Ben Winters builds an altered world around Jane Austen’s plot and characters that enlivens the plot with the paranormal, adds humor, extends characters’ nobility and follies, while managing to still retain the core themes, use the language of, and remain true to the social commentary of the classic. An excellent overlay of creativity fully integrated in plot, structure, and voice of the original. Well done.
As a reader you can choose to buy into the “Alteration” and enjoy Austen’s work fully embedded with Winter’s perspective.
I recommend Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters to steam punk fans, nautical adventurers, Austen fans and readers who enjoy works such as Janet Evanovich’s “Wicked” series.