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->''It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.''

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Really. Seth Grahame-Smith took the original text of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', and spiced it up a little with [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting Shaolin Kung Fu]], [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]], and the "[[NotUsingTheZWord unmentionables]]," or [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies zombies]]. However, the basic story is remarkably unchanged. A recommended read for anyone who likes Regency romance or zombie mayhem. Or both.

A movie version is currently in the works.

A prequel is now released, ''Dawn of the Dreadfuls''. Also has a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Literature/SenseAndSensibilityAndSeaMonsters'' (and by now a whole new genre of LiteraryMashUps, as well). Grahame-Smith is also the writer of the parodic survival guide ''Literature/HowToSurviveAHorrorMovie'' and ''Literature/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter''.

Finally, the sequel ''Dreadfully Ever After'' wraps up the whole story.

Has been known to show up on the "classic literature" shelves at Target.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* ActionGirl - All the Bennets.
* AscendedExtra: Both Mary and Kitty in ''Dreadfully Ever After'' have larger roles then in the two previous books
* AdaptationExpansion - In a way. Zombies provide the impetus for a number of otherwise unexplained events in the original story, such as the presence of the militia regiment in Hertfordshire.
* AffectionateParody - This book is infinitely more amusing if you actually read the original book.
* ApologeticAttacker - Jane Bennet.
* AttackPatternAlpha - "Girls! Pentagram of Death!"
* BadassNormal - Mr. Bennet.
* BattleCouple - Elizabeth and Mr Darcy
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In ''Dawn of the Dreadfuls'' [[spoiler: Lt. Tindale]] swears that he will never let himself become a zombie. True to his word, when the battle becomes hopeless, he takes a last look at the window where the Bennet girls are watching and shoots himself in the head.
** In ''Dreadfully Ever After'' it is mentioned that [[LadyOfWar Lady Catherine]] has a specific sword that she keeps to commit [[{{Seppuku}} harakiri]] with in the case that she ever contract the "strange plague". In the same book, [[spoiler: Darcy]] intends to use that sword on himself after he is infected and realizes that no one can stop him becoming a [[IAmAMonster monster]]. However, [[InterruptedSuicide that isn't]] how [[EarnYourHappyEnding it ends]].
* BigBad: Lady Cathrine for DreadfullyEverAfter and possible the entire series
* BloodKnight: Elizabeth becomes one of these.
* BodyHorror - Yikes, [[spoiler:Charlotte]]. And pretty much any scene involving a zombie. Period.
* TheCaretaker - [[spoiler: Lydia makes a surpisingly cheerful caretaker to Wickham post "eloping", once Mr. Darcy renders him quadriplegic]].
* CrapsackWorld
* TheDandy: In ''Dreadfully Ever After'', we have Bunny Mac Farquhar, a quintessential dandy, along with all of his friends.
* TheDeadHaveEyes - Some do, some don't, but all zombies can hear and find their victims.
* DemotedToExtra: Jane only appears briefly in Dreadfully Ever After and Lydia is only mentioned
* DirtyCoward: In ''Dawn of the Dreadfuls''[[spoiler: Master Hawksworth]] frequently makes excuses to avoid fighting, and the one time he does join a battle he panics, steals another soldier's horse, and rides for his life, abandoning a hundred soldiers to be eaten by the zombie horde.
** We do find out in ''Dreadfully Ever After'', however, that he [[LaserGuidedKarma got his due]] and spent the next few years trying to [[TheAtoner atone]] for his disgrace.
* TheDitz: Mrs. Bennet
* DoubleEntendre: See GCPTR below.
* DoubleStandard: Kitty recalls her father reminding her during a battle to appear dignified because, even though she is a deadly warrior who can claim more kills than an entire company of soldiers, she will ''always'' have more to prove.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption - [[spoiler:The antidote doesn't work]].
* FollowTheLeader - Quite a few other authors have attempted this sort of thing since, including "Mr. Darcy, Vampire."
* FunPersonified: [[TheDandy Bunny Mac Farquhar]]. He is described time and again as a fool, constantly indulging in practical jokes, gambling, races, parties, etc. But he's actually one of the most open, [[{{Keet}} happy]], [[BrainlessBeauty guileless]] characters in the series; all he really wants is to have fun.
** "He tried to put on a serious expression, but, lacking practice, failed miserably."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In-universe. Darcy and a [[TheDitz silly girl]] have a discussion about how little she knows about balls. She, of course, is talking about a [[DancesAndBalls dance]], and Elizabeth seems to be the only one who realizes that Darcy is "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar flirting with]] [[ToiletHumour impropriety]]".
* HaveAGayOldTime - [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]].
* HonorBeforeReason - The girls often forgo carrying weapons or combat attire to uphold propriety, which means they frequently run into danger or "enemies" unarmed. Elizabeth at one point ties her dress with a modesty string so she can do hand stands without the skirt falling.
* IndulgentFantasySegue - Elizabeth swiftly decapitates Lydia to shut her the hell up. Or not.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja
* InverseNinjaLaw - Averted. Elizabeth kills three ninjas one on one. Blindfolded. The third and most skilled she kills by catching and returning his own shuriken.
* KarmaHoudini - In the original ''Pride and Prejudice'', Wickham is something of a karma houdini. He gambles, contracts massive debts, and gets them payed off by [[spoiler: almost marrying Georgiana and having Darcy hush it up, and later on actually marrying Lydia ''after'' eloping to keep it quiet (though marrying Lydia may be the far worst punishment)]]. In this book, it's subverted. He's [[spoiler: crippled for life and left to the care of Lydia, who herself has no concept of the fate in store for her]].
* KatanasAreJustBetter - Other weapons are used, and boot knives are more ladylike, but you can't beat a katana. [[MistakenNationality Even if you trained in a Shaolin temple in China]].
* KillItWithFire - The burning grounds. Also done several times with small incendiaries by Elizabeth and Mr. Bennett.
* KillUsBoth: In ''Dawn of the Dreadfuls'' an infected [[spoiler: Dr. Keckilpenny]] and a zombie.
* LadyOfWar - The Bennet girls, again. Lady Catherine, literally.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: The Bennet girls come across a zombie mother and infant (which they have never seen before and are deeply disturbed by) and find themselves unable to kill them. Afterward they swear never to talk about it.
* MercyKill - [[spoiler: Elizabeth considers doing this for Charlotte before she starts turning, but decides against it]].
* MyCard: Appears several times. In ''Dreadfully Ever After'' Bunny actually uses his ''pet rabbit'' as a calling card once.
* NiceGuy: Charles Bingley
* [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Ninja Pirate Zombie... Romance?]]
* NotAZombie - No one seems to notice [[spoiler: Charlotte]] is slowly becoming a zombie until the last act of the book.
** Elizabeth knew - and kept helping [[spoiler: Charlotte]] try to act proper - but not until she was ''told'' about it and then sworn to keep quiet.
** Lady Catherine ''definitely'' knew about it. The only reason she kept inviting over [[spoiler: the Collins]] so often was so [[spoiler: Charlotte could be fed antidote in her tea]].
* NotSoStoic: Several characters have their moments, most noticeably Elizabeth as she is both the main viewpoint character and because she spends so much time maintaining a stoic appearance.
* NotUsingTheZWord - Played with. Zombies are sometimes referred to as "zombies", but if a character is being proper, they call them "unmentionables" or similar.
* OneSideOfTheStory: Several times, most notably from Elizabeth during Darcy's disastrous first proposal to her.
* ThePlague
* PlotHole: Many in ''Dawn of the Dreadfuls'', as it was written by a different author. Errors include the girls' ''entire training'', and more minor things such as the age at which Lydia slew her first zombie.
* RecycledInSpace: ''PrideAndPrejudice'' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[Everythings Deader With Zombies AND ZOMBIES! ]]
]] ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin We told you]].)
* RuleOfCool
* ShrinkingViolet: Georgiana Darcy is like this around strangers. Jane in ''Dawn of the Dreadfuls'', to the extent that "Jane blushed and looked away" becomes something of a [[RunningGag narrative catchphrase]] for her.
* SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality: This series falls somewhere between a 3 and 4. It is set in patriarchal regency England, but women are by no means disregarded or not considered important or useful people. And of course, there are female warriors like the Bennets and Lady Catherine who smash the contemporary gender stereotypes to bits. Unmarried female warriors are begrudgingly accepted by society, but for a married woman to carry a sword would be an affront not only to her husband, but to "all English manhood". Most the gender inequality shows up in people mistakenly underestimating or pigeonholing the Bennets.
* SpearCounterpart: While not the same character, of course, Bunny is almost identical to Kitty in personality, (only, you know, a guy) which is part of why she is initially so attracted to him.
* TheStoic: Nezu, through and through. [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] frequently with the Bennets, most often by Elizabeth or her father. This was part of their Shaolin training.
* {{Tearjerker}}: Elizabeth discovers a [[UndeadChild little boy zombie]] chained up in a bedroom and thinks it's some kind of sick joke until she realizes that his mother ''still loves him'' and keeps him around because he's all she has left. The scene is so pathetic that Elizabeth spares the boy and leaves the place in tears.
** "[[CrapsackWorld The world is mad]]! The world is mad, and it makes not a bit of difference!"
* ToiletHumour
* TrainingFromHell: The Bennett girls, again.
* UndeadChild: Quite a few. Once the Bennett girls even see a zombie baby carried by a zombie mother.
* UnusualEuphemism: "most English parts," meaning a man's... oh, you know.
** Also the "unmentionables", "dreadfuls", or "the sorry stricken". [[NotUsingTheZWord Never the "z" word]], watch your language!
* TheVicar: Mr. Cummings in ''Dawn of the Dreadfuls''. Typically stiff and uptight, and gets so panicked in one scene with a zombie that he reads the wedding ceremony from his prayer book instead of last rights.
* TheVirus
* WarIsHell: Especially if the opposing army is made up of the undead who eat your troops rather than just killing them.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic: Spoofed to hell and back in the book's discussion guide: [[invoked]]
-->Some scholars believe that the zombies were a last-minute addition to the novel, requested by the publishers in a shameless attempt to boost sales. Others argue that the hordes of the living dead are integral to Jane Austen's plot and social commentary. What do you think? Can you imagine [[Literature/PrideAndPrejudice what this novel might be like without the violent zombie mayhem]]?
* WorldOfBadass
* ZombieApocalypse: Averted. Zombies are somewhere between a nuisance and an enemy army in terms of threat. Also, they appear to be confined to England.\\
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The setting is functionally a CosyCatastrophe played for laughs. Other than always traveling in well armed groups at all times to survive random zombie attacks (especially after winter), the characters all live comfortable lives for Brittish middle/upper classes. It should be mentioned though that in the backstory, zombies have completely overtaken Manchester and in the present repeatedly break down the gate of London Sector Six East. England has survived and made gains against them, but they are still a great enough threat that two can take out an entire kitchen staff.
* ZombieGait: Some show more of this than others, depending on how long they have been (un)dead.
* ZombieInfectee: [[spoiler: Charlotte Lucas]].

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