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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

I love Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice. So, when I saw Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith at a local bookseller, I was completely intrigued. Using Jane Austen’s classic novel and most of her prose, Seth Grahame-Smith inserts his own quirky style, adding zombie mayhem, horror and violence, plus quite a bit of humor. The two books aren’t meant to be compared. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is just a good, creepy, laugh-out-loud spoof of the hallowed classic.

Book Club Party Ideas for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Decorations and Music

When planning this party, I would  go for the “quirk.”   So, a few points to consider:

  • Our heroine, Elizabeth, has been trained in the deadly arts by Chinese Master Liu.
  • Our hero, Mr. Darcy, also trained in the deadly arts, has “studied solely in Japan.”
  • The setting is Hertfordshire England.
  • And, the countryside is overrun by the zombie menace!

To honor our heroine and hero, an Asian/English book club party is in order, starting with Asian-themed party decorations and an English menu.  We also need to included the “unmentionables.”  To complete the atmosphere with music, play  Zombieland: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.  (Be sure to check the movie out sometime if you haven’t seen it. It is a riot!)

To really get into the spirit of things, dress up like zombies, or a sinister cadre of Lady Catherine’s ninja warriors.   Marilyn, Lisa and I dress up all the time for our book club parties!  It’s great fun seeing what each of us will come up with.

Book Club Menu for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Quirky English Foods for a Quirky Book Club Party.  Goodness!  The English have some strange and icky sounding names (at least to my American ears) for some very scrumptious dishes.


Devils and Angels on Horseback The darker ones, made with prunes, are the devils and the lighter ones, made with oysters, are the angels.


Main Course

Toad in the Hole Does this look like a toad poking his head out of hole?   Try to lose the toad image.  This sausage and Yorkshire pudding dish is de-lish!

Sausage and Yorkshire Pudding

Bubble and Squeak Cabbage, potatoes, onions and bacon.  The name, Bubble and Squeak, comes from the noise this dish emits while cooking.

English Potato and Cabbage Casserole


Squash Fly Biscuits Gotta love it!  Someone, some long time ago, apparently thought the currants in this shortbread cookie looked like squashed flies.

Squashed Fly Biscuits

Squashed Fly Biscuits with English tea served from a Chinese teapot and sipped from a quirky teacup.

Spotted Dick Hmmm… definitely a very quirky name for a simply yummy English steamed pudding with custard sauce.  (I can’t begin to fathom the origin of this name!)

Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick

Book Club Resources for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that I think zombies are great fun.  Below are some related Pride and Prejudice and Zombies sites, products and resources to help with your book party planning.  Have a quirky good-time discussing the possibilities of Team Elizabeth and Darcy conquering the “strange plague” ravaging England.

Reader Reviews on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Visit the Quirk Classics Website for more Quirk Classics.

The Authors: Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen

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