Aww, there is nothing like some light reading and if you throw in some brain eating zombies, so much the better. I turned up my nose through all of the reviews of the first book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. How could I read that? How in the heck can they sully Jane Austen like that? How could they even pull it off? Don’t get me wrong, I am not a huge lover of Austen, even though I have watched every adaption ever made of her work on Masterpiece Theater. I. Just. Didn’t. Get. It.
Then Quirk Publishing came out with another, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. I still scoffed, but found myself wondering, maybe they would be sort of fun to read. When the offer came to read Dawn of the Dreadfuls, I had a weak moment and I went for it.
Excuse my French, but the book is freaking hilarious and doesn’t sully Austen at all. Actually, I think that it celebrates Jane Austen and her work in a way that no Masterpiece Theater adaptation could. Dawn of the Dreadfuls is true to the characters, still in 19th century England, and ultimately true to Austen.
Mrs. Bennett is still embarrassing one and all in her drive to get the five girls married. Jane is the same beautiful quiet girl, eager to please. Elizabeth is still the head strong ahead of her time young woman that we have known for years. The added bonus is the added new plot line, Unmentionables AKA Zombies.
You owe it to yourself to give one of these mash-ups a try.