By Deborah Yaffe, Oct 12 2015 01:00PM
The good people who, despite all my entreaties to the Gods of Cinema, are bringing us the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies have now graced us with the first trailer. Two people in my family have watched it.
Review #1: “Hmm. No sign here that it’s going to be anything but a two-hour-long version of the same joke, over and over again. No trace of witty dialogue, clever plotting or psychologically astute character development. No trace of Jane Austen, in other words. Just another cynical attempt to exploit her popularity without truly understanding what makes her great.”
Review #2: “It’s good-looking chicks in Regency dresses kicking ass. What’s not to like?”
One of these reviews is by the mature, sophisticated author of a book on Jane Austen fandom. The other is by a person who, roughly thirty-five years ago, was a twelve-year-old boy. I leave it to you to match review and reviewer.
Perhaps JA's Plan of a Novel should be updated to include zombies and vampires :)
Ha! Brilliant idea. She certainly would have included them had she been writing "Plan of a Novel" today.
IMHO, many women and almost all men are still 12 years old at heart. Me, I was born about 60, so it's actually been something of a relief to reach my present age. (Translation in present context: I wouldn't go to see P&P&Z if you paid me.)
LOL. I will go see it, just because I'm a JA completist, but my hopes are not high. . .
Oh my, he actually says "chicks"?
Entirely ironically, of course.