I have to admit, this is about what it would take for me to revisit Jane Austen's work.
The novel features Jane Austen's text interspersed with "all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem" from Grahame-Smith. So, for example, when Elizabeth is slighted by Mr Darcy at the ball – "she is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me" – the "warrior code" demands she "must avenge her honour ... She meant to follow this proud Mr Darcy outside and open his throat." She's thwarted, however, when a crowd of "unmentionables" pour into the ballroom, and she and her sisters are forced to draw their daggers. "Mr Darcy watched Elizabeth and her sisters work their way outward, beheading zombie after zombie. He knew of only one other woman in all of Great Britain who wielded a dagger with such skill, such grace and deadly accuracy."That sounds awesome.
I would like to note that I'm not a complete barbarian. I'm just not a fan of Austen. I've read her novels in classes I've taken and I appreciate how groundbreaking she was, but the chances of me picking up Pride and Prejudice just to leaf through one afternoon are roughly the same as my going to the DMV to stand in line for no particular reason.
And to be honest, I'm not likely to pick up this mash-up of a novel either. But if there's a movie? Oh, baby.