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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (2:18)
Dawn of the Dreadfuls cover.jpg
Author: Steve Hockensmith

Publisher: Quirk Books

ISBN: 978-1594744549
Date Published: March 2010
Elements: Directive, Narrator, Sound Effect, Video - Custom

Great example of cinematic plot line misdirection. The title gives it away but the trailer takes time to reveal the true plot. Fun trailer. Long but entertaining. Never takes itself too seriously. The zombie effects are good but not so realistic that they feel gory, they feel more over-the-top. An old B scifi movie. Love it.

LEAD Analysis

Lead Cliché soldier recruit pep talk building up to the line "Are you ready?" LEAD Timing Stopwatch.png
Excite [interest] Then the reveal that the students are girls with absolutely no fighting prowess. Build as the girls progress to warriors. Love the line "We can't save them. They might be dead goddamn it but they are still Englishman."
Amaze [hook] "The Bennet girls are ready... Are you?"
Direct [directive] Cover and website.

Trailer Arc

Ordinary.jpg Character.jpg Challenge.jpg Directive.jpg

Publisher Intro

In this terrifying and hilarious prequel, we witness the genesis of the zombie plague in early-nineteenth-century England. We watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naïve young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. We laugh as she begins her first clumsy training with nunchucks and katana swords and cry when her first blush with romance goes tragically awry. Written by acclaimed novelist (and Edgar Award nominee) Steve Hockensmith, PPZII invites Austen fans to step back into Regency England, Land of the Undead!


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