Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Review: Emma and the Vampires

Emma and the Vampires is a Fictional Novel by Jane Austen and Wayne Josephson from Sourcebooks Landmark.

Book Blurb:

What better place than pale England to hide a secret society of gentlemen vampires?

In this hilarious retelling of Jane Austen's Emma, screenwriter Wayne Josephson casts Mr. Knightley as one of the most handsome and noble of the gentlemen village vampires.

Blithely unaware of their presence, Emma, who imagines she has a special gift for matchmaking, attempts to arrange the affairs of her social circle with delightfully disastrous results.

But when her dear friend Harriet Smith declares her love for Mr. Knightley, Emma realizes she's the one who wants to stay up all night with him.

Fortunately, Mr. Knightley has been hiding a secret deep within his unbeating heart-his (literal) undying love for her... A brilliant mash-up of Jane Austen and the undead.

Emma and the Vampires was a cute read. :)

I find the Regency era both funny and alarming. On the funny side is the extreme manners and in the women - the yards of clothes. On the alarming side is the segregation of the people.

Emma is, to a great many people, a spinster. She is 21 years old, has never married and has no plans to do so in the future. She feels that she has not met anyone intriguing enough to merit her hand in marriage.

Emma is also a busy body. She likes nothing more than playing match maker to the locals that she deems worthy enough of her attention.

I don't know that I would like Emma - the person, she's very snooty and quite full of herself - but then again, I don't think it would matter because she would not condescend to speak to me anyway.

Throwing vampires into the life of no-it-all Emma makes for a fun read. :)

I give Emma and the Vampires 3 out of 5 stars.


Product Details

    Paperback: 304 pages
    Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (August 10, 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1402241348
    ISBN-13: 978-1402241345


Blodeuedd said...

I love these kinds of books, now if I only could read S&S and seamonsters, lol. But yes, Emma may not always be the very best of people but she does have a good heart

Marie said...

I've seen books like this around, but this is the first I've gotten. I haven't read it yet, but thank you for the great review! I have more of an idea as to what I'm in for!

Kah Woei said...

To be a spinster at the age of 21. HaHa! How thinking changes.

I've never read this one but the reason I liked Emma was because she was nosy and full of herself. :-)

Emily said...

Good review! In my opinion, I'd give it 4 or 5 stars :)
If you're unsure about reading this, read it, definitely. Josephson actually translated Emma to modern terms, and THEN added vampires. In the other mashups out there, you can't understand it because there is no modernization.
Good work though!