Sunday, August 1, 2010

Emma and the Vampires by Jane Austen and Wayne Josephson

Jane Austen lovers will recognize Emma Woodhouse from Emma.  Pop culture lovers will recognize Alicia Silverstone from Clueless.  Either way, this book is a rollicking good time!

In this regency era book, we find aristocratic vampires have taken over the town of Highbury.  They live among the townsfolk and no one is the wiser.  Our young Emma is more oblivious than most.  She notices odd fangs and black curtains to keep the sun out, but doesn't put that together with the vampire threat to her town.  Malicious, wild vampires are attacking the young girls in Highbury and something must be done to put an end to it!  Emma straps a stake to her thigh and decides it's time to take action!

I love the trend of taking classics and remaking them with the paranormal added in.  This is the third book that I've read.  This book definitely takes more after Pride and Prejudice and Zombies than Mr. Darcy, Vampyre.  The humor in this book is evident from the first page.  For me, Emma was a non-stop source of enjoyment.  She's so completely clueless as to what's going on around her.  This stretches from the vampires to herself.  Emma sees things from her own unique, and naive, perspective. 

Over all, this book was an excellent read.  It pulls you in from the beginning and holds you tightly in it's grip.  Characters are alive and wrought with scandal.  It's difficult to put down and easy to pick back up.  The lightheartedness with which it's written allows the reader to hold fast to the original feel of Jane's writing, while keeping it upbeat for today's reader.

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