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Emma and the Vampires - New Jane Austen Mashup

  • Nov 7, 2010

If you enjoyed the novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, you might want to try the new Jane Austen mashup novel, Emma and the Vampires. Based on one of Jane Austen's wittiest books, Emma is now a vampire slayer and the handsome Mr. Knightly is a vampire, secretly in love with Emma.

Do we have a mashup between Emma and Buffy the Vampire Slayer? I could think of many worse things than one of my favorite books combined with one of my favorite television series. For the most part the story works. The author, Wayne Josephson retains Jane Austen's wit and actually makes the book even funnier.

Here is a description of Emma and the Vampires from the book:

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 might be the perfect book to use to introduce your teenage daughters to Jane Austen. Your teens might already be somewhat aware of Emma because the movie Clueless was based on it. Most teenage girls are very into vampires whether because of Twilight or The Vampire Diaries, so they might be very open to trying this book, which has been made somewhat easier to read. However, fear not, the basic language, plot and settings of Emma have all been retained. Emma and the Vampires would be a great book for mothers and daughters to share and connect over.

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I like reading the classics but I prefer to read classics with a twist. Joseph's approach of adding vampires to the mix was absolutely brilliant! Reading Emma and the Vampires was an entertaining and exciting experience. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.
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Emma and the Vampiresis full of wonderful little witty remarks that have you chuckling to yourself if not outright laughing out loud at Emma's 'cluelessness', Harriet's sweet trusting nature and the ridiculousness of fighting off hoards of vampires that seem to follow the upper set around town on their outings.

Emma's best and most heart fluttering scenes are still intact if not slightly blood enhanced for the horror thirsty. I would recommend giving this to your teen as an introduction to Austen if she wouldn't give her the time of day otherwise.

The language, settings, and plot of the original Emma are all preserved well, although the language is made much easier to read by Mr. Josephson, who originally rewrote this title for his daughter, who suggested that he add the vampires. (Mrs. Yingling Read20100804)

By reading this book, people may be more willing to give the original version of Emma a try and and anything that gets readers excited about the classics is definitely worthwhile. (Reading with Tequila20100803)

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. (Literary Litter20100803)

With a nod to Steve Hockensmith's Pride and ...
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ISBN-10: 1402241348
ISBN-13: 978-1402241345
Author: Wayne Josephson
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

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