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"The classic vampire story that started it all gets new life for a generation of connected teens"

18-year-old Jonathan Harker is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder after visiting a Romanian Count. His girlfriend Mina and a pre-med student named Van Helsing team up to investigate the source of the disease. The teenagers discover a horrifying truth: the Count is a vampire....more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 150 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Wart Hill
Jan 02, 2014 Wart Hill rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Masochistic Dracula fans?
Wow, that was bad.

I mean, I didn't expect it to be terribly good, but it was worse than I thought it would be.

Really, it was awful.

None of the characters resemble even slightly the characters from Stoker's book. I mean, I get there are going to be differences because it's set in modern times, but when Lucy Westerna sleeps with everything with a pulse and Jonathan Harker cheats on Mina Murray, well, frankly, it's delved into the realm of not even slightly believable.

So. Yeah. That sucked.
Rachel
As has been justly observed by numerous readers and commentators on the novel Dracula, Bram Stoker has a fascination with the technology of his time and its role in communication and storytelling. The novel is filled with telegraphs, traveler's typewriters, shorthand and dictagraph machines. For this reason, I feel compelled to give Bekka Black's aim in writing iDrakula (a tranposition of Dracula to the present day, utilizing text messages and emails in place of letters and journal entries) a ce...more
Rain Misoa
Nov 17, 2012 Rain Misoa rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE! THIS BOOK IS HORRIBLE! Well... to the feeble-minded.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Oh my word... never I have ever read a more revolting book as I did this one. It wasn't anything like the original Dracula. NOTHING! I can't even see myself writing out a decent review for this book because I am just so... disgusted by it. Black did a horrendous job in adapting the original story into her own. It turned out to be more of a mediocre drama than a Gothic horror story. All of the original characters were so amazing and brave! These characters? They certainly are NOT amazing. I could...more
A.J.
I read this as research for a project I'm putting together for a Vampire Literature class. I wanted so badly to like it because I love the concept, updating both the technological and epistolary considerations of the original novel to a modern-day interpretation. However, I felt the book lost a lot by reducing the number of characters as drastically as it did, and while I understand the desire to update the characters and their arcs to a more contemporary mentality, the changes made made little...more
Dani
Every time I think, “Man, I’m so OVER vampires.” I seem to pick up yet another book that features more mythological blood-sucking creatures of the night. Perhaps I’m just not as over them as I imagine myself to be. Perhaps they are my peculiar form of bookish Kryptonite. In any case and for whatever the reason, I’m glad I picked up iDrakula.


Ashamedly, as much as I read about vampires, I’ve never actually read Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I’ve seen movies, I know the plot and the players, but I’ve neve...more
karen
Dracula, with a twist: instead of being told through letters and diary entries and telegrams, Bekka Black's iDrakula is told through instant messages and emails and browser histories.

I borrowed this from my library because, honestly, it looked HILARIOUS. What is this, a new version of the "...and Zombies!" trend?

It's entertaining enough as a novelty, but because almost all of the modes of communication used in this version of the story are brief bursts of text, it feels very superficial. The r...more
Mary Ford
First off this was a really quick read for me, which is exactly what I needed this month. It's November which means it's NaNoWriMo which means my already crazy life just got crazier. I think it took me about 3 hours in total to read.


For me that was three very enjoyable hours. Bekka Black has taken one of my favorite classics and turned it into a book that is completely modern. I loved the format and I sincerely hope she is planning on doing this again; maybe with a different classic?


The charact...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

Mina, Lucy, and Jonathan are in the here and the now. Mina and Jonathan are a couple. Their friend, Renfield, has been admitted to the hospital after attacking animals. The friends are concerned for him, and Jonathan has agreed to attend to a job that Renfield was supposed to do. He's soon off to Romania to help the Count with some matters.

Jonathan and Mina try to stay in touch through messages, but they each realize that none of their messages are reaching...more
Renee
OMG! So this is getting three stars, and only because it made me laugh and laugh and laugh. Take an author with WAY too much time on her hands, give her something to butcher, add emails and cell phones and you have created idrakula.

While yes the original story is written through diaries and letter and transcriptions, it works because of the time period. This is ridiculous because no one really does all of their communication through emails and text messages. Especially not important things like...more
Sesana
I honestly didn't expect much out of this book aside from the gimmick, and that's all I got. The concept is interesting, and fitting: the original Dracula was written using a combination of letters, telegraphs, that sort of thing. So naturally a modern version of Dracula would use texts and emails. (And should use tweets, but nobody in this book uses Twitter.) So I'm with the author so far.

Problem one: this book is way too short. It's 150 pages, and considering the format (what would in a conve...more
Tara
Aug 06, 2014 Tara rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya-lit
I would have given this book a higher rating if it hadn't changed some things from the original in needless ways. Van Helsing is a young intern who has a fling with Lucy? He's supposed to be the old respected doctor they all turn to for help. Renfield is their friend and Jonathan's colleague who goes crazy? He's supposed to be an unrelated mental patient who they eventually find out has ties to the count. There is no Seward and Quincey Morris is a cop in one brief scene. It doesn't seem right.

W...more
Stephanie
From the Militant Recommender Book Review Blog: http://militantrecommender.blogspot.com/
Bekka Black's thoroughly modern take on the classic Dracula, idrakula, manages to be very funny while also maintaining the creepy spirit of Bram Stoker's original. Told through e-mails, browser screens and text messages, we are swept along in the correspondence between Mina Murray, her beau, Jonathan Harker and her BFF Lucy Westenra, whose boyfriend, Randolph Renfield, has been carted off to Bellevue, an ins...more
Aya
Summary:
iDrakula is a modern adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula. The story takes place in modern New York, the characters are 18 years old. The story begins with Jonathan Harker visiting the Count's castle at Romania. When he returns, he is very ill. Mina Murray, Jonathan's girlfriend, along with a pre-med student named Abraham Van Helsing work together to find the source of Jonathan's illness. They discover that the Count is a vampire and has his own plan to turn Mina into a vam...more
Jessica
This book will no doubt keep tween and young teen vampire fans entertained, but for an adult reader it is seriously lacking. The idea behind it has a lot of potential to be a solid, interesting and amusing read but it never really reached it's full potential.
Diantha Jones
Interesting take on Dracula but not exactly memorable. Besides it being all text messages and emails, there wasn't a lot more to it.
Mehsi
The blurb sounded awesome again, and again I was tempted by the cover and blurb. Gah, I really shouldn't, but I can't resist.

Sadly, the book just wasn't my thing. While I liked the fact it was a bit different from most books, instead of story told in the normal way, we got the story through texts, mails and browsers screen shots.

Sadly, the story was absolutely bleh. I felt for Jonathan at the beginning, but as soon as I found out he was having sex with other girls while in relationship with th...more
Courtney
A cute spoof of Bram Stoker's Dracula written during modern times in IM, text, and email.
Nina
May 31, 2012 Nina added it
This is just bloody awful.
Jennifer
iDrakula is essentially Dracula for teenagers. Meant to connect with them on their technological level, much of the original story is pared down to its barest essentials and then presented through different communication mediums.

I liked the idea of the text messages and emails. It really put the reader right in the present state of the characters. Most of Mina's web browser images seemed to showcase random useless information though. Why did we have to see the class schedule for her martial arts...more
Arminzerella
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Amy Jacobs
This is a book that can easily be finished within a few hours, if not less. The concept peaked my interest since it is geared towards the technology that teens and adults are all addicted to now. I was curious to see how the author was going to take a well known story and adapt it to this concept.

While the cover was amazing and the summary intriguing, the book lost its connection with the reader with all of the simple text and emails. We basically get the bones of the story with no real meat att...more
The Readings of a Busy Mom Riaz
iDrakula is wrote in text message/email form throughout and it takes alot of imagination to see beyond the simpleness of it and I think that's what makes it a cool read, you are unable to grip to the characters but still like whats happening and how its happening. The idea of writing a book in emails/Texts and on a illustrated phone is very clever, especially as nowadays that's what we do we text or email instead of write a letter or pick up the phone like in the past.

iDrakula is a debut novel b...more
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
iDrakula was a modernized version of Dracula that seemingly had great potential. Unfortunately, the execution was sadly not up to par. Despite that, Bekka's idea of introducing the concept and characters through texts, e-mail and other ways of communication was enjoyable. I especially loved the iPhone texts, it felt like I was reading a conversation on my own cell. In the beginning, Jonathan and Mina had a flirtatious and playful relationship. Yet, once Jonathan went to visit a Romanian Count, t...more
Liz
If you have half an hour to kill, there's no reason not to pick up this book. That's probably an odd reccomendation coming from someone who rated it with less than three stars, but it's true. It's an insanely quick read, and worth a look simply for it's unusual format.

It falls into the same sort of category as the TTYL books, a novel approach to storytelling that still needs to be perfected.

I enjoyed the voyeuristic nature of reading texts and looking at the characters browsers, but the unusual...more
Tracey
Fun, fast read, thanks to the clever format: text messages, e-mails, and browser screen shots. It follows the basic communication of the original, though the tale has been condensed like mad. The characterization has changed, too: Mina kicks some butt as a competitive martial arts fighter, while Jonathan turns out to be much less savory. Abraham is only twenty, but he's depicted as dreamy, and he works at a hospital. I think Black (a pseudonym) tries for a more feminist retelling of the story--s...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Bekka does a great job with her modern day spoof on Drakula, as iDrakula is written all in text or email form. I honestly didn't know what to expect reading a book written all from email and text, but it worked for iDrakula and I was pleasantly surprised.

Mina Murray's boyfriend Jonathan Harker travels to Romania for a summer internship, but while there something happens to him. He finds himself locked in a castle with the mysterious count. Mina doesn't hear from Jon for days, and when she finall...more
Chelsea [Vampire Book Club]
This review was originally posted to Vampire Book Club.

As the title suggests, iDRAKULA is an adaptation of the gothic lit classic Dracula. For those of you who have only watched the movie with Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves and Winona Rider, the original work (which you should read) relies heavily on correspondence between main characters Jonathan Harker and Mina Murrows. With iDRAKULA Bekka Black has translated the emotions and plot from the original into the way teenagers today would handle the sam...more
Aleks Beygel
May 31, 2012 Aleks Beygel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any girl who likes to read a book about a teen romance/mystery.
Recommended to Aleks by: A librarian
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Laura
Oct 07, 2012 Laura added it
Laura Proctor
iDrakula- Bekka Black
150 Pages
Horror

I enjoyed reading iDrakula. The story was told through emails, text messages and browser pages. This is one of the first horror book I really enjoyed, but the book really kept me interested, and I never wanted to put it down. The author wrote the book so we would stay interested and engaged. The book was written for teens now a days which made it easier to understand. iDrakula is about a 18 year-old man, Justin Harker who is dating Mina. Justin...more
Leila
Sep 27, 2012 Leila added it
Leila Habayeb
Independent Reading
September 27, 2012

“iDrakula by Bekka Black – 150 pages”

iDrakula is a captivating, interesting horror novel about 18-year-old Jonathan Harker, who is diagnosed with an rare blood disorder after a trip to a trip to Romania. His girlfriend Mina and their pre-med friend Van work together to try to figure out the reasoning behind this disease. After a while they find out that the Count that Jon visited in Romania was a vampire. From there on in the story Mina and Van w...more
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After a childhood often spent without electricy and running water, Bekka escaped the beautiful wilderness of Talkeetna, Alaska for indoor plumbing and 24/7 electricity in Berlin, Germany. Used to the cushy lifestyle, she discovered the Internet in college and has been wasting time on it ever since (when not frittering away her time on her iPhone). Somehow, she manages to write novels, including th...more
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