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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.
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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 did not like it  ·  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.
Morgannah
Jul 15, 2016 Morgannah rated it really liked it
A completely unique and entertaining take on the classic Dracula tale. Told using text messages, emails, web searches and reports we get a modern twist to Dracula. There are great liberties taken with the story and Van Helsing shows up as a gorgeous pre-med student. This is entertaining and sometimes even funny and is told from a modern perspective that is intelligent and poignant.
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
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
Christina
Apr 26, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it
"I want you to believe...to believe in things that you cannot." Bram Stoker, Dracula

As a fan of the original, interpretations and retellings always peak my interest. While older, I found this while shelf reading at work yesterday.

For those who enjoy brief (147 pages) books, I read this in an hour and was enthralled.

I had no preconceptions about this book and I found this modern retelling fascinating and original. We relying so much on Apple and android devices that to tell a story this way mak
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Rain Misoa
Nov 17, 2012 Rain Misoa rated it did not like it
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
Nina
May 31, 2012 Nina added it
This is just bloody awful.
Dani
Jan 02, 2012 Dani rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
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
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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
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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
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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
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Mary
Nov 04, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: rented
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
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karenbee
Feb 13, 2012 karenbee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tara
Aug 06, 2014 Tara rated it it was ok
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
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Jessica
Jan 02, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
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
Apr 13, 2012 Diantha Jones rated it liked it
Interesting take on Dracula but not exactly memorable. Besides it being all text messages and emails, there wasn't a lot more to it.
Courtney
A cute spoof of Bram Stoker's Dracula written during modern times in IM, text, and email.
Delta
Nov 14, 2016 Delta rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
I've been a bit obsessed with books with non-traditional formatting lately, so I was super excited to pick up this book. While I think the texts/emails/webpages were wonderful, there just wasn't enough to tell the story completely. The characters have no real depth and the storytelling gets awkward at times. I think the book would have worked much better if Black had written a more traditional-style story with the technological parts sprinkled throughout.
Tracy Meyerhofer
Oct 07, 2016 Tracy Meyerhofer rated it it was amazing
An innovative tale in a modern format! Who knew that texting was so engaging? Looking forward to volume 2 of the iMonster series: iFrankenstein. An excellent read from Becca Black!
Timothy Ferguson
Oct 25, 2012 Timothy Ferguson rated it liked it
An interesting take on Dracula. Dracula is, of course, an epistolary novel: one made up of letters. The author of iDRAKULA instead uses mocked up photos of phones displaying text messages, tablets displaying web pages, and the odd email. She makes some interesting choices to deal with problems, for modern teen readers, in the text. This highlights those problems in an interesting way. Why is Mina so defenceless? Why are Lucy’s suitors so much older than her? What’s the point of Qunicey Morris ...more
Angela
Nov 13, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
This book follows a modern day Jonathan, Mina, Lucy, Renfield, and Van Helsing through the difficult times of dealing with a vampire. They stay connected with each other like any other teens in modern days, texting, emailing, and get information through surfing the web to find it. Renfield, Lucy's love, was institutionalized for eating small animals, but Lucy and her BFF Mina take regular trips to visit him there. This is where Lucy finds a new love interest, Abe Van Helsing. Jonathan and Mina ...more
Renae
Aug 29, 2012 Renae rated it liked it
Meh.

When I first heard about this book (told through text messages, emails, and the like), I was really excited. I love nontraditional text structures, and I love to have different things to recommend to my students.

This ended up being something of a disappointment.

1. Black uses the framework and characters of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Which is fine. But in this day and age, if you have kids that haven't read the original, many of those references are lost, particularly since some of them fill ent
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Arminzerella
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Tamika
Nov 23, 2013 Tamika rated it it was ok
Written by Bekka Black, iDrakula is a fiction book targeted towards the teen audience. I read this 150 page novel electronically on Follet Shelf, and as my first e-book I found the layout and illustrations to be interesting and helpful with the fast paced nature of the story. Through the use of illustrations of text messages, emails and search results, iDrakula chronicles the story of a group of university aged friends that experience bizarre events after one of them is hospitalized after an ...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
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Katieb (MundieMoms)
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
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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, ...more
Jennifer
Jan 19, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: para-vampires
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
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Chelsea
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
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Linda M.C. Nguyen
Apr 05, 2011 Linda M.C. Nguyen rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This story is unveiled little by little via text messages, emails and photos. There are also Ipad web browser spreads to advance the story. This combination leads to a fast-paced story that most of us are unaccustomed to, but it's a fresh modern twist on a vampire story.

This story is well thought out. Only certain elements from the Dracula classic is borrowed for iDrakula, which isn't a bad thing. There's lots of room for modern takes on vampirism. Madness due to vampirism is associated with a p
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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 ...more
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