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Emma and the Vampires by Wayne Josephson
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Oct 13, 10

Read from August 21 to 24, 2010

This mash-up is written in the air and flair of Jane Austen, and follows the ever-charming Emma Woodhouse on her endless endeavors of matchmaking. She's confident, witty, and just as bright as in Ms. Austen's original telling of the tale. But here, the author adds the electric spice of vampire slayer to Emma's personal bio. Her outer strength carries her through wild and vicious vampire attacks where she gracefully lifts her dress--not too high of course--tugs on the satin ribbon securing her wooden stack to her inner thigh, and kills the beasts. She's also quite good with a sword. However, as in the original story, Emma is blinded by her desire to make things as she'd like them. She not only blithely misses Mr. Knightly's love for her but also the fact that he's a member of the undead.

For those who've never read Jane Austen's EMMA, the original account lends to a smorgeboard of colorful characters. In this mash-up, the author keeps the persona of the characters relatively intact, with the exception of most of the males being vampires, of course.

The immortal zest of gentlemanly vampires and Emma's obliviousness to their existence is quite funny and is another detail used to point out Emma's internal struggles. Even funnier is when she incorporates the help of her poor friend, Harriet--the girl whose life Emma foolishly misdirects.

I would recommend giving this book to your teen as an introduction to Jane Austen. It has the paranormal flare of today's literature, while keeping in tact the beauty and poise of yesterday's storytelling.

This is for my formal review on my blog.
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08/21/2010 page 30
10.0% "As a major Austen fanatic, I really like how the tone of the story keeps inline with the original. The connections, how vampires are melded into the story world is smooth. Like it so far."
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