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Emma and the Vampires

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  526 ratings  ·  75 reviews
What better place than pale England to hide a secret society of gentlemen vampires?

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 th
Paperback, 292 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published June 9th 2010)
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Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Take Jane Austen's original novel, "Emma", and make all the leading men vampires while Emma and her female companions must decide which vampires and good and which are worth marrying. Emma and Harriett even get to put a few stakes through some undead hearts!

This was my first mash-up novel, Jane Austen or otherwise. I was a little disappointed in this one just because it wasn't what I was expecting. I didn't feel like enough was changed from the original "Emma". Yes, the men were vampire
Jan 18, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: monster-mash-up
Quizás deberia haber elegido este libro, en vez del otro XD
Tracy (A Good Novel)
I have to say that out of all the mashups I've read, this is the only one that has left me wondering why the mashup part was even necessary. Josephson allegedly wrote this at the request of his teenage daughter. It seemed like not much thought was put into what the vampires could do to the story, and the result is a jumbled mess of a watered-down version of Emma with a sporadic sprinkling of vampires.

Basically, the plot hinges on the general idea for most mashups: it's the same as Emma, with vam
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Because it was my first Jane Austen mash-up novel, I wanted to love Emma and the Vampires. I really did. But try as I might, Wayne Josephson’s adaptation of Austen’s Emma fell short of expectations. With the emergence of books like Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it seemed only natural to take the title heroine from Emma and pair her up with the vampire gentlemen of Highbury.

And here’s the thing—almost every man in Highbury is a vampire, save for Emma
Aug 28, 2010 rated it liked it
For anyone who followed my Pride and Prejudice and Zombies review, I said I'd pick this one up in the hopes that it would be less graphic. And it was. No disappointment there. Hilarious? Check. How can it not be when darling Emma Woodhouse and her plump sweet friend Harriet Smith are vampire killers that drive wooden stakes (wrapped around their thighs by silk ribbons) into fanged beasts in between teatime and girlish gossip?

Edward and Jacob- meet your match(es) in Mr. Knightley, Mr. Elton, and
Pros: This was my first vamp book (besides Dracula), and I was pleasantly surprised. It had me laughing at a lot of sections where Emma says and does the oddest things. She has this unique ability to stay completely clueless yet manages to get things done.

I got two positive thoughts while reading this book. The first being, that while late to the party, I may want to give vamp books a second look. The second is a need to read the original Emma. I'm not a big fan of reading classics so that's a p
Apr 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
I've never read the original 'Emma' but I should hope it's not as weak as this offering. I trudged through this book for almost a month and should have given up on it long before then. Unfortunately, I'm a tad too stubborn and was "rewarded" with nonsensical vegan vampires, with no explanation on how they came to be, and a story with more holes than a donut convention. I didn't like the book cover either. Why the frick does the vampire have a smirk on his face? Having just had his head cut off s ...more
Jul 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: para-vampires
I am a fan of the recent trend of paranormal/classic mash-ups and Emma is my favorite novel by Jane Austen. Being that I've enjoyed every recreation of Emma that I've ever read or seen (including the movie Clueless), I had high hopes for Emma and the Vampires. Unfortunately, this retelling didn't come close to my expectations.

The thing about Emma is she believes herself to be a bit more observant than she actually is. That transfers into this version perfectly. The problem is that while Emma may
Blodeuedd Finland
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it

I know that some do not like these mashups, but I think they are so funny. The things I love the most are the things I like to see changed or made fun of. This totally works for me. And you all know I love things Austen by now.

Most of you surely know Emma, the pretty spoiled lady who suddenly realizes that she is a great matchmaker, and of course she isn't and that leads to a string of fun misunderstandings. And this book follows that plot, it follows Emma as it should, with a few exceptions...

Jul 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
Open Jane Austen's book, insert lots of plot holes and major inconsistencies, make all the characters really stupid (as in mentally challenged), add your name to the cover, and make money off of it. I give you, "Emma and the Vampires."
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
A quick fun read. I liked Emma much more in this book than the real book, but how can you not like an evil-vampire slayer?
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lolly's Library
Poorly done. When I first saw this title, I wondered why it hadn't been published by Quirk Books. After all, wasn't Quirk responsible for the cultural zeitgeist that is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? As such, wouldn't they be eager to snap up another Austen property ripe for mashing? Upon completing Emma and the Vampires, I applaud Quirk's decision and understand why they didn't publish this particular work. It's ill-conceived, with gaping holes in logic, and amateurish in execution, slapped t ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Amanda Vasil
Mar 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
If I could give this book zero stars I would. I love a good mashup and this one fell flat on its face. Pride and prejudice and zombies was fantastic which made me want to read other versions of Jane Austen works that have been “altered”.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I got so angry at the book that I finished it in one go. It adds nothing to the story. The lore makes no sense and honestly... it’s just bad. A waste of my money and my time. I am very disappointed
Lyssa Smith
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought this book was reasonably clever, and I enjoyed that it was a quick read. I would recommend this for a beach/travel read.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Bit to much like the original Jane Austen novel for my tastes, but not bad. A good read if nothing else.
Austen and vampires. Two powerhouse pop culture juggernauts. Mash them up and they are irresistible to publishers eager to feed on the ,i>Twilight & Trueblood craze. Here is a new novel that transforms ,i>Emma, Austen’s masterpiece of astute characterization and social reproof into a tale of Undead matchmaking blunders and vampire battles. Will Miss Woodhouse continue to be a nonsensical girl or morph into Buffy the vampire slayer?

Once upon a time, long, long ago in Regency times there
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it
I know I am late in reviewing this Jane Austen undead novel, which came out in August. My initial reaction to Emma and the Vampires was “Meh!” and “Oh, no, not another one of those deadfuls.” But as I read Wayne Josephson’s book further, its sweet and gentle quality and its quiet humor began to grow on me. Then I became confused.

If this book was meant to be a vampire mashup, then it failed miserably, for aren’t vampires ravenous for human blood? Aren’t they irresistibly drawn to the smell of hum
Luciana Darce
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Uma vez que estamos em outubro, mês do Halloween, decidi dar uma chance a um desses mash-ups tão em moda ultimamente entre clássicos e criaturas sobrenaturais. No caso, vampiros. E o escolhido foi esse título aqui.

É raro, muito raro, que ao terminar um primeiro capítulo eu já esteja querendo fechar o livro. Sempre tento dar segundas e terceiras chances a uma história que não me prende desde a primeira linha. Dei todas as chances possíveis para Emma and the Vampires, mas vou dizer que passei a le
Dec 09, 2012 added it
Shelves: austenesque
Emma and the Vampires is a fun and silly retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma. The plot is the same as Austen’s original, but with vampires thrown in (of course). Emma Woodhouse is essentially a frivolous, spoiled rich girl, who also happens to be clever and has a good heart. No amount of chastising from her friend and brother-in-law Mr. Knightley will stop her from trying to match her friend Harriet Smith with the vicar Mr. Elton, and nothing he can say will persuade Emma to think poorly of Frank Ch ...more
My stopping my reading of EMMA AND THE VAMPIRES didn't really have much to do with Josephson's add-in of the vampires to EMMA. It was Emma herself. I'm going to take a shot in the dark here and assume that the EMMA text really wasn't touched all that much; only where needed to amend for the vampire insertion (well doesn't that sound pornographic). I thought it blended nicely enough except for the fact that it appeared people only had problems with certain kinds of vampires and were conveniently ...more
S.A. Larsen
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 wo ...more
I don't know why I bother to keep reading these classic mash-up novels. I guess I'm curious to see how contemporary authors attempt to make classics more "accessible" to young adults. I love Jane Austen's Emma, so perhaps my judgment of this book is biased because of my adoration for the original work on which it's based. Or rather, from which a huge bulk of the text was taken verbatim. Hardly anything of this book is original — most of it comes from Austen's original novel, with the exception o ...more
Heather Pearson
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A lot has changed in the almost 200 years since Emma, by Jane Austen, was first published. I don't imagine that she ever considered that vampires would invade her idyllic setting of Hartfield Estate, in Highbury, the home of Emma Woodhouse.

Author Wayne Josephson has transformed that peaceful village to one stalked by terror and blood lust. While staying faithful to the matchmaking efforts of Emma, he has introduced vampires at every level of society, from gentleman, to farmers, to vagrants. When
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: teens who are repulsed by classic fiction and need vampires in everything they read
Josephson states that he came up with the idea smashing together Emma and vampires in order to make Jane's novel "accessible to modern readers, especially young adults". And perhaps he does, but I'm not impressed. We have our beloved Knightley, our gorgeous Highbury, a heroine only Austen herself could love and it follows remarkably close to the original storyline (I applaud him for that) ... but it's told in modern nomenclature which reads incredibly dumbed down.

Is Emma really that difficult fo
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Do not be alarmed... but it seems like the good gentlefolk of Highbury having been living amongst... vampires! It is true, a band of savage vampires have recently attacked citizens of Highbury to drink some aristocratic blood! But what everyone doesn't know is that some of the esteemed gentlemen of the neighborhood are vampires as well...

In Emma and the Vampires, there are two classes of vampires: one consists of hideous, wild vampires that come out and attack at night, the other includes gentle
Sharon Day
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy the classic novel/creature mashup genre that has recently popped up, you will probably like this book. It sticks pretty closely to the Jane Austen version with a bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer thrown in. Adding vampires to the mix turns this classic novel into a campy romp through the English countryside.

Emma is entirely clueless as the vampire identities of all the gentlemen in the book. Their paler than pale skin and black eyes seem to be a turn on instead of a reason for concern
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
I want to start out by saying that Emma was my favorite Jane Austen novel. That being said, it was the ONLY reason I actually finished reading this. By the end, I was simply ignoring all the added or changed text just to reread the original.
The added text stood out like a turd in snow, instead of being a seamless addition to enhance the story, which had been my hope. Every time I read "slobbering fangs" (and that particular line was abundant in the text) I did a mental retch.
Now the up side. I
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