Aug 212010

Emma Reduction with the Occasional Vampire Attack

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

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 gentlemen such as Mr. Knightley, Mr. Elton, and Mr. Weston. Vampires like Mr. Knightley and Mr. Elton do not breath or have heartbeats and they never sleep or eat. Moreover, when they do drink blood – which is very seldom – it is usually from someone with whom they are acquainted. They are amongst the class of “good” vampires and are involved with vanquishing the wild vampire vagrants of Highbury.

In the Acknowledgements of this novel it is mentioned that one of Wayne Josephson’s goals when writing Emma and the Vampires was to make Jane Austen’s “delightful novel accessible to modern readers, especially young adults.” This he most certainly accomplishes. His retelling uses simpler syntax and more comprehensible language that will make it easily understood by young adult readers. It seems Mr. Josephson has developed an interest in retelling classics as he has published four other novel retellings in a series titled Readable Classics. These novels include: The Scarlet Letter, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and Moby Dick. Continue reading »