Emma and the Vampires – New Jane Austen Mashup

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If you enjoyed the novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, you might want to try the new Jane Austen mashup novel, Emma and the Vampires. Based on one of Jane Austen’s wittiest books, Emma is now a vampire slayer and the handsome Mr. Knightly is a vampire, secretly in love with Emma.

Do we have a mashup between Emma and Buffy the Vampire Slayer? I could think of many worse things than one of my favorite books combined with one of my favorite television series. For the most part the story works. The author, Wayne Josephson retains Jane Austen’s wit and actually makes the book even funnier.

Here is a description of Emma and the Vampires from the book:

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 the affairs of her social circle with delightfully disastrous results. But when her dear friend Harriet Smith declares her love for Mr. Knightley, Emma realizes she’s the one who wants to stay up all night with him. Fortunately, Mr. Knightley has been hiding a secret deep within his unbeating heart-his (literal) undying love for her… A brilliant mash-up of Jane Austen and the undead.

Emma and the Vampires might be the perfect book to use to introduce your teenage daughters to Jane Austen. Your teens might already be somewhat aware of Emma because the movie Clueless was based on it. Most teenage girls are very into vampires whether because of Twilight or The Vampire Diaries, so they might be very open to trying this book, which has been made somewhat easier to read. However, fear not, the basic language, plot and settings of Emma have all been retained. Emma and the Vampires would be a great book for mothers and daughters to share and connect over.

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