Sunday, December 27, 2009

More Crazy Classic Urban Fantasy Makeovers

Michele Hauf has author Michael James Ford as a guest at VampChix tomorrow. Michael's Jane Bites Back launches December 29. I missed this one in my December book releases list and it sounds like it might be pretty funny. I like this quote from Library Journal - "“In this clever paranormal tale…Ford has created warm, witty characters that will appeal to both Janeites and vampire fanciers. Literary humor and intriguing snippets from Jane's book are the icing on the cake. Two more books are promised in this series, so readers who fall under Jane's spell will be eagerly awaiting her next adventure.”

Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen is still surrounded by the literature she loves—but now it's because she's the owner of Flyleaf Books in a sleepy college town in Upstate New York. Every day she watches her novels fly off the shelves—along with dozens of unauthorized sequels, spin-offs, and adaptations. Jane may be undead, but her books have taken on a life of their own.

To make matters worse, the manuscript she finished just before being turned into a vampire has been rejected by publishers—116 times. Jane longs to let the world know who she is, but when a sudden twist of fate thrusts her back into the spotlight, she must hide her real identity—and fend off a dark man from her past while juggling two modern suitors. Will the inimitable Jane Austen be able to keep her cool in this comedy of manners, or will she show everyone what a woman with a sharp wit and an even sharper set of fangs can do?
Another Jane Austen "adaptation" released this past October that I haven't previously profiled is Vampire Darcy's Desire by Regina Jeffers.

In Austen's original novel, Darcy and Elizabeth are compelled to overcome countless obstacles — but that's nothing compared to what they face in Vampire Darcy’s Desire. This inventive, action-packed novel tells of a tormented Darcy who comes to "Netherfield" to escape the intense pressure on him to marry. Dispirited by his family's 200-year curse and his fate as a half-human/half-vampire dampir, Darcy would rather live forever alone than inflict the horrors of a vampire life on a beautiful wife. Destiny has other plans. Darcy meets Elizabeth and finds himself yearning for her as a man and driven to possess her as a vampire. Uncontrollably drawn to each other, their complex relationship forces them to confront their pride and prejudice like never before and to wrestle with the seductive power of forbidden love. Meanwhile, dark forces are at work all around them. Most ominous is the threat from George Wickham, the purveyor of the curse, a demon who vows to destroy each generation of Darcys and currently has evil intentions for the vulnerable Georgiana.


  1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was a cute idea. Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters, sure, cute too. Now I think it's just being milked for all it's worth.

  2. I may have never gotten through an Austen story before but I bet I'd really enjoy these!

  3. I agree with Sean -- P&P&Zombies was a neat idea, but now it's kinda overkill.

  4. Sean its funny how we perceive these things. I admit I have never read an Austen novel, nor do they appeal to me, but because this one doesn't rely on the actual text of the original novels I think I might enjoy it. I do agree that the exploitation of the classics is out of control.

    Ladytink you are very brave :)

    Nicole yes overkill with no signs of slowing down. Maybe it will become a unique genre all its own *shudders*

  5. JANE BITES BACK is the first of the Austen paranormal out there that has buzzed my brain. I believe this one will make it to the WWBL. All of the others I've thought I might not 'get' since I am not a fan of Jane Austen in general. JANE BITES BACK looks like there's more to it. Thanks!

  6. Oh hell - then I'm going to do a "Moby Dick & Demons"!

  7. Vickie I agree with you on this one. Using the character in a completely new story has appeal.

    Sean I think I would redo the American classic - Gone with the Werewolves

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