Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Emma and the Vampires by Jane Austen and Wayne Josephson
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 out walking, Emma has taken to carrying weapons to protect herself from vampire attacks.
It's been years since I first read Emma, though recollections of its events came flooding back as I read this 'mash up'. I remember loving the original and I equally loved this version. There were a number of times I roared with laughter at the turn of events. I can just picture this very proper and gentile English woman jamming a sharpened stake into the heart of a decapitated vampire, and then calming reclaiming the stake and tieing back upon her thigh under her voluminous petticoat while maintaining her strict modesty. I would have thought she might have been dismayed by the blood splatter on her gown, but no, she is so calm and cool and collected at all times. Mr. Josephson managed to keep Emma in perfect character no matter the gore and mutilation.
I absolutely loved this book. I can't wait to read more of this genre.
You can read an interview in the Daily Herald, "Vampires continue to show life, even as parodies roll out" that quotes Wayne Josephson several times.
There are Jane Austen societies all over the world. Visit the Jane Austen Society of North American to learn more.
Authors Sharon Lathan and Abigail Reynolds has recently conceived and published a website AustenAuthors.com that further explores the re-newed interest in Jane Austen and the re-writes of her novels. Launched on September 6, 2010, they plan daily posts by their 20 member authors as well as new book celebrations including give aways and contest.
Thank-you to Sourcebooks Inc for introducing me to this genre of books and for my review copy.