New Vampire Book Series ... by Jane Austen?

Cynthia Dermody
Jane Austen and monsters

Monsters meet the classics

in a new genre.

Do you remember the scene in Pride and Prejudice where Elizabeth Bennett rebuffs Mr. Darcy's offer of marriage, leaving him to stomp off heartbroken and humiliated?

Now imagine a revised scene, with Darcy "glamoring" or "dazzling" Lizzie in typical vampire style, getting her to change her answer before bearing his fangs and biting her amorously on the neck.

I just made this up. This is not what happens in the new book Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, or perhaps any of the others on the same theme. That book actually picks off where Pride and Prejudice leaves off, only with a lot more blood and gore than you'd expect from a Jane Austen novel. Because in this book the charming, handsome and rich Mr. Darcy reveals that he's really a bloodsucker.

I haven't read it, so I don't know if Miss. Bennett is aware of this fact yet, but I'm guessing she's not. This "discovery" is probably a big part of the plot.

Say hello to a new literary genre. Monsters in the classics are hot. Other titles include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Vampire Darcy's Desire, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (coming out September 15), and Jane Bites Back (due later this year), in which the author herself develops a taste for blood.

I must admit I'm curious about Mr. Darcy as a vamp. He definitely has all the qualifications. I wonder if he's fangless like the Twilight crew, or if he just takes innocent nibbles here and there like on True Blood, or is a new incarnation all together. Obviously Darcy's been out in the sun, so maybe it's a cloud cover thing again.

Not sure if I'm actually going to read it ... what about you?

Will you read any of this new genre of bloody and bizarre books?

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