Thursday, August 26, 2010
Bram Stoker started it. Anne Rice got it going. Stephanie Meyer hit a nerve. Charlaine Harris is working it in books and on the small screen. It seems as though everyone is jumping on the vampire bandwagon.
Evidently, it hasn't been enough for vampires to have their own books and plotlines. Lately writers have wanted to augment books that are already written. Augment, that is, with vampires, and other fiendish creatures. Seth Grahame-Smith started with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Grahame-Smith's qualifications are delightfully impeccable. From the back cover of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies...
"Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature. Seth Grahame-Smith once took a class in English literature. He lives in Los Angeles."
Today the latest literary incarnation of vampires arrived at the store...a lovely hardcover...
Using the original text from the Dick and Jane books, as well as the characters - Dick, Jane, Sally, Puff, Spot, Mother, and Father, the stories are the same, Sally plays hide-and-seek, etc,...however, in this book, a vampire is an added playmate.
No blood and gore here, these are preschool vampires, with just enough of a scare factor to get early readers interested in vampires, so they'll keep reading about them for the rest. of. their. lives.