Friday, June 11, 2010

The Double Take: Too Many Books on the Dracula Myth To Count

It seems the rise of Dracula is alive and well, or rather I should say the character of Mina Harper. I'm having a strange sense of deja vu, where I have to do a double take, because I found two  books that will be released within months of one another with almost identical titles and and plots eerily the same dealing with new insight on the Mina character.

But first let's take a look at Meg Cabot's own take on Dracula that has received from great reviews. Insatiable is a modern day take on Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Synopsis: Meena Harper is a dialogue writer for Insatiable, the highest rated soap on least until Lust—Insatiable's main competitor—launches its new vampire romance storyline. Now Lust is breaking every daytime rating on record, and all Meena hears from her bosses is: Give the female leads of Insatiable hot vampire love interests.

But Meena's tired of the monster misogyny rampant in the entertainment business, and refuses. Too bad this causes her to lose the promotion she's always wanted.

Work is the least of Meena's worries, however: her brother Jon has lost his high paying investment banking job and joined the ranks of the city's numerous unemployed...just like the husband of Meena's best friend Leisha, who happens to be seven months pregnant and is giving Meena — who has a special psychic gift — anxious twinges. Meena's always kept hidden the fact that she knows how everyone she meets is going to what does that mean about Leisha?

And what's Meena supposed to do about her neighbor, "the Contessa," who wants to set Meena up with her cousin Lucien, visiting from Romania for reasons as mysterious as he is?

But when vampire-mania works itself to a fever pitch in Manhattan, fueled by the dueling plotlines on Lust and Insatiable, as well as the city's mounting deaths, Meena is astounded to discover that the creatures she's always despised as the sexist stuff of fantasy might actually be real... and that thanks to her "gift", Meena herself could be in danger of turning into one...unless a vigilante band of vampire slayers, one of whom has shown up at her door and is holding her hostage, can put a stop to it.

But does Meena, drawn as she finds herself to Lucien—who might just be the Prince of Darkness himself—really want them to?

Then there is Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker by Syrie James coming from Avon A on July 20th.

Synopsis: Syrie James approaches Bram Stoker's classic Dracula with a breathtaking new perspective--as, for the first time, Mina Harker records the shocking story of her scandalous seduction and sexual rebirth.

Who is this magnetic, fascinating man? And how could one woman fall so completely under his spell?

Mina Harker is torn between two men. Struggling to hang on to the deep, pure love she's found within her marriage to her husband, Jonathan, she is inexorably drawn into a secret, passionate affair with a charismatic but dangerous lover. This haunted and haunting creature has awakened feelings and desires within her that she has never before known, which remake her as a woman.

Although everyone she knows fears him and is pledged to destroy him, Mina sees a side to him that the others cannot: a tender, romantic side; a man who's taken full advantage of his gift of immortality to expand his mind and talents; a man who is deeply in love, and who may not be evil after all. Soon, they are connected in a way she never thought humanly possible.

Yet to surrender is surely madness, for to be with him could end her life. It may cost Mina all she holds dear, but to make her choice she must learn everything she can about the remarkable origins and unique, sensuous powers of this man, this exquisite monster, this ... Dracula!

Not to be mistaken for Dracula In Love by Karen Essex coming from Doubleday on August 10th.

Synopsis: London, 1890. Mina Murray, the rosy-cheeked, quintessentially pure Victorian heroine, becomes Count Dracula’s object of desire. To preserve her chastity, five male “defenders” rush in to rescue her from the vampire’s evil clutches. This is the version of the story we've been told. But now, from Mina’s own pen, we discover that the story is vastly different when told from the female point of view.

In this captivating, bold act of storytelling, award-winning author Karen Essex breathes startling new life into the characters of Bram Stoker's Dracula, transporting the reader into the erotic and bizarre underbelly of the original story. While loosely following the events of its classic predecessor, Dracula in Love deviates from the path at every turn.

The result is a darkly haunting, propulsive, and rapturous tale of immortal love and possession.

I had first heard about Essex's Dracula In Love and was nice enough to be sent a copy from the publisher. But when I heard about Dracula, My Love, I thought I was seeing double.

Is too many books on one topic released at the same time too much of a good thing? And why do I find myself wanting more, especially wanting to read all the three I have just highlighted?



Amy @ My Friend Amy said...

One thing is for sure.....Essex's wins the prize for best cover!

RO said...

I agree. That cover does grab your attention.

Nicole MacDonald said...

I like the sound of the first one better :)

RO said...

You know, speaking of vampires, I realize there sure are a lot of them on television these days, but who was the first author who actually started writing about them successfully? Was it Christine Feehan?

Katiebabs/ KB said...

RO: Amanda Ashley started writing about vampires in the early 90's before Feehan. Her early books are nice reads.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

I wrote about this a few months ago when I first heard about these books. I love all three authors, so I definitely will be reading all three books.

Katiebabs/ KB said...

Elizabeth: How'd I missed that? I love everything with Dracula. :)

heidenkind said...

I wonder which one will be the best? Maybe someone should have a Dracula-off. :)

orannia said...

I like the Essex cover too :)

Is too many books on one topic released at the same time too much of a good thing?

See, I read the synopses and thought....'not for me' for all three books. I'm just over vampires... I was in the bookstore on the weekend finding a book for my aunt, and in the children's/teen section all the books looked the same. All variations of the Twilight books. So we went for Roald Dahl instead. When in doubt, read about witches and giant fruit *grin*