Monday, September 7, 2009

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

As a big fan of Pride and Prejudice (who doesn't love Mr. Darcy? and Austen's wit?) I am curious to read Amanda Grange's Mr. Darcy, Vampire - as well as to pick up her other Darcy book - Darcy's Diary. There is even a blog devoted to the book, which you can find here.

About the book (taken from Grange's website):

Amanda Grange has crafted a clever homage to the Gothic novels that Jane Austen so enjoyed... This is an Austen-inspired scary story for Janeites, by a Janeite, done with affection and delivered with a very subtle British wink, and completely suitable for a 21st-century audience., the #1 Austen Fan Site!

THE HISTORY BEHIND MR. DARCY, VAMPYRE In the summer of 1816, Lord Byron and his personal physician, Dr. John William Polidori, were traveling in Switzerland and soon discovered Percy Bysshe Shelley and his lover, Mary Godwin (soon-to-be Mrs. Shelley) were staying nearby. The group became fast friends, each sharing a passion for the written word. One night, Lord Byron proposed they each author their own scary short stories to see who could conceive the most terrifying tale. Byron wrote “Fragment of a Novel,” and quickly abandoned his attempt. Shelley wrote “Fragment of a Ghost Story”—which wasn’t published until much later. Mary Godwin wrote what would eventually evolve into her masterpiece, Frankenstein. Dr. Polidori wrote The Vampyre, one of the first vampiric tales in English literature. For years it was attributed to Lord Byron, but soon enough, as the character of Count Dracula gained popularity and momentum, Dr. Polidori was given his due credit.
In Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, Darcy’s mysterious uncle, Count Polidori, serves as homage to the story’s place in history. And at the time that Darcy and Elizabeth take their wedding tour through Europe, Dr. Polidori and Mary Shelley would have been in Switzerland creating the beginnings of their terrifying tales!

“For two such enduring stories to come out of one evening is truly remarkable,” says Amanda Grange, on her blog,

Additionally, Jane Austen was a fan of darker literature, and she wrote her own “Gothic” tale, Northanger Abbey (published 1803). Grange has dedicated Mr. Darcy, Vampyre to the heroine of Northanger Abbey, Catherine Morland—a heroine who always followed her imagination, which ultimately lead her to love.

The idea of Mr. Darcy as a vampyre came to Grange years ago. As a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Amanda explains to USA Today: “The dynamics between Buffy and Angel reminded me of the dynamics of Lizzy (Bennet) and Darcy.”

Through careful research of not only Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice, but also the history of vampires in English history, Grange has created a smart and fitting sequel—one that allows readers to reimagine Pride & Prejudice with completely new meaning.

Here's the book Trailer:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I liked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so I probably need to add this one to my library as well. Thanks for the info!