Trend # 1 — Paranormal beings
Trend # 2 — Jane Austen
It seems that a recent batch of concoctions made up primarily of these two factors are infiltrating bookstores around the world. First, we were introduced to the various Pride and Prejudice spin-offs (Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, and also, Mr. Darcy’s Diary) to name a few. Add a few paranormal beings into the mix and you get Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which has revolutionized Jane Austen for the newest generation of teens and tweens. Not to be outdone, Amanda Grange (author of the Mr. Darcy spin-offs) has thrown her hat into the ring with Mr. Darcy Vampyre.
I haven’t read the book yet, but I am incredibly fascinated with the fascination of Jane Austen. If its not a spin-off or movie based on a book of her’s, then its another story or reverie of her life. With the way Twilight and P&P&Z dominated the best-seller charts for so long, I’m not surprised to P&P + Vampires novel. But Mr. Darcy as the vampire?? That seems pretty cool. Maybe its my old age of 25, but I’d choose Mr. Darcy over Edward Cullen any day.
The Guardian had an awesome article up about a month ago about the emergence and validity of all these newfound Jane Austen monster books.
These two are now at the tops of my TBR pile….