iDrakula by Bekka Black Format: Kindle, IOS App
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Page Count: 150
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Book Synopsis: The Original can be found here.
“The classic vampire story that started it all gets new life for a generation of connected teens”
18-year-old Jonathan Harker is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder after visiting a Romanian Count. His girlfriend Mina and a pre-med student named Van Helsing team up to investigate the source of the disease. The teenagers discover a horrifying truth: the Count is a vampire. The harrowing events unfold through emails, text messages, web pages, Twitter feeds, and instant messaging-the natural modernization of Bram Stoker’s original Dracula, which was written in letters, diary entries, and news clippings.
Review: I love the concept that Bekka Black has come up with to bring the classics to a new generation. Black brought the original characters into the present day. The story is told through a series of text messages, internet searches, and emails rather than the usual dialogue that most books use.
Ok, so how would I describe this book? A quick and fun read would probably be it. There are some moments that are completely hilarious and ridiculous, but so completely appropriate. I think the thing that will draw in the younger crowd will be the format of the books themselves.
The way that Black uses humor and witty quips brings to life an otherwise not so action-packed classic. (When I first read the original Dracula, I thought there would be more to it… but nope!) Which you would think it would have because of the Vampires, but no. Also, the way she differentiated between the people texting with the background of the phones was a great idea. A really good thing about this recreation is that Black was true to the original novel without just simply copying and pasting it. She had to do some deep thinking on re-writing and re-working to make the original letters into text messages and emails. While it was probably a lot of work for her, it was worth the effort in the end because it was amazing!
There are some changes that were made, like for example Mina herself is a much more deep and developed and active character than she was in Dracula. Another change was that there were some characters that were left out in the final version of iDrakula. Like the Brides or Morris. But I think the most important of the characters made it in.
I’ve seen some comments that some people didn’t like that the characters were remade into teenagers, but I loved it. It gives it a fresh look both for those who have never read it before and even for those who have. I think the teenager view was worth it especially for a book that was going to be told with text messages and emails. I really can’t imagine an adult speaking the way that the characters do in this version of the book.
So for the most part the major changes were done are in the relationship department, but it was nothing that major enough to change or alter the plot. I love the changes, and it kept me entertained in this new form of book.
So for those of ya’ll who loved the original Dracula book, and have some free time, I really recommend this one for a good change. This is one of those books that you can pick up and not really have to think about it. Have fun with it and enjoy the new storyline.
So for those of you who have an electronic device, i.e.: iPad, iPhone, IOS devices,(I’m not sure if there is one for androids but i’ll find out and update ya’ll) there’s an app for that! You can find the one for apple here. If ya’ll decide to download it and let me know what you think of it. I know that I love it, hopefully you will to.
So that was my review for iDrakula. I hope that you enjoyed it.
Until Next Time!