Review: “iDrakula” by Bekka Black

For the love of books

Imagine that the storyline of Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula, was removed from its nineteenth century setting and placed in the modern era amid today’s technology—cell phones, the Internet, laptops, etc.  What would be the result of Dracula existing in the twenty-first century?

Bekka Black slyly answers by using images of emails, web pages, and BlackBerry smart phones to narrate her “picture book” twist, iDrakula.  Naturally, she has made some unusual changes to the original story.  John Seward does not belong to the cast of teenage characters and is replaced by the new character of insane Randy Renfield, Lucy Westenra becomes romantically involved with Abraham Van Helsing, and the relationship between Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray is anything but a perfect romance.  However, the “disposition” of Dracula matches that of the original creation by Bram Stoker.  The fictional city of Gotham is the main setting for iDrakula with the exception of Romania as Dracula’s homeland.  While horror still surrounds Dracula, the personality of Abraham Van Helsing is expanded and his age is more pertinent in iDrakula.  Mina is the heroine of this story, with her determination and strong temperament leading the way.  Jonathan is disappointing when he is degraded into second place by his secret sins and his overall weakness.  Fidelity and willpower are two themes in iDrakula that compete with Black’s speculation about vampires.

For all Stephenie Meyer fans and anti-Twilight personae, the author has altered the typical characteristics of vampires only slightly, making her “novella” the complete opposite of the Twilight series.  Despite the intriguing addition of modern technology to the plot, Black’s “cell phone novel” is very straightforward in its approach and has original developments within the storyline.  Gritty and clever, iDrakula is the ultra-creative introduction to the basic outline of Stoker’s horror novel.  If hunting for a reasonable, gripping vampire novel with a surprising ending, no complicated love triangles, and a new theory about vampire transformation,iDrakula is one of the best choices.

Original review: Make room for this techy version of a famous horror story, Examiner.com

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