Bekka Black’s upcoming novel iDrakula is a clever take on the classic vampire tale told by Bram Stoker. The story is retold through text message, e-mail, and internet browsers. The story is modernized and tailored for teenagers. The story begins with Jonathon Harker and Mina Murray, a couple discussing the psychotic breakdown of their mutual friend: Renfield. The details of the story are slowly revealed through failed e-mails and text messages between these characters. The things they are unable to tell each other are just as valuable as what they are able to say. The novel was very short, but still very interesting. I would have liked if there were more content or if there was a more interactive level to this novel. It would have been a more enticing read if there were a way to access the voice mail box of each character, or something that draws the reader in. It will, however, be available as an application in the Apple App Store.
I’m sure someone out there is thinking to themselves “Why remake Dracula? Bram Stoker is spinning in his grave.” Honestly? Who cares? It’s just a book. The classics are being remade around us left and right. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies turned out okay, so why shouldn’t this? Some people may say that this modernized text message and e-mail format is dumbing down the story for teens, but I think it’s enticing them. The classics are always going to be remade and reformatted. Why not do it in a way that’s exciting and relatable? My concern is why make this a market campaign for iPhones? Because Apple needs another promotion for their empire. Nonetheless! Be on the lookout for Bekka Black’s iDrakula coming out this October. We all need a book with a bite.