iDracula: iClassic?

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.

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7 thoughts on “iDracula: iClassic?

  1. Valerie says:

    Personally, I have an issue with “re-doing” all of the classics. I don’t like it, and I don’t have to. I think it’s insulting to the original literature.

    Absolutely taking good literature and boiling it down to text messages and emails and ims is dumbing it down. It’s not just insulting to the original literature, it’s insulting to young adults and telling them that there’s no reason to read the actual stories, someone will dumb it down for you.

    Also in my opinion the only reason Pride and Prejudice and Zombies worked at all, is that the original story is still intact, including the language and syntax it was created in and ADDED to it. Even then it’s a stretch for me, because there’s nothing wrong with the original stories, and these books are telling both kids and adults that reading the original is lame, there’s a cooler new version out there. It really bothers me. Just read the original story, it’s amazing in and of itself.

    I think that this author also took an easy way out. Rather than writing her own story and her own characters, she just used someone elses.

    • kissmylit says:

      But doesn’t it also speak to the universality of the story telling? It doesn’t say “Don’t read the original” at all. It says “Look at how it can fit in with today’s world”. It should be given a chance before being slammed down into the ground.

      • Valerie says:

        To each their own. I do think that with the generation of young readers today it does tend to depreciate the original source material and make it even less desirable to read. After all, why would they read a story that they already know, in a harder format?

  2. Carmen says:

    As a teenager myself, I see nothing wrong with creating a parody of a book. It does not dumb down the book; the original may always be better and harder to understand, but that’s the beauty of recreating something. If the rewrite is riveting, it leads me to want to read the original to see where all the ideas come from. But that’s just me, and other somewhat curious types.

    I can’t wait for this book to come out. (:

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  4. JamesTrumbo says:

    I for one enjoy this book immensely. I’m reading it right now in fact. The browser parts, while the most abstract, are very interesting.

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