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I walked into a cute little bookstore today, looking for nothing in particular and to my surprise there was a book titled Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange. Why do we humans lack so much imagination that we have to copy the same story over and over again?

When I came home I discovered even more novels that were connected to Jane Austen. There was everything from zombies, sea monsters and other supernatural species. But vampires was the one that stood out, there was even one novel were Jane Austen herself was a vampire ( Miss Austen Bites Back).

I know that vampires equals money these days, but that doesn’t have to mean that just because you involve them into an already famous story, the outcome will be great or even good. In my opinion it’s also disrespectful to the original story, it changes so much that it no longer holds any resemblance to what it previously was and the new author just uses the famous names to draw attention to their novel.

People should write whatever they want, but they should atleast try to be original when they do it. Originality is what makes an author rememberable.

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I like it when you’re quiet, It’s as is you weren’t here now,
and you heard me froma distance, and my voice couldn’t reach you.
It’s as if your eyes had flown away from you, and as if
your mouth were closed because I leaned to kiss you.

Just as all living things are filled with my soul,
you emerge from all living things filled with the soul of me.
It’s as if, a butterfly in dreams, you were my soul,
and as if you were the soul’s word, melancholy.

I like it when you are quiet. It’s as if you’d gone away now.
And you’d become the keening, the butterfly’s insistence.
And you heard me from a distance and my voice didn’t reach you:
it’s then that what I want is to be quiet with your silence.

It’s then that what I want is to speak to your silence
in a speech as clear as lamplight, as plain as a gold ring.
You are quiet like the night, and like the night you’re star-lit.
Your silences are star-like, they’re a distant and a simple thing.

I like it when you’re quiet. It’s as if you weren’t here now.
As if you were dead now, and sorrowful, and distant.
A word then is sufficient, or a smile, to make me happy,
Happy that it seems so certain that you’re present.

~Pablo Neruda

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The story: Emily Albright is the manager of a cute little bookstore in New York and she decides she’s had it with modern-day love and would much rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and spend her time with Mr. Darcy. So when her best friend suggests a wild week of margaritas and men in Mexico with the girls, Emily abruptly flees to England on a guided tour of Jane Austen country instead.

Far from inspiring romance, the company aboard the bus consists of a gaggle of little old ladies and one single man, Spike Hargreaves, a ill-tempered journalist who is writing an article on why the fictional Mr. Darcy has earned the title of Man Most Women Would Love to Date.

Opinion: The moment of surprise in the story is that Emily finds herself face to face with none other than Mr Darcy himself. That’s the last thing she expects to find on her excursion, a brooding handsome man striding across a field, his damp shirt clinging to his chest. Suddenly, every woman’s fantasy becomes one woman’s reality.

The fact that Mr. Darcy would even be remotely interested in Emily, who for most of the time is either drunk or accidentally high, is hilarious. He is after all a proper english gentleman and she is Emily from the block. If he didn’t approve of Elizabeth who was a well mannered young woman then there is no way that he would even consider taking a woman with no connections and an unknown background from New York as his wife. I don’t see Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy in Alexandra Potter’s version at all. Maybe that’s an unfair comparisssion since one author is famous for her pen and the other for banking on the other’s ideas.

But it serves its purpose as a spin-off. It has a hint of the original main characters and a twist in the story.

 

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So…I’ve seen 7 episodes of The Vampire Diaries and what do I think of it? It’s getting better for each episode that passes, I’m not saying that it’s a GREAT AND AMAZING show, but it’s good. There’s a lot of angst…who isn’t surprised? Elena and Stefan will get together and break up again and again, oh the angst is killing me.

And Damon is the bad guy, who has “some” good in him, the writers really want to make that a really obvious fact. But when their focus group is a bunch of tweens who are diehard Twilight fans, who can blame them? What’s obvious for us (I’m 23) isn’t always as clear to them…we have to make things easy on their tiny little brains with a need of a weekly vampire fix.

For those of you who don’t live in the US, you can watch the show here!

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The story: Wanda is diagnosed with a terminal illness but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. With a werewolf and a vampire for best friends, she has options that most ordinary people wouldn’t. As Wanda ponders what to do about her mortality, a former vampire who now works for Wanda, Heath reveals he has secrets, and one of them is that his former blood lust has turned into an old-fashioned lust-for Wanda. And he’s already given up too much to lose the love of his lifetimes.

Opinion: Wanda, Wanda , Wanda…what are we going to do with you? I would be in heaven if I had the option to become immortal if I had a mortal disease, most people would jump at the opportunity but do you know what Wanda does instead of feeling happy? She sits around and awaits death, no pun intended. That is until God’s gift to Wanda lands on her door in form of a freaking hot man who brings her back to life.

I feel sorry for Wanda but at the same time I just want to grab her and knock some sense into her. Why would you want to die when you have the option to remain above earth? For the first part of the book she has this whole air about her that says “I’m so vulnerable, take care of me” when it should actually say “I’m successful at my job and I know it!”.

This only lasts for the first 50 pages or so and then things get better, trust me!

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