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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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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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The story: The third installment of Meyer’s vampire-romance series finds “heroine” Bella Swan anxious to become a vampire and live forever with handsome vampire Edward. Obstacles arise when Edward demands marriage and werewolf Jacob declares his love for Bella. Don’t forget the fact that Bella’s life is in danger…again.

Opinion: I’m not sure that this third book was necessary, but when you discover that there is money to make if you prolong the story then the quality has to step back and leave room for quantity.

There is really no character development, other than that we get to read notes that are sent back and forth between Bella and Jacob, which really belittles the characters. They are teenagers not kindergarten children. OK we get that you are hurt Jacob, she didn’t pick you, but did you ever think  that she would?

The fact that Bella is portrayed as this helpless and somewhat stupid girl who can’t take care of herself really sends out the wrong signal to all the young tweens who are diehard fans of this series. She always has to depend on others to save her and she only gets tough when she feels the need to protect her family is such a cliché.

I don’t think you would miss anything important if you skipped reading this book and went right on to read Breaking Dawn instead. This book does not add anything new to the story, in my opinion it’s simply a pocket filler for the author and the publishing company.

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The story: Nina always loved the nightlife, she just never expected to be the nightlife. It’s a lousy first day on the job for Nina Blackman when a patient, loopy from the anesthesia, bites her. At least he was cute. But for real drama she can’t beat the next evening. Nina wakes up with a set of razor-sharp fangs, bionic vision, supersonic hearing, and a taste for blood. There must be a good explanation. There is. It’s her patient, Greg Statleon.

Opinion: Niiiiiiina I love you! This is my favourite character in the series! She isn’t afraid of anyone or anything and she has the dirtiest mouth I’ve ever come across. The way she has inner monologues with herself is hilarious and what’s even more hilarious is that she doesn’t find out that Greg aka the big bad sexy as hell vampire can hear her thoughts. Like this part from the first pages in the book:

He was the shit.

B-e-a.uuu-tiful

Delish.

A ten on the wet panty scale.

Maybe if she just admitted it like a mental mantra over and over in her head it would go away. Sort of like a Gregori exorcism. Admitting it was the first step to recovery. “You find me attractive, don’t you?” His words, low,husky, confident, were just the cold douse of water she needed to regain her perspective. What an arrogant son of a bitch.

As I said before, Accidentally Dead, is my favourite book in the Accidental Friend series. She doesn’t take crap from anyone but she isn’t to proud to admit when she is wrong either, you just have to twist her arm around hard enough to make her confess, but it’s still a confession right?

If you want to have a good laugh on a rainy and windy* autumn evening then this is the book for you. You don’t have to have read the previous book to follow the story since the books are pretty much independent and not follow-up stories.

*at least it’s windy as hell in Gothenburg!

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