Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Which retelling of Dracula from Mina's perspective should I read next?

What’s a gothic romance lover, like myself, to do when there are not one, but two recent novels out featuring Bram Stoker’s Dracula story retold from Mina’s perspective? 

The first is Dracula In Love by Karen Essex and the second is Dracula My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker by Syrie James. 

Dracula In Love sports a perfectly atmospheric cover with lots of lovely swirly mists and a Victorian heroine running through a graveyard.  It’s also supposedly on the literary side with lots of steamy sex so…what’s not to like about that? 

Here’s the back cover blurb:
 From the shadowy banks of the River Thames to the wild and windswept coast of Yorkshire, the quintessential Victorian virgin Mina Murray vividly recounts in the pages of her private diary the intimate details of what transpired between her and Count Dracula—the joys and terrors of a pas­sionate affair and her rebellion against a force of evil that has pursued her through time.

Mina’s version of this timeless gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into the dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and locked asylum chambers where she led a secret life, far from the chaste and polite lifestyle the defenders of her purity, and even her fiancé, Jonathan Harker, expected of her.

Bram Stoker’s classic novel was only one side of the story. Now, for the first time, Dracula’s eternal muse reveals all. What she has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than ever imagined. The result is a scintillating gothic novel that reinvents the tragic heroine Mina as a modern woman tor­tured by desire.

Sounds fabulous!  But I’m liking Dracula My Love too.  For one thing, this book promises secret journals and I’m all about secret journals.  The front cover is dark and elegant and, to judge a book by its cover, I prefer it to the one for Dracula In Love.  

Here’s the blurb:
In Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker, Syrie James explores these questions and more. A vibrant dramatization, told from Mina’s point of view, brings to life the crucial parts of Stoker’s story while showcasing Mina’s sexual awakening and evolution as a woman, and revealing a secret that could destroy her life. Torn between two men—a loving husband and a dangerous lover—Mina struggles to hang on to the deep love she’s found within her marriage, even as she is inexorably drawn to Dracula himself—the vampire that everyone she knows is determined to destroy.

So which one to choose? 

1 comment:

  1. So I went with Dracula, My Love. So far so good!