Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Made For TV?

I usually try not to write about books while I'm reading them (I don't know why, maybe I'm thinking I don't want to ruin the surprise before I review them?), but I can't resist any longer with this current book.

I'm reading Hotel Transylvania, and I have to say, what a silly book. This is from someone who has read most of the Anne Rice novels and has an admitted weakness for silly vampire novels. However, this one is pretty darn silly. Let's see here. I'm only half way through, and so far we have:

* First, there's the millenium+ years-old vampire (he's good, of course) (as far as we can tell, anyway) (plus he's charming and dashing and rich and all those things)
* Then, there's the young ingenue, Madelaine, a country girl staying with her aunt in Paris. She is of course infatuated with Saint-Germain, the vampire.
* Did I mention it's set in the 1700s?
* Lots of paragraphs about clothes. Many wide skirts and lace cuffs and peach overcoats.
* There is also an evil circle of socialite satanists (no, these terms are NOT synonymous). They are fashionable, catty, conniving, and also mostly homosexual (although they are married to various innocent women)
* And there's virgin sacrifices
* And alchemy
* And some other plot about jewels and hotels
* And somehow even though it's set in the 1700s, it feels like it's set in the 70s.

Now, please tell me someone made a miniseries of this book in the late 70s or early 80s. Please?

Sigh. Well, the writing isn't terrible, and it's sort of pulling me in, in spite of myself, but I've got a huge stack of other fantastic books distracting me. However, I think I'll finish it because if I end up liking it, there are apparently a whole string of Saint-Germain books to keep me busy when I need trashy vampire books. Which one does at certain times, you know?


Eva said...

hehehehe: oh trashy guilty pleasures. :D Mine tend to me movies instead of books (I don't really read chick lit, but I own quite a few chick flicks).

Daphne said...

I actually can't stand 'chick lit' and this sort of falls more into the category of 'semi-bland historical fiction' which I also usually don't like. I'm still on the fence. It was written in 1978, so that explains some of it...

Kate said...

Ha! I almost don't even want to read the actual review after that outstanding post.

Have you seen the Historical Fiction Challenge Group? I have a link button on my blog if you're interested. They tend towards Phillipa Gregory and Susan Holloway Scott but there's usually some interesting reads on it otherwise. I tend not to do challenges but since I read a lot of historical fiction anyway I sign up for this one. You should look into it. I would love to see you discussing vampires from the 1700/70s.