May 19th, 2010 21:53 EST
Insatiable Hits the Mark
Vampires are being dramatically overused in popular media. Movies like Twilight, New Moon, Daybreakers, 30 Days of Night, and the Underworld movies all have made vampires shrouded in paparazzi, not mystery, as legend places them. Add in books like Sunshine, by Robin McKinley, or the Den of Shadows series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and the legends that made vampires great in our minds is buried by fantasy.
With a growing bad taste in my mouth from all the vampire hype, I wasn`t especially pleased to hear that Meg Cabot, the Goddess of Chick-lit, was making her own vampire story. But, willing to not judge a book by its cover, I submitted to read it.
What I actually found myself drawn into was a vampire story based on real vampire lore. Meg Cabot had done her research on Romania, Count Vlad the Impaler, and Bram Stoker`s classic, Dracula. This was a richly told story, filled with people you could really envision, and atmospheres that shaped Insatiable into a vampire novel I will actually recommend.
The main character, Meena Harper, is a dialog writer for the soap opera Insatiable. In one day she is rejected for her dream job, which is given to the woman she despises, and told that her writing is now going to be filled with vampires, which she is not impressed with. But, the bosses saw it work for another soap, and now too must join the bandwagon.
Through no fault of her own, she is drawn into a war between the Dracul, vampires who roam free but follow the laws set by the prince of darkness, and the descendant of the prince himself, Lucien. They do exist, and Meg Cabot does a fantastic job demonstrating just how it is that their world remains hidden to us.
Throughout the novel, it follows the theme that made Dracula popular during the Victorian era of repressed sexuality, but doesn`t devote the majority of its pages on love - or lust - to the detriment of a great story.
The novel, Insatiable, is scheduled to be released in June, less than a month away. It is definitely worth the effort to read it.