Nancy Drew meets ... the Vampire?! Really!?


I hear people talk about seeing Eclipse at midnight. And I'm all like "Really, was it a total eclipse of the moon or the sun? How come I never heard about that, I listen to the radio?" The blank look on their faces explains it all - yeah, the radio in your sasquatch cave. They are talking about the movie Eclipse, the third book in the Stephenie Meyer Twilight series about how vampires and werewolves can't get along - I hear that's a big problem.   



Yes, vampires are hot, hotter than a steaming cup of chai on a cold day in the sasquatch cave. Every bookshelf I scan, virtual or otherwise, has a new vampire series. There are vampires, and trampires, werewolves, witches, warlocks, pixies, zombies - we are fascinated with the undead, those who refuse to die and those fighting centuries old blood feuds. 





But Nancy Drew?! Leave her out of it.  That's what I thought when I heard about the latest Nancy Drew book Nancy Drew Vampire Slayer. Nancy's strength is in sussing out clues, going where the police chief fears to go, being thrown down flights of stairs and cornering the bad guy like a werewolf corners a, er ... vampire. Sure, over the years, Nancy has fought eco crime on behalf of the environment, she's found bad guys on movie sets and basically been in every setting imaginable, but leave her out of the vampire/ werewolf craze. She's does not carry a stake in her clutch purse and she is not about deading the undead. Apparently, in the book there is a vampire in town, but is he a "real" vampire (hate to break this to you, but vampires aren't real ...?)    


Dead Frog on the Porch has been called Nancy Drew for the iPod generation - but no worries, no vampires will be on the scene with twin protagonists Cyd and Jane anytime soon.  Mind you, Dead Vampire on the Porch ... catchy title ... ;-j

Comments

Jennifer Landels said…
Gah! When I saw that book cover I thought it was a spoof. Please please please let it be a spoof? I mean, really?

Someone just put a silver bullet in my brain and end it all now please.
Jade said…
I didn't even know they were still making Nancy Drew books so there you go! It's a bit sad that they've pushed her into the trend too.
Jan Markley said…
They are still making NDs Jade, and the next in this series is called Kiss of the Vampire and on the cover is a vampire kissing ND.

No spoof Jennifer. I'm not up on my vampire/werewolf lore, but isn't a silver bullet for a werewolf? Someone please correct me if I'm wrong! I think you might be looking for a stake to the heart Jennifer! ;-j
Dawn said…
I'd be all over Dead Vampire on the Porch...but then, I enjoy the vamps :-)
Jan Markley said…
It would definitely be a good title Dawn. I'd just have to figure out how to weave some vampires into the story.
Jennifer Landels said…
Haven't you heard? Vampires and werewolves hang out these days in strange threesomes. And neither stakes nor silver bullets work, but drippy teen angst might.
Jan Markley said…
Hmmmm maybe they do get a long after all. I'm not up on the latest vampire lore.
Danika Dinsmore said…
Noooooooo! Say it isn't so! That's sacrilegious if you ask me.

My guess is that ND isn't as popular as the books used to be and this is the marketing teams way of trying to tap into the pre-teen market . . . striking while the, er, stake is hot.

But it's just wrong. It would be like adding vampires in Oz.
Jan Markley said…
Yes, I agree Danika. Now, I've just heard from my Nancy Drew buddies that a newer version has Nancy swearing in it! The ND we knew was too kool to swear.