Insatiable by Meg Cabot


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.

Review by Tony Graff

Fanged Films

From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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Mad House V.1 N.120 May 1980