More Mash-Up Madness: Boleyn: Tudor Vampire
Yet another re-written history, we have ‘Boleyn: Tudor Vampire.’ Gee, guess what this is about? Could it be a rampaging, undead version of Anne Boleyn, the 11-fingered beheaded mistress of Henry the VIII? Bingo! One of the marketing slogans for the book is “One of the slightest tweaks in history can make all difference,” and this is entirely true. But is it an overplayed, overdone, trendy type of tweak? One wonders, –after the latest in history-tweaking-vampire-novels, Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, not to mention all the other historical twisted new epics coming out lately.
However, after seeing the book trailer for Cinsearae S.’s novel, Boleyn: Tudor Vampire, I have to confess an interest. The novel clearly had a lot of effort put into it, and it may be indicative of genuine talent. I may actually read it! Here’s a quick summary from the official book site:
“Tudor England. It is during the reign of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. As her time in power nears an end, Anne is greatly disheartened by the false accusations of adultery, high treason and incest she is arrested for, and the cold-heartedness of her father for his lack of defense in her honor. Upon her death, she vows revenge on those who have wronged her, and the simple change of her death sentence from beheading to hanging grants her the opportunity to execute her wish on those who betrayed her.
Unknown forces of inconceivable dark magic abounds. Anne discovers she has risen from her grave because of her denouncement of God just moments before her hanging, and resurrects two others from their untimely, wrongful deaths–her brother, George, and her favorite court musician and dear friend, Mark Smeaton. This unlikely trio will drive Whitehall Palace to madness, bringing those closest to Anne to their knees, begging for mercy and forgiveness.
Once Anne executes her justice among those who have failed her, the last and final question will be whether Anne will finally have peace, or find comfort in haunting England forever.”
I am confused though, because I believe Anne Boleyn’s head was chopped off. There was definitely some liberties taken with history, –but if we’re going to start point fingers, I have to admit, we can’t ignore the big neon sign flashing VAMPIRES at the audience.