This month begins the not-to-be-missed Harlequin Nocturne mini-series, Royal House of Shadows. These four books bring together a dream team of paranormal authors, and follow royal siblings who must fight to regain their kingdoms. During the next four months, authors Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen, Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh will each release a Nocturne story that is loosely based on their chosen fairy tale.

Up first is Showalter’s Lord of the Vampires, a dark, sexy take on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now, if you are anything like me, you might be wondering just how close the author stuck to her inspiration. So today I've broken it down for you. In the left column we have Alice's Adventures in in Wonderland. Originally published in 1865 by Lewis Carroll, the tale has stood the test of time and has dozens of films and other related projects. And in the right column is Showalter’s Lord of the Vampires publishing today with hopes of hitting bestseller lists everywhere. Let's see how the two tales stack up:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

 

Lord of the Vampires

 

Audience: Mainly children, but adults will enjoy the story also

 

  Audience: Due to some very spicy scenes, this one is for adults-only
Heroine: Alice, a young girl with a great imagination  

Heroine: Jane Parker, a genius scientist who lost her family in an accident

 

From: Oxford, England  

From: Oklahoma, USA

 

Job: Being seen, but not heard — like any good little girl  

Job: ‪Scientist at a top secret lab that researches supernatural creatures like vamps

 

Travels to: Wonderland through a rabbit hole  

Travels to: The alternate world of Delfina, where she ends up after being transported by a command in a magical book

 

Mistaken for: Maidservant Mary Ann  

Mistaken for: Princess Odette the next Delfinan ruler

 

Special talents: Can shrink or grow by eating or drinking  

Special talents: While I can say she definitely picks up some abilities, I will not spoil the surprise

 

Creatures encountered: The Mad Hatter, a hookah-smoking caterpillar, Gryphon, Cheshire cat and others

 

  Creatures encountered: Vampires, ogres, witches and more
Villain: Queen of Hearts, prefers to behead enemies  

Villain: Queen of Delfina, tends to have subjects whipped

 

Defense skills: None (tends to run away)  

Defense skills: Trained in self-defense, Jane is small but mighty when riled

 

Hero: While the white rabbit does guide Alice, ultimately the girl is saved by her sister who wakes her up for tea

 

 

Hero: Nicolai, Crown Prince of Elden, also known as “The Dark Seducer” he is all that and more

Miscommunications:

Eaglet: "Speak English! I don't know the meaning of half those long words, and I don't believe you do either!"

 

Miscommunications:

Nicolai: "I cast a healing spell to aid the powers of my blood."
Jane: "It was better than Vicodin."
Nicolai: "Vicodin?"
Jane: "A painkiller from my world."
Nicolai: "A killer of pain. Did you love him?"
Jane: "No. In fact, he was hard to shake. He, uh, stalked me, that kind of thing. I had to pretend he didn't exist."

 

References: Mainly political with allusions to British Prime Ministers Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone

 

 

References: Mainly from literature and pop culture including Carroll's Alice In Wonderland and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight

 

Sequel: Through the Looking Glass (1871)  

Sequel: Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe (9/20/2011), Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen (10/18/2011) and Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh (11/22/2011)

 

To compare these two tales for yourself, you can pick up your own copy of Showalter's Lord of the Vampires in stores now and then keep your eyes peeled for the next book in the series, Jill Monroe's Lord of Rage, out next month! Want instant gratification? You can download the e-books: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland here and Lord of the Vampires here.

Tags: RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Romance
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