Zombie Perspectives (with bonus Zombie Sex)

Had to get your attention somehow. I have no regrets! Anyway, my friend started it:

Someone wants to go there with me! Excellent XD

So this blog will be an overview of books that include books from a zombie’s perspective, or has a zombie-human romance (some books classed as zombie romances are human-human relations during a zombie apocalypse. If you want that, go look at Kylie Scott!). These summaries will be spoiler-free – it takes info from either the first chapter or the blurb. If we want to be technical, these are not all really capital-R Romances (as in genre), but rather contain romantic elements. If you have any suggestions for other books I should add here (or buy!), let me know!

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Zombie Perspectives

There is a bit of overlap, so these are the non-relationship ones.
DustDust is centred around Jessie, a zombie. She has a nice little zombie gang and society going on. Their world starts to change when they notice new creatures in the woods, ones that blur the boundaries between living and dead even more than before.
Keywords: First Person POV, Zombie Perspective, Known in society, Apocalyptic, Infectious, Series

Dead Mann Walking (Hessius Mann #1)

This is sort of a noir story with a PI down on his luck – except the PI is a zombie. In this world, there is a ‘cure’ for death. In Mann’s case he was executed for his wife’s murder and later found to be innocent of the crime, so he was resurrected. There’s still a barrier between zombies and ‘livebloods’ in society, so he doesn’t get hired much.
Keywords: First Person POV, Zombie Perspective, Known in society, Series

Pay Me in Flesh (Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law, #1)Mallory Caine is an attorney and a zombie. She still needs flesh (especially brains) to survive after she died and was mysteriously resurrected by someone a year ago. Zombies and vampires aren’t known in society, so her dietary requirements, the true nature has to be hidden from everyone, including a certain persistent ex-boyfriend.
Keywords: First POV, Zombie Perspective, Urban Fantasy, Not known in society, Zombie Master, Series
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Zombie Romance &/Or Sex
Nightshifted (Edie Spence, #1)Edie is a nurse in County Hospital on the special shift – the one with vampires, weres, zombies. These creatures live under the radar of normal society, but they deserve proper medical attention too! And in the case of one handsome zombie, a bit of a different type of attention…
Keywords: First Person POV, Urban Fantasy, Not known in society, Series

Reaper's TouchThis one comes out Feb 10 from Carina Press. It is a post-apocalyptic steampunk Western with zombies … and some luvvins! It’s been much recommended to me by friends, but since I haven’t read it, here’s the blurb from GoodReads: Abby is a Ranger, part of an elite group who defend the border against Reapers—humans infected with a parasite that turns them into mindless cannibals. Rangers are immune to Reaper infection, and as one of the only female Rangers, Abby is expected to settle down and breed more Rangers—a fate she’s keen to avoid. When she’s ambushed on the plains, she’s ready to go out with guns blazing—until a mysterious, handsome cowboy rides to her rescue.

Keywords: Third Person POV, Zombie perspective, Zombie-human relationship, Paranormal Romance, Known in Society, Series, Infectious, Apocalyptic

Generation Dead (Generation Dead, #1)Teens across the country start waking up from their death. They are a bit fuzzy around the edges, but so is society – teens have always been seen as difficult, but the entire culture needs to adapt to these resurrected kids. Challenging the suspicions of society, Phoebe falls in love with a zombie (“differently biotic”) boy.
Keywords: Third Person POV, Zombie perspective, Zombie-human relationship, YA, Paranormal romance, Known in society, Series

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)R is a zombie, who spends most of his days aimlessly walking around an airport or in his plane. One trip to town will change his life as he falls in love with a girl just trying to survive in the apocalypse. This book is different from the movie, and I’d argue it’s much better!
Keywords: First Person POV, Zombie perspective, YA, Paranormal romance, Known in society, Infectious, Apocalyptic, Zombie-human relationship

Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration, #1)Set in post-apocalyptic neo-Victorian world, Nora Dearly is captured by the living dead. But these are the good guys, a military unit of zombies protecting her from the real monsters. She is determined to find out the truth of what is going on, and not even the handsome Bram can stop her from discovering the secrets of the dead.
Keywords: First Person POV, Zombie perspective, YA, Paranormal romance, Infectious, Zombie-human relationship, Series

I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked ItAlley lives in a world of post-humans; vampires, werewolves, zombies and really isn’t impressed by their brooding emo attitude. She didn’t realise he was a zombie when she fell head over heels for Doug. How does one date the undead?
Keywords: First Person POV, YA, Paranormal romance, Zombie-human relationship,
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Extras

Breathers: A Zombie's LamentAndy wakes up from a tragic car accident that killed his wife … and himself. It’s hard to find anything to live for or do, he just lives in his parent’s basement (to the disgust of his father), and attends (useless) therapy and Undead Anonymous meetings where he meets the sexy Rita – a recent suicide.
Keywords: First POV, Zombie perspective, Known in society, Zombie-zombie relationship

My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)

Angel Crawford’s life is nothing to envy, an alcoholic dad, a high school dropout, criminal record. Waking up after dying is a weird experience, and it only gets stranger when she finds a mysterious letter offering her a new job – at the county morgue. Complete with a new craving for brains, she has a second chance at life … sort of.
Keywords: First Person POV, Zombie perspective, Not known in society, Urban fantasy, Series

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)This book isn’t exactly zombies, but related – revenants (they use the term zombies as a joke). Kate has moved to Paris with her sister after the death of their parents, she is at a loss of how to deal with her life. Until she meets the handsome and mysterious Vincent, but being with him is not going to be easy. He has enemies, and being with him means that they are also now after Kate.
Keywords: First Person POV, Not known in society, YA, Paranormal romance, Series

The Changing Face of the Monster

Over some mocha this morning I was thinking (coffee required for brain function). Everyone blames Twilight for dumbing down the vampire. People right out despise Twilight for changing vampires. They’re supposed to be monsters, people cry out in rage, not lovers! As my focus is also on a monster-turned-romantic-interest, Twilight has some sort of weird interest for me. I don’t particularly like it, I think Bella is weak and the writing not great – but there’s a part of me that knows that if I’d read it as a teenager (probably <15; maybe what would be considered a tween now), I would have loved it.vampires

Vampires had already completely saturated mainstream culture before Twilight. They were domesticated by their commodification. Fred Botting discusses this: the vampire is now a familiar and consumable figure. His references for this go much earlier than Twilight, with Dracula as a superhero in 1962 and the amusing Count Duckula, but especially Anne Rice (he doesn’t specifically mention Twilight in this section, although this book was published three years afterwards, but I haven’t finished reading it all yet!). This has created a new site of identification for the vampire.

“Vampires cease to be threats to individual and social identity and curiously give shape to the unformed mass of desires, cravings and appetites called the consumer” (Botting 41)

So the vampire loses its weirdness.  This sort of goes against a lot of monster theory. The vampire is no longer uncanny – something that was once familiar and has since become repressed (Freudian theory). True Otherness is a return of the repressed. Foucault argued “What makes a human monster a monster is not just its exceptionality relative to the species form … the human monster combines the impossible and the forbidden” (Foucault in Levina and Bui, 5). For Derrida, a monster is something that is unknown, abnormal, it frightens because there is no anticipating it. Once it is known, once the monster is seen as a monster, “one begins to domesticate it” (Derrida in Levina and Bui, 6). In Twilight Edward says vampires could have evolved side-by-side with humans – Darwinian evolution rather than supernatural presence.

“The vampire is warmly embraced, included, naturalised, humanised in an appropriative liberal gesture that is scarcely tenable given the vampire’s historical construction as that which is both most proximate and alien to human identity”(Botting 41)

We know what vampires and zombies are now. We know their weaknesses, we know their  strengths. What is left to explore? As Hildebrand-Burke demonstrates in his post on modern horror, we seem to stick to the past view of monsters rather than looking to the future. Why can’t we create new monsters? Why stick to the 19th century imagery of what a vampire is, or the 1970s-80s version of what a zombie is? Fear comes from change, from what is unknown. Nina Auerbach proposes “every age embraces the vampire it needs” (although embrace might be a bit strong. Every age CREATES the vampire it needs?).

Although Twilight and the books I’m looking at are romances or contain romantic elements (romances = romance is the main plot & must have a happy ending. Romantic elements = romance is supplementary to the story), they change the monster and yet are reviled for it. Most modern vampires laugh at the suggestion that a Christian Cross or garlic can stop them. Is this not making the familiar monster unfamiliar again? They are changing the rules of the game and disturbing the knowledge that makes us safe. Why do we even want to restrict this change?zombies

Recommended Reading

  • Where are all the Monster Books? by Craig Hildebrand-Burke
  • Guide to writing modern horror by Craig Hildebrand-Burke
  • The Limits of Horror by Fred Botting
  • Monster Culture in the 21st Century edited by Marina Levina and Diem My Bui (check the Introduction by the editors, and Domesticating the Monstrous in a Globalizing World chapter by Carolyn Harford)
  • Blood Read: The Vampire as Metaphor in Contemporary Culture edited by Joan Gordon and Veronica Hollinger
  • The Living Dead: A study of the Vampire in Romantic Literature by James B Twitchell
  • The Real Twilight: True stories of Modern Day Vampires by Arlene Russo
  • A Taste of True Blood: The Fangbangers Guide edited by Leah Wilson
  • The Changing Vampire of Film and Television: A critical study of the growth of a genre by Tim Kane

*Images from the Sims 3: Supernatural promotional material

More on Monsters

I make no attempt to hide how much I love monsters. My collection of Daleks is bigger than my collection of Tardis’. I call myself Forsaken in Warcraft and am dedicated to the Dark Lady (crazy zombie lady wants to kill all of the living – the usual). Part of this blog post was an assignment I did for uni, where I had a lot of fun in reading all about how we create monsters. This will be primarily on books, but also a few movies and TV too. Some of this touches on what I want to write in my thesis next year too!Nosferatu

Nosferatu, my little fluffy buddy from Nebraska (protector of the coffee mug).

In fantasy* especially, the differences between good and evil are particularly stark and this binary is usually played out between hero and monster/monstrous entity.runty

What is a monster/monstrous?

What is a monster or is monstrous are fluid descriptors. In general, the monster/monstrous is Other and ‘unlike us’. It is made of difference. The monster is the physical form and not human. Humans, however, can have monstrous aspects, which could be cultural, political, racial, economic or sexual differences. The descriptor of ‘monstrous’ is a process of alterity. These are not strict boundaries – through the process of dehumanising the monstrous human, their deviance can be inscribed upon their body (e.g. historically, this would be something like saying an enemy had a deformed body). In some cases, the monster can be the hero of a text, but the villain is usually dehumanised by their evil actions, thoughts or beliefs.

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Narrative Techniques

Metaphoric mode

Fantasy is a metaphoric mode, using techniques like indirection, parallel and allegory to comment on contemporary social practice. The theories of monsters also usually focus on the representational aspect. The monster/monstrous can stand for something repressed, a specific social and historical anxiety, or fear of the unknown. Textually, there is usually an emphasis on physicality (as well as inscribing deviance, it can be even a glance, “eyes as unforgiving as a snake” etc). The monster/monstrous itself can be a form of authority, and representing a negative ideology (the opposite to the usual values, morals, beliefs of a society – e.g. the monster could say that it is okay to kill for one’s own pleasure or power gain). The goal of the monster/monstrous is usually to seduce the hero to the dark side or kill them. The hero cannot be ignored. Often, the main character has a special relationship to the monster – particularly if it is a singular monster/monstrous** – or the hero is somehow special to them (particularly in paranormal romance).

Recommended Fiction

  • of the dead movie series, Romero (very clearly metaphoric of many anxieties – Romero’s zombie movies have been analysed many times)
  • Many dystopias are metaphoric – the very nature of the genre is that it takes what we have in society now to the extremes and extrapolates the change in human nature. The meaning of the genre is also to be a warning.
  • Witches of Eileanan series by Kate Forsyth
  • The Belgariad & Malloreon series by David Eddings
  • Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
  • Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris or True Blood tv series

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Focalisation/Point of View

While third person narration is more familiar in larger fantasy sagas, the monster/monstrous rarely gets a word in edgewise. Usually if they do get their own perspective, this is for dramatic effect so that you the reader can see something bad coming, but the good guys have no idea. However, in works such as dystopias and paranormal romances, limited first person is more typical. It can happen in these genres that the monsters (not monstrous entities) become heroes, romantic interests and sometimes even focalisers. It is often said that the role of limited first person narration is to get the reader on their side, so this narrative strategy at once defamiliarises the reader through having such a strange protagonist, at the same time as making them more sympathetic to the reader (Note: This is what I’m actually going to explore in my thesis).

Recommended Fiction

  • Dust by Joan Frances Turner
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  • Generation Dead (book #1 in a series) by Daniel Waters
  • Dearly Departed (#1 in a series) by Lia Habel
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie (book #1 in a series)by Diana Rowland
  • Endless vampire books – but the good ones are Evernight (Book #1 in series) by Claudia Gray and Vampire Academy (book #1 in series) by Richelle Mead and Blue Blues (book #1 in series) by Melissa de la Cruz.

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A thought on disembodied monsters

Something this makes me consider is if something disembodied can be a monster or monstrous, for example, an extremely repressive society, or certain technologies. It becomes almost an entity in itself where it is not one person alone or one sub-human race alone that is the problem, but something incredibly integral to how life is lived. Often in science fiction and YA, a dystopia comes about because something was once seen as progressive. Humans strive for utopia, and that striving for progress in itself becomes the horrific dystopia. Technology and ideas become threatening to the very stability of the world. You hear it now, the internet is softening our minds, we are losing our inner humanity through the progress of wearable (or implantable) technology. That fear comes across in books as well. Does that mean it is a monster or monstrous?

Recommended Fiction

  • Feed by M T Anderson
  • Uglies (series) by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins
  • Unwind by Neal Stephenson

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A blurring of boundaries – Hero or Villain?

Something which particularly strikes at me are ambiguous heroes/villains. It could be they were perceived one way before and now are the other, or they have changed over the series and become greater/worse than who they were. I think this is particularly stark in zombie stories such as The Walking Dead, where the enemy is not so much the zombies but other humans. The things the group needs to do to stay alive are utterly barbaric, but that is survival. In the Flesh is about how a cure was created for zombies, to bring them back to who they were before and how society deals with that. This is also dealt with in a lot of zombie romance texts. In fantasy, it could be that a blackhearted villain is not really evil, but coerced by others or convinced that it is the best thing because the alternatives are worse.

Recommended Fiction

  • The Walking Dead comics and tv show
  • Quiver by Jason Fischer
  • In the Flesh tv series
  • Go re-read the recommended fiction section under Focalisation/Point of View

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*For some reason, some works tend to use fantasy as an overall term that also extends to science fiction and horror – no idea why they don’t just use speculative fiction.

** Examples of archetypes: Singular Monster: The dark lord, the witch. Singular Monstrous: The tyrant, the evil step-mother. Monsters: Vampires, demons, zombies, werewolves. Monstrous many: aspects of society e.g. repression, technology etc.

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Recommended Reading

  • Applebaum, Noga. Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People. New York: Routledge. 2010. Print.
  • Bishop, Kyle W. American Zombie Gothic. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, 2010. Print.
  • Botting, Fred. Limits of Horror: Technology, bodies, Gothic. New York: Manchester University Press. 2008. Print.
  • Cohen, Jeffrey J. Monster Culture (Seven Theses). Monster Culture: Reading Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 1996. Print.
  • Levina, Marina and Diem-My T. Bui, ed.s  Monster Culture in the 21st Century: A Reader New York: Bloomsbury. 2013. Print.
  • Riley, Brendan. “Zombie People”. Triumph of the Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman’s zombie epic on page and screen. Ed James Lowder. Dallas: Banbella Books, 2011. 82-97. eBook.
  • Stephens, John. Language and Ideology in Children’s Fiction. New York: Longman. 1992. Print.
  • Trites, Roberta S. Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature. Iowa: University of Iowa Press. 2000. Print.

Australian Zombie Authors

Tomorrow I’ll be tweeting for ABC’s Radio National, talking about zombies of course (10.05-11am with academic Sarah Juliet Lauro, the Showrunner for The Walking Dead Glen Mazzara, and Rob Hood and Chuck McKenzie). RN had an interest in Australian zombie writers and while they don’t quite have the programming to cover everyone I’ve read and loved, I’ll just post it here!

I’ve tried to keep it short, but all of them have many more writings and awards than I can list – so I’ve provided links so you can see their full awesomeness. The first listed publication/s are their main zombie work/s.

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Narelle M Harris (@daggyvamp)

Holly Kench (@stuffedO)

  • Secret life of a zombie fan
  • From a project In Fabula Divinos established by author Nicole Murphy to assist in editing and publishing of new authors
  • Holly also manages Visibility Fiction for promotion and publication of inclusive Young Adult fiction
  • Interview

Martin Livings

  • Short stories, Eeeewsday, working on zombie James Bond novels
  • Author of: Living with the Dead (Shorts), Rope (Historical Horror) and Carnies (Supernatural Thriller)  – and a huge list of short stories
  • Author awards: Winner of three Tin Duck awards (WA Speculative Fiction) for short and long works
  • Interview

Gary Kemble (@garykemble)

  • Dead Air – Robert N Stephenson’s Zombies, reprinted in best Aust Dark Fantasy and Horror 2008
  • Author of: numerous short stories
  • Author Awards: Honourable mention in the 21st Years Best Fantasy and Horror, two wins for One Book Many Brisbanes.
  • Interview

Jason Fischer (@jasonifischerio)

  • Quiver – a collection of novellas into a novel from Black House Comics, Everything is a Graveyard (shorts – forthcoming)
  • Author of: and a whole lotta short stories
  • Author Awards: 1st place winner of Writers of the Future
  • Interview

Rob Hood

Angela Slatter (@angelaslatter)

  • The Dead Ones Don’t Hurt You, The Girl with no Hands and Other Tales, Ticonderoga Publications and Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
  • Author of: Midnight and Moonshine, Sourdough and Other Stories, Black-Winged Angels (all collections of shorts) and many short stories
  • Author Awards: First Australian to win British Fantasy Award 2012, twice winner of Aurealis Award (one for Best Collection, one for Best Fantasy Short Story)

Chuck McKenzie

  • Notions Unlimited Bookshop in Chelsea Victoria
  • Author of: Confessions of a Pod Person, and a variety of short stories
  • Author Awards: Nominated for six Ditmars and an Aurealis
  • Interview

Sean Williams

  • Castle of the Zombies (Book 1 of the Fixers series)
  • Author of: Books of the Cataclysm, Books of the Change, Astropolis, Star Wars, TroubleTwisters (with Garth Nix) and insane amounts of other works
  • Author Awards: Multi-award winner of the Aurealis and Ditmar awards in various categories

Garth Nix

  • Old Kingdom series
  • Author of: Keys to the Kingdom series, TroubleTwisters (With Sean Williams)
  • Author Awards: Numerous wins of Aurealis and Ditmar awards and many more

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And for those interested, some erotica and romance:

  • Flesh and Skin and Room with a View by Kylie Scott @kyliescottbooks (erotica set in a zombie apocalypse
  • Lust Plague by Cari Silverwood @CariSilverwood (erotica set in steampunk universe during a zombie apocalypse)
  • The Seven Signs Series by Erica Hayes @ericahayes (apocalyptical paranormal romance)
  • Scary Kisses 1 & 2 short story anthology of paranormal romance with a variety of creatures published by Ticonderoga Publications

Review: Thyla and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Both reviews originally posted on A Writer Goes On A Journey
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Thyla by Kate GordonThyla by Kate Gordon (Australian Author)

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

In Tasmania, a wild and damaged creature is found in the bush: a girl with no memory but for her name. As Tessa starts recovering from her injuries, she is placed in a boarding school by a kind policewoman who lost her own daughter, Cat, in the bush. Tessa knows there is something more to her and Cat’s story, and while she is afraid to find out why she has huge slashes across her back, she made a promise.

In a world of carbon copy YA paranormal, Thyla is truly unique. It’s written in the style of part diary, part letter, where Tessa is describing to Connolly, the policewoman who found her, about her memories and day to day life. Having her write to “you” instantly draws you into the story.

Tessa is a broken girl, and your heart goes out to her. She is truly wild and her knowledge has strange gaps like it, like not knowing what waffles are and her memories of what a school is are very old-fashioned. She’s a strange girl, but fiercely loyal to Connolly and her promise to find out what happened to Cat.

As is usual with books, you try to fill in the gaps yourself based upon your past experiences with other books in a similar genre. With Thyla, you won’t get any of it right. Gordon is an intricate master of plotting and story development. One thing in particular is that there aren’t that many YA paranormal novels set in Australia, and rather than just being the scenery, Gordon weaves the history and culture of Australia into the story.

Thyla is a brilliant young adult novel where you’ll be left itching for more, although once you begin it, you probably won’t thank the author for keeping you up all night to finish it!

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PPZPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

My Rating: 4.6/5

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Thus is the Bennet’s existence in Regency England, surrounded by unmentionables, yet still being harassed by Mrs Bennet to go to balls and meet a rich husband. Of course, real ladies never say the ‘Z’ word. Far from being able to afford ninjas brought in from Japan, Mr Bennet has made sure his girl’s education includes the deadly arts that they may be able to protect themselves from the dreadful menace.

What was surely near the beginning of the fad of the Massics (Monsters in Classics), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies stands out as a tremendous story, with the zombies so closely weaved into the original Austen text and world. Graeme-Smith stayed true to Regency England and Austen’s characters, with the added flair of zombies (sorry, Unmentionables!), including the class system.

The charm and unique romance of the original story, and the ever-dashing Mr Darcy, is kept complete, and the emergence of the zombies is added spice to the original classic tale. There’s always the risk that in using an original text or myth, straying too far will make readers point out the discrepancies, and staying too close within the confines of the original text will be damned for being too gentle. Seth Grahame-Smith both respects Austen’s works and doesn’t let the original interfere with the parody.

This parody is delightfully difficult to dislike, even for those who previously kept away from Austen like a plague. Pride and Prejudice is improved all the more for the dreadfuls, the balls are more engaging, the merest cough a fearful sign, and still Mrs Bennet is in the background bemoaning that her daughters shall never be wed if they continue to disregard womanly modesty by slaying zombies left, right and centre.

Review: Burnt Snow by Van Badham

Burnt SnowBurnt Snow by Van Badham

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sophie is the new girl at school, with a strange and overbearing mother, trying to manage the bitchy popular group and a strange boy who catches her eye. As she reaches towards him, the strangest things begin to happen and Sophie starts to think that it’s not just Brody that is the danger.

As typical as this short summary sounds, the book is nothing what you expect. It is really well-written and a lot more twisted than I could ever explain without spoiling the book. It is quite a hefty read for a YA single volume, just about 700 pages. The plot flirts with danger for the most part before it reveals its secrets. I don’t mind that it took a long time for Sophie to discover more about the world, some books plots just have a switch flicked and suddenly the world changes, this gradual development is much deeper and more emotional for the reader.

Sophie is not the typical YA main character either. Her family is quite more complicated than it appears as well. While she does have her flaws and weakness, she is not a Mary-Sue whose only flaw is she cares too much. Badham has done a brilliant job in creating a character and a love that does not follow the typical simpering love story of most YA. We actually get to see the character grow, beyond just the plot and love interest but actually maturing in herself.

Badham also plays with her references, which I loved. At a costume party, most want to go as vampires with sparkles, to which there is the groaning and rolling of eyes. She doesn’t coddle her characters either, although I did feel a particular situation involving Sophie’s new friends acting out of sorts (for good reason) was dealt with a little too easy.

Again, as is the problem with a lot of good books, is the wait for the next book (although it does not say it anywhere on the cover, it is actually to be part of a trilogy). There’s no doubt in my mind that I will chase after White Rain as soon as it appears (although it says in the book and on multiple websites that it’s coming in 2011, I did manage to find a post on the Facebook as late as Sept 2012 that said it was coming soon). With some minor flaws, Burnt Snow is a strong book that stands out in a genre awash with simplistic plots and even simpler characters.

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Vampire love can be nothing but tragic

We all know zombies are far superior boyfriends than vampires.  Vampires are pushing, demanding, patronising, cruel and have a very twisted idea of love. Zombies never want their loved one to lose their independence or give up their dreams because of them. Zombies don’t require the human to convert to zombiism, and don’t encourage it. Zombies love you for you!

And of all the terrible vampires to have as a boyfriend, Edward from Twilight takes the sparkle. He is straight out abusive, as is the other love interest in the series, “Shirts chafe” Jacob. There are so many academics who pick apart the Twilight series for its screwed-up-ness, and perhaps the scariest thing of all is that people see this cruel relationship rife with domestic violence and domination as a relationship to crave!

One of the things I love about the world and humanity is our insane curiosity and desire for meaning which leads us to such incredible in-depth analysis. A book is never just a book! Bordieu said something about art (which I got from an art class at uni, but can’t find the direct quote), that art styles do not develop independently but rather they develop out of particular social interests. Can anything created be separated completely from the context in which it was created (not meaning everything is a direct analogy)?

Anyway, the main thing I wanted to share was this awesome analytical piece of the Twilight series (ignoring all the horrors of the English language that take place within) about how it’s really a tragedy of the loss of who Bella is, her soul. It’s a very well done piece, and I not-so-secretly wish the author would write a whole thesis on it (I’m a geek, I know it, and I don’t care who knows it!)

Read it here on Reddit!