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ACIKIF: young adult stories about vampires
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M is continuing her flirtation with all things goth by announcing that vampires are fabulous and she wants to read some books about them. I immediately thought of several novels about vampires that I've enjoyed, and concluded that my personal preferences in vampire novels don't quite seem the thing for an 11-year-old.

I am inclined to get her Dracula; other suggestions?

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There's always "Carpe Jugulum"...

I found Dracula tedious, good way of putting her off Vampires ;-)

Quite a few suggestions listed here

Haven't read these (but do have them on my wishlist): Stephanie Meyer's Twilight saga (Twilight, Eclipse, breaking Dawn) has had good write up as young adult fiction

Ooh, I was about to suggest Twilight! I read it about a year ago, and can't remember anything about it beyond it being a bit mary-sue-ish and page turney, enjoyable enough I read it quickly but not so enjoyable I wanted to buy the sequal.

I'm currently reading Lost Souls, but, err, yes, I can see that doesn't help.

In not-book world (although there are lots of spin-off books and comics) there is of course Buffy.

I recommend LJ Smith's teenage vampire fiction. It's not overly horrific, but it deals with consequences well - and they're all very good reads. I missed them completely when I was a child (though I'd have loved them), but tamaranth lent them to me recently. I'm hooked.

Dracula is written in very heavy handed Victorian prose. I suggest Sheridan LeFanu's novella Carmilla instead. Chelsea Quinn Yarborough's books are pretty good (and not too heavy on unnecessary sexual content): she might like A Candle for d'Artagnan or A Flame in Byzantium which are really historical adventure stories with a vampire heroine.

Books I have read: Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum for the humourous take, Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch series feature vampires among all sorts of supernatural creatures (werewolves, magicians, shapeshifters).

Books I haven't read: Peeps by Scott Westerfeld is another modern take where the symptoms of vampirism are caused by a parasite - I haven't read that one, but I've read other Westerfeld YA books and they're good. I've also heard good things about Robin McKinley's Sunshine.

I haven't read the Twilight series either, but I am somewhat curious because they sound terrible yet sell millions of copies, and a lot to adults. It does sound like the female protagonist is not a good role model for young girls.

Peeps is great, and the sequel The Last Days too for older more apocalyptic goth garage band types. Also Peeps features lots of purely scientifical info-dumping on the subject of parasites, which a parent has to love, although the YA status is not at all in question.

I am awaiting more of the same from McKinley quite impatiently. Likewise excellent. Scary-shit vampires too.

I was enthralled when I first read Dracula. I think was a little older, maybe 12 or 13. I didn't find he prose style off-putting but then I had read other Victorian-era novels by then.

For rationalised SFnal vampirism, you could give her Michael Swanwick's In the Drift.

I really enjoyed Dracula when I read it (around the age of ten or eleven if I remember correctly) whereas I found Sheridan La Fanu a bit hard going.

Managra has vampires, SF, Byron, Dr Who and Sarah-Jane Smith. And is brilliant.

I really enjoyed the Kim Newman 'Anno Dracula' series (which also have the benefit of a strong, bookish, heroine). But I can't remember if they have anything in them unsuitable for an eleven year old.


Edited at 2008-08-05 03:01 pm (UTC)

I'm guessing that http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/6/2/ is not what you are looking for.... :-)

Some of the Buffy novels are decent, and they do a separate child/teenage line, although I don't think there's anything too awful in any of the adult ones. (Except maybe the Spike/Dru ones!)

Most of the other vampire novels I have around are not exactly kid-friendly, either.

An old friend of the family

The Saberhagen Dracula books. Holmes-Dracula File and so forth.

When I was her age (1970s) there was a series of tongue-in-cheek short stories in one of the mystery magazines (EQMM, I think) that featured a vampire named Cardula. I enjoyed them at the time.

I've always found Dracula compelling and terrifying. Even with the weighty Victorian prose. Every time, no matter how much I tell myself not to do this, I find myself gripped so that I'm still reading it at 3 am, too scared to get out of bed to turn the light off and go to sleep... I first read it at about 14, I think, but its fascination has remained.

I echo recommendations for Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Carmilla although it may come across as quite erotic and I don't know if that's what M will want, and Carpe Jugulum once she then knows enough of the tropes to get all the jokes.

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