1st Edition

The Beloved Does Not Bite
Moral Vampires and the Humans Who Love Them

ISBN 9780367346362
Published October 2, 2019 by Routledge
226 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

In this new monograph, author Debra Dudek defines a new era of vampire texts in which vampires have moved from their iconic dark, feared, often seductive figure lingering in alleys, to the beloved and morally sensitive vampire winning the affections of teen protagonists throughout pop culture. Dudek takes a close look at three hugely-popular vampire series for young adults, drawing parallels between the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Twilight Saga novels/films, and The Vampire Diaries TV series/book series. By defining a new era of vampire texts and situating these three series within this transition, The Beloved Does Not Bite signals their significance and lays the groundwork for future scholarship on the flourishing genre of paranormal romances for young adults.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

Introduction: The Beloved Cycle—A New Vampire Sub-Genre

Chapter One: From Killing to Kissing—Tracing the Syntactic Redetermination

Chapter Two: "Doesn’t he own a shirt?"—Beauty and Justice

Chapter Three: "I could see your heart"—Looking Leads to Kissing

Chapter Four: "You have a heart?"—Loving, Leaving, and Letting Go

Chapter Five: "I know I don’t deserve your forgiveness, but I need it"—

Vengeance, Compassion, and Forgiveness

Chapter Six: "But how do I stop a monster without becoming one?"—War and Killing

Conclusion: "If we cease to believe in love, why would we want to live?"—

Fallen Angels, Emotional Zombies, and other Rebel Lovers


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Debra Dudek is an English Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University.