The Beloved Does Not Bite: Moral Vampires and the Humans Who Love Them, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Beloved Does Not Bite

Moral Vampires and the Humans Who Love Them, 1st Edition

By Debra Dudek


214 pages

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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


About the Author

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

About the Series

Children's Literature and Culture

Founding Editor and Series Editor 1994-2011: Jack Zipes

Series Editor, 2011-2018: Philip Nel


Founded by Jack Zipes in 1994, Children's Literature and Culture is the longest-running series devoted to the study of children’s literature and culture from a national and international perspective. Dedicated to promoting original research in children’s literature and children’s culture, in 2011 the series expanded its focus to include childhood studies, and it seeks to explore the legal, historical, and philosophical conditions of different childhoods. An advocate for scholarship from around the globe, the series recognizes innovation and encourages interdisciplinarity. Children's Literature and Culture offers cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections considering topics such as gender, race, picturebooks, childhood, nation, religion, technology, and many others. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children's Studies