Posted 1 August 2009 in Books by Catriona
And one of those things is this fact: once I became aware that there was such a genre as the vampire boarding-school story, I was going to read as many as I could get my hands on.
Surely there can be no surprise about this?
Oh, I know that there’s a certain segment of the world’s population who feels that reading anything that hasn’t been nominated for some sort of prize amounts to prostituting one’s literacy (and, yes, that is a line I stole from Sue Townsend)—and, apparently, they don’t count any of the numerous prizes awarded to children’s literature.
But I—as you know, from reading this blog—adore children’s fantasy and I always will.
Plus, a quick glance at Delicious Library 2 tells me that I own 150 girls’ school stories, and that’s not counting the eight or so that my mother has bought for me recently, which I haven’t yet added to the database.
And though I wrote a post, early in this blog’s life, about how I wasn’t entirely sure I was interested in vampires (a post to which I won’t link, because it was weak writing), that was, in point of fact, a lie.
So when I see a book called Vampire Academy, my heart sings a little, just a little atonal hum of pleasure.
When I see that the second volume is marketed with the tagline “When love and jealousy collide on the slopes, winter break turns deadly,” that little atonal hum swells into “Ode to Joy,” because this is basically Sweet Valley High.
Sweet Valley High with vampires.
How could I pass that up? And, yes, that was a rhetorical question.
So now I not only own the Vampire Academy series, I also bought the first five books in the House of Night series.
And the first two volumes of the Evernight series.
And I’ve just comes across the Blue Bloods series, which, of course, I’ll buy.
Not to mention The Immortals, which I’ve only just discovered today.
And, thanks to friends who are returning from the U.S. this weekend and are willingly acting as book/DVD mules for us, I’ll be able to read the Bard Academy series, in which students are taught by the ghosts of famous writers who died young. I mean, Wuthering High? The Scarlet Letterman? Moby Clique? There is no way on earth I would let those pass me by.
I’ve devoted thirteen years of my life—thus far—to studying and teaching English literature—some of the best and most beautiful literature ever written in English—in the academy.
I have no concerns whatsoever about the fact that for the past month, I’ve not read a single book that didn’t have a vampire in it.
For the forseeable future, it’s vampire boarding-school stories all the way.