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Book Title: Blood Sinister|
The author of the book: Gwyneth Rees
ISBN 13: 9780754060475
Edition: Chivers Press
Date of issue: February 28th 1999
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 38.46 MB
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A fairly obscure mid-90s paranormal YA book. you can definitely tell that it's from another era -- this is the first vampire book I have read in a bajillion years where vampires are creepy, not sexy. here, the vampire is a surprisingly subtle metaphor for an abuser -- a being that targets the vulnerable (primarily young women), manipulates them into feeling that they did something wrong that they should remain silent about, is incredibly charming to the people who have power over potential victims (like parents or institutional caregivers), is so horrific that people prefer to remain in denial about their existence and consequently don't believe their victims, and lives at the expense of another.
As Marx knew, an interesting thing about vampires, politically speaking, is that their strength is gained by stealing the life force of another. Vampire stories allow us to talk about how people who have power over others generally don't have it through some kind of natural superiority, but through, at some point, theft, violence. As a metaphor, it lets us talk about not just injustice, but exploitation -- how oppression survives because it's to the benefit of someone. This is why sexy vampire books with hot vampire boys and swooning human girls are basically indistinguishable from every other het romance out there -- vampires and humans aren't so different from men and women, in that they're embedded in a structurally exploitative relationship. The main difference is that in a book with vampires in it, women and girls can be scared of what they might also desire without being seen as crazy.
there's also an interesting narrative thread about how doctors can abuse their power, and nurses, who have less power and more contact with patients, are more likely to be in your corner. I have beef with doctors so I'm into it.
Lost a point for a character hastily justifying her existence and appearance with "my father is Chinese but my mother is English" half a page after she's introduced -- clumsy as hell. Got a point back for what seems like a surprisingly accurate depiction of Jiangshi.
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