Can the redemptive stories of monsters give us insight into our own lives?
I just finished reading the second installment of Debbie Viguié’s vampire series. I was a tad skeptical at first, but I have to tell you … I like it.
In her vampire mythology, vampires are cursed because of the evil lives they lived in their mortal bodies. However, a vampire can accept Christ and therefore be redeemed. So far, she hasn’t gone into exactly what this means for them in the long run, but I have the feeling we will find out in the third book. I, for one, am holding out for a miracle for the two main characters, Susan and Raphael. Then again, that’s just the way I am … Sigh …
This series has its share of humans and Good Vampires gaining together to fight and stake-through-the-heart evil vampires. And yes, like the Twilight series, our good vamps only feast on animal blood. Usually … Although, there comes a moment of self-sacrifice (Kiss of Night) where the heroine (Susan) gives up her blood to save our leading man (um, vampire man) who has been weakened in a battle . . . This scene is passionate, and not for those who prefer a light Christian romance. It is also poignant. It forces both characters to rethink their motivations. Frankly, I liked it. But, then again, I believe fiction should affect us deeply. Make us rethink our motivations right along with the characters.
But I digress …
In the second book, Kiss of Death, we have two storylines. One in present day Europe, and one in the middle ages. In the middle ages, we gain insight into Raphael’s Creator, Gabriel. And, of course, being a romance, we also meet Carissa. What I love about this storyline is that it portrays two people forced to work together in order to survive. When Carissa is wrongly charged with witchcraft she is sent to The Cell. Lurking in the darkness of her prison chamber is a man so bestial that he will not show his face. But the beast still has a heart, and refuses to … um … dine on the innocent Carissa, even though he is growing weaker by the day.
They have only one chance of survival. Escape. But Gabriel isn’t strong enough to break his bonds. Carissa, unwilling to give up her fight for life, drains her blood into a bowl for him. He won’t take more than she can safely give and it takes weeks of bloodletting for him to become strong enough to break his chains. Meanwhile, Gabriel begins to regret his mortal life . . .
Okay, so it’s question and answer time. What do you guys think about the concept of Christian vampire fiction? Or Christian vampires, for that matter? I noticed that I receive more comments over facebook than on this blog, and that’s fine, whatever is more convenient works for me.