Welcome back to the Preternatura Book Club! We'll be talking about topics that are related to the book we're reading but are general enough for you to pipe up and voice an opinion.
Each book read will last four weeks, which is a much faster schedule than we've done on previous books. We begin today with the second twelve chapters of GUILTY PLEASURES, book one in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton.
Today's giveaway will be a mystery grab-bag with three books from my unclaimed giveaway pile. (I know, right? You go to the trouble of entering a contest and then never look to see if you won? What’s up with that?)
Okay, so one thing that struck me as I was reading this week’s chapters of Guilty Pleasures was that Anita’s 24 years old. If she aged normally, according to book-release date, she should be in her mid-40s by now. (Yeah, see how Jean-Claude likes her with gravity and wrinkles!) I think aging characters is something all authors of long-running series have to deal with. Have you read series that let their characters age?
I honestly can’t think of one. I aged my Royal Street characters three years between Royal Street and River Road, mostly so I could get them past Hurricane Katrina and into their “new normal” lives. But the third book, Elysian Fields, picks up only a couple of weeks after River Road, and I don’t have plans to age them a year every time a book comes out. Looking at other long-running series, Sookie would be in her mid-30s now.
Of course immortal characters don’t have to worry about this (a good thing about vamps). But do non-aging characters bother you?
Those of you who are reading Guilty Pleasures for the first time might notice that Anita is eating a lot more in these chapters, and she’s even eating things she doesn’t like. Have you figured out why?
Was the staircase Anita and Zachary are fleeing out of to escape the vampires like the Longest. Flight. Of stairs. Ever?
Edward! (AKA Death). What do you think of Edward? He’s the only human Anita’s ever been afraid of.
Is Anita’s fear overdone in this book? I’d forgotten how frightened she was of vampires when this series started (she gets over it, believe me).
I’d also forgotten about the human hate groups in this series. This is a big thing in several contemporary series—the Sookie Stackhouse series and the Kitty Norville series, for example. To my knowledge, Laurell K Hamilton invented this trope. So if (when?) it turns out that there are vampires and werewolves living among us, how do you think humans would really react? I can see the murder rate rise as people freak out and kill other people, thinking they’re one of the “others.” I can see a whole new class of bigotry rise up. Do you think the government would grant rights to the undead or the furry?
Phillip was always an intriguing character to me—the vampire junkie. You just want to save him. Thoughts on Phillip so far?
Leave a comment, start a discussion, and let's see where it takes us! Anyone who leaves a comment gets entered in the giveaway, which is international, of course. I've highlighted some possible talking points above. What do you think?