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November 6, at 7: November 7, at The Masquerade? While the series features many prominent romance plots, the show does not focus primarily on the courtship or betrothal of its heroine. She is also totally sex positive no matter the flavour of sex being had. Oh, catnip, my catnip.
Vampire romance narratives such as these texts, which grow out of the female gothic romance tradition, are often read through a feminist lens.
While the series features many prominent romance plots, the show does not focus primarily on the courtship or betrothal of its heroine. Ultimately, Buffy does not marry, or commit herself, to any of her suitors—Angel, Riley, or Spike.
On the other hand, Twilight , whose dominant narrative arc focuses on the courtship of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, has received much censure of its romance plot, perhaps growing out of widespread academic disapproval of the romance genre. For critics of the romance novel, the vampire romance narrative, which often couples a vulnerable human heroine with a dangerous, physically superior and much older male vampire, only exacerbates the gender inequality which they see the romance genre itself as fostering.
Gothic romance fiction, of which vampire fiction is a part, goes back to the eighteenth century and to the female gothic novels of Ann Radcliffe Modleski While I do not claim that all vampire romance fiction—or all female gothic fiction—possesses a feminist agenda, I do contend that a wholesale dismissal of these genres as sexist, misogynist, and harmful to female readers is reductive and insulting to their audiences.
Like any other fiction, gothic vampire romances have the potential to offer both their heroines and their readers numerous alternative romance trajectories and diverse depictions of gendered relationships.
After her failing eyesight disqualifies her from street work and forces her into a desk job, Vicki leaves the police force and begins working as a private investigator. Her visual impairment certainly qualifies as a contemporary category of disability. Unlike Vicki, whose glasses offer a visible sign of her physical challenge, Sookie possesses a faculty that is invisible. Mary Klages, Martha Stoddard Holmes, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson have all noted that historically, as a literary trope, disability has signaled pity, inferiority, weakness, vulnerability, monstrosity, and barriers to marriage.
Although Garland-Thomson demonstrates that depictions of disability in contemporary fiction have altered significantly over time—disabled women are also powerful figures for African-American writers such as Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde Garland-Thomson, Extraordinary —discomfort with, and discrimination against, disabled bodies has continued well into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Furthermore, negotiating and embracing their disabilities leads them to their greatest professional and personal successes, as they challenge existing notions of gender roles and construct new alternatives for female accomplishment. Much like that of the supernatural vampire, the disabled female physical body becomes extraordinary, as it helps to defeat threats of violence and to protect both the heroines themselves and those around them. However, in spite of their invisible impairments, both heroines are clearly described as experiencing an experience of social disablement.
The texts suggest that disability is an identity that is ascribed to their female bodies, one linked to stigma and prejudice in their interpersonal relationships, professional endeavors, and educational opportunities. The field of Disability Studies remains a relatively new academic enterprise, despite the fact that, as Lennard J.
Davis writes:. As 15 percent of the population, people with disabilities make up the largest physical minority within the United States. Put another way, there are more people with disabilities than there are African Americans and Latinos.
Earlier discussions of the female body and race in feminist and gothic scholarship often involved the types of questions and issues that are now being explored by Disability Studies scholars. In Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature , Rosemarie Garland-Thomson asserts that both feminism and Disability Studies work to challenge existing social relations; resist interpretations of certain bodily configurations and functioning as deviant; question the ways that differences are invested with meaning; examine the enforcement of universalizing norms; interrogate the politics of appearance; explore the politics of naming; and forge positive identities Further, Disability Studies illuminates the long history of misogynist writing about the female body, dating back to Classical Greece.
In the fourth book of his Generation of Animals , Aristotle states that anyone who does not take after his or her parents is a monstrosity, since in these cases Nature has deviated from the generic type. He cites the first deviation as when female was formed instead of male Garland-Thomson, Extraordinary The definition arranges a somatic diversity into a hierarchy of value that assigns completeness to some bodies and deficiency to others.
Furthermore, by defining femaleness as deviant and maleness as essential, Aristotle initiates the discursive practice of marking what is deemed aberrant while concealing what is privileged behind an assertion of normalcy.
Extraordinary The edges of her world blurred until it looked as if she were staring down a foggy tunnel; a wide tunnel, more than adequate for day to day living.
So far. For Vicki, her disability is accompanied by great uncertainty. Although her condition may not ultimately lead to complete blindness, it is nonetheless irreversible and incurable, and her response is to feel anger. In an attempt to reclaim her life and pay her bills , Vicki becomes a private investigator, at first suffering through boring and unchallenging cases.
The bodies of the victims have been drained of blood, and so the media begins to report that the killer is a vampire. The nerdy and socially isolated Norman plans to use this demon to wreak vengeance on all those who have taunted and rejected him.
With her intelligence, perseverance, and courage, Vicki identifies the killer. And with some help from her two romantic suitors, Mike Celluci and Henry Fitzroy, Vicki defeats both Norman and the malevolent forces he has summoned. As Vicki begins her new career, she embarks on a journey of personal, professional, and romantic discovery that enables her, despite her literal blindness, to see herself, and the world around her, with more accurate vision.
And for four of the eight years they worked together, they were lovers. There are, nonetheless, numerous barriers to Celluci and Vicki recognizing and declaring their mutual affection, in order to reach the betrothal stage that romance fiction requires.
Their complicated relationship is explored, but not resolved, in Blood Price.
Thus, Huff provides her heroine with a healthy sexual identity, despite her disability. Early in the novel, Celluci is established as the epitome of a natural-bodied strong male, aware of his own power and authority: So you ran away.
You took your pail and your shovel and you fucking quit! You walked out on me, Nelson, not just the job! In addition, Celluci proves unable to accept the supernatural aspect of the killings, which further divides him from Vicki.
His character exemplifies the hard-boiled, rational masculinity of the detective novel tradition, and he routinely taunts Vicki for her acceptance of theories that suggest the crimes could be supernatural in origin. Even after he witnesses the death of Norman Birdwell and the materialization of the demon lord, he refuses to acknowledge fully what he has seen: But he had. Moreover, he continues to trust in the power of the police force to stop the demon Unlike Celluci, though, Vicki begins to see the world and crime differently, in large part due to her physically altered sight.
Prior to her disability, Vicki perceived Celluci as a valued partner, both on-and off-the-force; however, now she acknowledges that he lacks some of her professional and personal abilities and insights.
He also prompts her to forge a new relationship to her disability and to the world around her, as she arrives at a fresh understanding of her own identity.
Interestingly, Henry, the four-hundred-and-fifty-year-old vampire who was the bastard child of Henry VIII, is a writer of historical romance novels and a romantic at heart. Huff uses the character of Henry to mock critics of the romance genre cleverly and good-naturedly: Regardless, both versions of Henry are empathic; ready for, and receptive to, the world of feeling, intuition, and emotion—the world that Mike Celluci disdains. Henry is, for example, shorter than Vicki In addition, while her disease makes her unable to see in the dark, Henry is hyper-sensitive to the light.
They make good crime solving partners, for their conditions are the yin and yang of disabilities. As with Celluci, Vicki and Henry have a mutual physical attraction. When Henry is wounded and needs blood to survive, Vicki allows him to drink from her.
Yet her inability with Henry to compartmentalize her professional and personal desires enables her to transform. Over the course of the novel, Vicki experiences transformations in her understanding of her disability, of her world, and of new possibilities for romance.
She takes on the unsolved murders to prove that, despite her condition, she is a fully functioning member of society Early in the narrative, Vicki hesitates to give full credence to the existence of vampires, but she comes to accept whatever will keep her safe: As someone who has always worked intuitively 72 , she must learn, now more than ever, to rely on her senses and her gut feelings.
Her cases with Henry strain reason and credulity, as she uncovers what cannot be seen or readily understood, even with the able naked eye. Metaphors involving sight and knowledge appear throughout the text. Vicki realizes that the evil she has witnessed does not vary greatly from the monstrosities of supernatural or otherworldly violence; during her final confrontation with Norman and the demon lord he has summoned, Vicki is grateful for her decreased vision: Though the violence has abated by the end of the novel, the courtship plot has yet to be resolved.
Despite his inability to articulate his feelings, Celluci clearly cares for Vicki and visits her in the hospital, where she is recovering. There might be something along those lines in one of the Quarters books too? I remember these, in some ways even more than Laurell K.
Hamilton, being my gateway into urban fantasy. I very much like the entire series of all five books. Then today — less than 24 hours after I have this great revelation — I pop over here like I do every morning and learn about a whole new old series in which the paranormal hero writes romances.
That book sounds so cool, hey, I must be on the right track and I thought of it yesterday All By Myself. This makes me wonder — what other books have a main character as a genre fiction writer, like Romancing the Stone and this series? Heroes in particular …. This sounds really good to me!
I will definitely get Blood Price. I am baffled. We were infants. I recently also started to re-read her Blood-series. I think it has held up the test of time pretty well, despite such fun things like answering machine tag. She also does it in her fantasy-novels. Anna Richland Mercedes Lackey wrote a trilogy in the 90s that would be classified as urban fantasy today. The heroine is a witch who supports herself writing romances, and is grumpy that her editor wants standard bodice rippers and she wants to do more interesting things with them.
Alix Yeah, I always loved how Huff had her queer characters just right there in the story, and with minimal drama about their being queer. I too have fond memories of VTM. This post makes me nostalgic for red kool-aid. Demi Oh, catnip, my catnip. I loved the entire series, it worked on every level for me, not the least of which was a vampire who writes romance novels.
The characters genuinely seemed to care about each other, iirc, and Ms. Which led to the Tinker stories and beyond. Actually must go retrieve children but I can dream about books. I really enjoyed this book when I read it back in … but then a minor point in book 2 became a full-blown WTF?
Henry starts a sexual relationship with a teenager that Vicki has known since he was 15 and living on the streets — essentially, Vicki and this guy Tony both enter into a relationship with Henry and everybody is totally cool with it.
She wrote throw-away scenes and lines that alluded to the triangle, but that was it. I thought blood debt did a really nice job of showing the end of a romantic relationship where the two parties genuinely did stay friends.
A good chunk of the smoke books were about Tony doing the kind of growing up that he had never had a chance to do and finding love along the way while staying friends with Henry. The young actor who played Henry Fitzroy. Yeah, the Smoke trilogy is a decent followup on the fate of Tony. I need to finish those up. I am proud to call her an influence on my own writing work! Tanya Huff is married to writer Fiona Patton another fantasy writer with some really interesting novels, especially her Branion Realm-books were nobles have same-sex Companions.
For centuries, the werewolves of Toronto have managed to live in peace and tranquility, hidden quietly away on their London, Ontario farm. But now, someone has learned their secret—and is systematically massacring this ancient race. The only one they can turn to is Henry Fitzroy, Toronto-based vampire and writer of bodice rippers.
As they race against time to stop the murderer, they begin to fear that their combined talents may not be enough to prevent him from completing his deadly plan. Blood LinesAn evil being has been sealed away for centuries in a sarcophagus never meant to be opened, waiting patiently for his chance to rise again.
And only three people had any sense that something was wrong…For Henry Fitzroy, it began with terrifying images of the sun, a marker of death for a vampire. Blood PactVicki Nelson has suffered a tragic loss—one that may prove to be more horrifying than she ever imagined…Vicki Nelson has received the call that no daughter ever wants to receive—that her mother has died. Blood Price. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki is forced to renew her tempestuous relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci, to stop these forces of dark magic—along with another, unexpected ally… Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his long life how to blend with humans, how to deny the call for blood in his veins.
Without him, Vicki and Mike would not survive the ancient force of chaos that has been unleashed upon the world—but in doing so, his identity may be exposed, and his life forfeit. Share on Facebook. Related Titles. Other Series By Tanya Huff.
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