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A trilogy written by ChristopherMoore about vampires and romance... And no, it's nothing like ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Although they are described as love stories, romance actually plays a surprisingly small role in these books. For the most part the genre fluctuates among comedy, drama, supernatural and suspense, with Moore's typical emphasis on comedy.

The first book, ''Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story'', is about 26-year-old Jody, living in modern-day UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco with her shallow and weak-willed boyfriend. [[IncrediblyLamePun The last nail is driven into the coffin]] of her crumbling relationship when she wakes up under a city dumpster with a horrible burn on her hand and a huge wad of cash stuffed in her shirt. She finds out that she's been unwittingly turned into a vampire.

Unable to do anything during the day, Jody enlists the help of Tommy, a 19-year-old who had just moved to San Francisco in hope of finding inspiration to help him kick-start his writing career. He works the night shift at a supermarket along with a crew of other young men aptly named "The Animals". The two move in together and start up a relationship. Jody's maker stalks her from place to place and leaves her "presents" (dead bodies) that make her into a prime suspect of an ongoing murder investigation.

The first sequel, ''You Suck: A Love Story'', is about Jody and Tommy for some reason ''staying'' in San Francisco, [[IdiotPlot despite the fact that it defies all common sense]]. Jody ends up turning Tommy into a vampire. This means that she has to find a new day person and she ends up recruiting the teenage goth girl, [[PunnyName Abby Normal]].

''Bite Me: A Love Story'', the third book, is about a wave of vampirism striking San Francisco. The main character of this book is Abby from ''You Suck''.
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!!These books provide examples of:

* AndIMustScream: In the books, the characters most often neutralize vampires by encasing them in bronze. This doesn't kill them. It just leaves them trapped inside unable to do anything until the bronze wears away and they can [[spoiler: turn themselves into mist]] and escape.
* AttemptedRape: A gang tries to rape Jody when she's in a laundromat on the seedy side of town. [[CurbStompBattle It doesn't end well for them]].
* AuraVision: Vampires see the auras or "heat signatures" around people and can tell how healthy someone is and when the terminally ill are on their last legs.
* BatmanGambit: Jody's gambit to get the old vampire to train her. It all hinges on the vampire wanting to take her in, in the first place.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The third book (Bite Me) ends with the vampire hordes destroyed, Abby and Tommy saved from their eventual deaths as third-generation vampires, and the three vampire lords dead... but Tommy can't handle being a vampire, and Jody doesn't want to return to being human, and so Jody leaves him, presumably forever.]]
* BloodLust: Surprisingly averted. Jody's greatest laments about being a vampire, other than not being able to function during the day and not being able to lose that last five pounds, are that she can't have coffee and french fries anymore.
* BoyMeetsGhoul
* CitizenshipMarriage: Tommy is being courted by five illegal Chinese immigrants for this very reason.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Abby Normal, The Emperor and all the Animals to some degree.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: The, admittedly kooky, Emperor goes around the city warning the citizens about vampires, and [[CassandraTruth absolutely no one believes him]].
* CoolBoat: The old vampire's home.
* CurbStompBattle: [[AwesomeMoments Jody beats the everloving crap out of a gang that intended to rape her]] and shouts "Forty-fucking-Niners!" at them as she walks out the door, presumably in response to the Oakland Raiders paraphernalia the gang is wearing.
* CursedWithAwesome: Subverted. Jody loves being a vampire because it means that she can enjoy eternal life and feel completely safe walking down dark streets at night. Tommy, on the other hand, would rather be human because he is only 19 when he's turned and being male, doesn't have any issues with the latter.
* DeadMansChest: Jody and Tommy end up buying a big freezer to store the dead man left just outside their apartment.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Tommy contemplates about whether or not he should have sex with Jody while she's passed out during the day. Later it turns out that he actually ''did''.
* EasilyForgiven: Tommy, for all the things he's pulled on Jody while she was unconscious, which includes dressing her up as a cheerleader and having sex with her, rubbing her with garlic and putting her in the freezer.
* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler: Simon]] is dying of AIDS and threatens Jody at gunpoint to get her to turn him and save his life. The only problem is that [[spoiler: at this point of story]] she doesn't know how.
* FaceHeelTurn: Jody, in the first book. It's a ploy.
* FakeDefector: ''Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story'' has Jody [[FaceHeelTurn pretending to switch sides]] to get the upper hand on the old vampire.
* {{Fingore}}: The old vampire slips two of his fingers inside Jody's mouth and she ''bites them off and eats them''.
* FlawExploitation: By his very nature the old vampire is lonely and bored. Jody exploits that for all it's worth in order to learn more about vampires and their powers.
* FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampires: Vampires don't need to drink blood in lethal amounts, and they can drink it from animals as well. Even the old vampire tends to feed off people who are near death... even though he kept them in a cage on his yacht.
* GenreBlindness: Despite reading a bunch of vampire lore, neither Tommy nor Jody figure out that to make a new vampire, a human must be bitten and then fed vampire blood.
** Admittedly that's a common way, but it's hardly the ''only'' way in fiction. Some versions have anyone killed by a vampire come back, at least one vampire story has anyone a vampire even drinks from come back after death (and the longer they lived after the bite, the longer it takes), some versions require the vampire to sleep with the victim... and so on.
* GenreSavvy: Tommy. After he finds out that Jody is a newly-turned vampire unfamiliar with her powers, he gets a bunch of vampire books, studies them and uses trial and error to figure out specific vampire strengths, abilities and weaknesses. In particular he's rather stuck on Creator/AnneRice's ''[[TheVampireChronicles The Vampire Lestat]]''.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Due to the fact that vampires collapse wherever they happen to be and basically turn into corpses when the sun rises, being able to [[HealingFactor heal instantaneously]] is almost a necessity. Jody passes out in the shower and the hot water scalds her for the hours and hours she's in there. On top of that a good chunk of her hair gets sloughed off by the constant water pressure. GoodThingYouCanHeal indeed.
* HealingFactor: A perk of vampirism.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Subverted with Rivera and Cavuto, as [[StraightGay Cavuto actually]] ''[[StraightGay is]]'' [[StraightGay gay]].
* HookerWithaHeartOfGold: Averted. Quite possibly the hooker is one of the most immoral characters.
* HorrorHunger: Generally averted. The only time vampires get really bloodthirsty is when they've just been grievously injured and need blood to heal.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Jody wakes up night under a dumpster with a badly-burned hand. It takes her a while to even realise she's become a vampire, and the rest of the book to figure out exactly what sorts of powers and limitations that comes with.
* IDoNotDrinkWine: If Vampires consume anything that is not blood, even water, they'll throw up. Subverted by the fact that this reaction can be thwarted by adding blood to the substance in question. Jody is overjoyed when she finds out she can still drink coffee.
* IHateYouVampireDad: Inverted. Jody hates the bastard who turned her into a vampire, but generally enjoys being one. Her biggest qualms appear to be a) not being able to drink coffee and b) having it dawn on her that, thanks to immortality, she will never ''ever'' get to lose those last five pounds.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Abby. And in the first book, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Tommy]].
* ILoveTheDead: The coroner. Jody coming back to life after being defrosted literally gives him a heart attack.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: For Jody at least. Immortality begins at whatever age you are lucky/unlucky enough to be turned into a vampire.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Tommy, referring to the events of the trilogy.
* KingOfTheHomeless: The Emperor of San Francisco.
* KissOfTheVampire: Vampire bites aren't that painful and heal almost immediately. Being fed on repeatedly from a vampire can even make you stronger. If a vampire is careful, the person being bitten might not even notice that they're being bitten at all.
* LemonyNarrator
* MakeMeWannaShout: Jody, already in a bad mood, gets hassled by a bum and screams at him in rage. Her scream makes the air vibrate and shatters the glass of a nearby window.
* MalignantPlotTumor: The plot about The Animals going to Vegas and getting a blue hooker in ''You Suck''.
* TheMasquerade: A group of vampires actually comes for the old vampire of the first novel because his careless and destructive actions are threatening TheMasquerade.
* TheMenInBlack: The group of vampires that show up at the end of ''You Suck'' to punish the old vampire for threatening TheMasquerade.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Tommy and Jody discuss this in the context of their relationship. Tommy in particular seemed to be looking forward to being a lecherous old man with a smoking hot girlfriend.
* MistakenForGay: See CitizenshipMarriage above. Yes, [[ItMakesSenseInContext those are related.]]
* MistakenForMurderer: Jody, initially.
* MuggingTheMonster: When three guys try to rape Jody in a laundromat, they don't really realise what they're getting into...
* MundaneUtility:
** Upon concluding that Vampire saliva acts as a healing agent (primarily to keep those tell-tale neck wounds from being noticed), Tommy tries to convince Jody to fix his cuticles and get rid of a blister on his toe. Jody is not amused.
** After reading about Dracula turning into mist, Tommy tries to get Jody to do it so she can unclog the hair trap in their bathroom drain. He ends up buying a bottle of Drain-o.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Jody's reaction after she throws a pot at her boyfriend's head and drains his blood. She initially believes he might even be dead.
* NightmareFetishist: Tommy. His first words after learning his girlfriend was a vampire? "That is the most awesome thing I've ever heard. Let's have sex with our socks off." The sequel gives us Abby Normal, a PerkyGoth who didn't just [[JumpedAtTheCall jump at the call]] to be a vampire's minion but hunted it down and demanded the job.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: People turn to dust when they're drained to death by a vampire. This becomes a minor plot point, as it turns out that the bodies the old vampire is leaving Jody are clearly intentional.
* NobodyPoops: Lampshaded in ''You Suck'', where one (very short) chapter is dedicated to the effects of vampirism on one's intestinal tract. In its entirety:
-->"So that was it?"\\
"Yep."\\
"Never again?"\\
"Nope."\\
"Not ever?"\\
"Nope."\\
"I feel like I should save them or something."\\
"Would you just flush and come out of there?"
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The Emperor is clearly supposed to be Emperor Norton, the self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States.
** And Protector of Mexico!
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Justified, as being a vampire means that you no longer get one.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Close to the traditional Hollywood vampire, but with a few differences.
** They're completely dead from sunrise to sunset. That is, they pass out wherever they happened to be when the sun rose and remain inert corpses until it sets, even if they were in the shower, in the sunlight or right next to a furnace.
** Sunlight burns them badly. If a vampire has part of their body in the open when the sun rises, they will get burned and possibly burn up completely. In addition to the sun magically making vampires inert, ultraviolet light burns them regardless of source. Blacklights are weaponized.
** When they get turned into vampires, all the wounds and scars they had from life get healed. This includes things like bent toes from wearing shoes, tattoos going away and pushing out and healing the wounds from breast implants.
** Vampires can see heat and auras, which tells them how close a person is to death. Their saliva can instantly close wounds, and if a vampire drains a person completely, the victim turns into dust.
** Anything that has ingested vampire blood and dies while it is in their system comes back as a vampire. [[RaisingTheSteaks Including animals]]. Since many animals instinctively fight by biting their enemies, [[OhCrap this could be a problem]].
** The further a vampire is from the original vampire, the quicker they have a breakdown, either mental or physical. Elijah, the antagonist of the first book, is the oldest vampire encountered in the series. Some that he sired lived for centuries, but one fourth-generation vampire ([[spoiler: Blue the hooker]]) apparently died after about a month.
* ParodiesOfFire: A rare literary example. During the turkey-bowling event at Tom's night job, one of the bowlers imagines the theme to Chariots of Fire playing as he lines up his shot.
* PhantasySpelling: Vampire is normally spelled with an "i" but when the narration switches to Abby she spells it "Vampyre".
* RaisingTheSteaks: Vampires can feed on animals, although they generally prefer humans. Anything that has ingested vampire blood and dies while it is in their system comes back as a vampire. Many animals instinctively fight by biting their enemies. At one point a vampire makes a vampire cat in a careless moment, and after a couple weeks there are packs (''clouds'') of vampire strays roaming the streets at night.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Subverted. After discovering Jody is a vampire, Tommy immediately assumes that it means she's also hundreds of years old. Jody is then forced to spend the next ten minutes explaining that she's a newly-turned vampire. Twenty-six -- physically ''and'' chronologically.
** Abby comes to the same conclusion in ''You Suck''. As he finds it amusing, Tommy doesn't tell her the truth for some time.
* TheRenfield: Tommy accuses Jody of making him this. He cites things like the fact that he sleeps most of the day, and how she drinks his blood and gets him to run errands for her. In reality he just works at a supermarket during the graveyard shift so he ''has'' to sleep most of the day, he lets her drink his blood and Jody was going to pay him to run errands for her during the day anyway.
** Jody also worries that she's done this to him at one point, and tests it by asking him to jump off a roof. He refuses.
* RetailTherapy: Tommy has a bunch of friends over during the day and they do things like look in the freezer with the dead body and touch Jody while she's sleeping. When Jody finds out she's understandably upset and deals with this by going shopping and getting a makeover.
* [[RomanticVampireBoy Romantic Vampire Girl]]: Jody
* UndeathAlwaysEnds: By the second book a scientist even invents a cure for vampirism.
* UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco: The setting of all three books. Even when it gets [[IdiotPlot implausible and dangerous]].
* SealedEvilInACan: The fate of the old vampire at the end of the first novel. It doesn't last, of course.
* ShoutOut: The title of the third novel, ''Bite Me'' is a reference to {{Christopher Moore}}'s other novel, ''[[Literature/FlukeOrIKnowWhyTheWingedWhaleSings Fluke]]'' where a whale has "Bite Me" tattooed to its fins.
* SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality: At the end of ''You Suck'', Jody and Tommy find out that there's a cure for vampirism. Tommy is more than willing to take it, but Jody enjoys being a vampire. The only time she feels safe walking on the street at night is when she's a vampire.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: Not to say that the book is entirely lacking in seriousness, but given [[ChristopherMoore the author]], this book is quite far down on the Silly side of the scale.
* StraightGay: Nick Cavuto.
* SuperSenses: Another perk of vampirism.
* SuperSmoke: One of the abilities of vampires.
* [[StuffedIntoTheFridge Stuffed Into The Freezer]]: How Tommy and Jody hide one of the corpses that the old vampire leaves behind. Later on Tommy literally does this to Jody while she's asleep.
* SuperStrength: Yet another perk of being a vampire.
* VampiresAreSexGods
* TheVerse: All of {{Christopher Moore}}'s novels, including this one, take place in the same universe.
** ''You Suck'' even takes place at the same time as the beginning of ''Literature/ADirtyJob''. There's a {{Crossover}} scene in both books wrote from the point of view of it's respective protagonists. Their teenage {{goth}} {{sidekick}}s/employees/{{secret keeper}}s also happen to be best friends.
* WakingUpAtTheMorgue: After being defrosted, Jody wakes up at the morgue with the [[{{Squick}} coroner licking the inside of her thigh]].
* WarmBloodbagsAreEverywhere: Jody and later, Tommy,''usually'' keep themselves under control in public, but after an intense bout of healing they can get rather [[HorrorHunger hungry]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Jody's reaction to [[StuffedIntoTheFridge Tommy putting her in the freezer]].
* WaxMuseumMorgue: Vampires are usually dealt with by electroplating them in bronze.
* WeakenedByTheLight: Almost to the point where it's [[WeaksauceWeakness Crippled By The Light]]. Vampires are completely unable to function in any way shape or form while the sun is up, and are therefore vulnerable to just about anything and everything during the daylight hours. The mere presence of the sun peeking over the horizon will cause a vampire anywhere (even completely locked away from the sunlight) to collapse in an immobile corpse-like state. Depending on the geographical location and time of year this means that vampires are useless sacks of meat just waiting to be killed for up to 24 consecutive hours a day. On top of that the sunlight also burns them, so tough luck if they get caught in an uncovered outdoor area at sunrise.
* WhatAreYouInFor: When Tommy, is in jail he asks his cell mate what he's in for. The man replies 'copyright infringement', which he admits isn't really the sort of offense they put you in jail for. Ripping a lawyer's arms out of their sockets, however, is.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Played with. Tommy saturates himself with vampire literature and appears to be this initially when he asks Jody to [[spoiler:turn into mist]] like {{Dracula}}, but it turns out that all she needed was a tutor. Other things he does get wrong, though. Jody can't fly or turn into a wolf, for instance. He also suspects himself of becoming TheRenfield and lists a bunch of reasons attributable to other things. Abby also counts; she believes that vampires are all dark, brooding, serious and romantic, more along the lines of Literature/AnneRice's ''TheVampireChronicles'' or ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' than the vampires that show up in the book.
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