One of the go-to VampireFiction novels from ''before'' the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' era is ''The Silver Kiss'', authored by Annette Curtis Klause back in 1990.

Zoë is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful yet frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoë's brooding thoughts of her dying mother. Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before. Does Simon dare ask Zoë to help free him from this lifeless chase and its insufferable loneliness?
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!!''The Silver Kiss'' contains examples of:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Leather-wearing, blood-sucking bad boys, right, Zoë?
* AuthorAppeal: Annette seems to have a thing for cats, poets (Zoë, Aiden from ''Literature/BloodAndChocolate'') and painters (Anne, Vivian from ''Blood and Chocolate''). [[MeaningfulName And Vivian means "lively" and Zoë means "(eternal) life", in what might be a lampshade hanging.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Simon and Zoë kill Christopher, ending his reign of terror and avenging Simon's mother. However, Zoë realises she just isn't cut out to be a vampire, whilst Simon realises he cannot stomach continuing to live the way he has for centuries. He ultimately decides to commit SuicideBySunlight, finally achieving inner peace, whilst Zoë comes to terms with her mother's death and becomes OlderAndWiser]].
* CharacterDevelopment: From apathetic and angsty teen to... well... a ''less'' apathetic teen who has learned to "let go", in Zoë's case, thanks to having Simon around to sympathize with over the fact that they have a very close relationship with death.
* ChekhovsGun: Zoë, we know that crucifix with the big red ribbon is ''fugly,'' but it's a ''really'' nice thing to have around, and not only for your Halloween disguise.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Remember those guys Simon stole his leather jacket from? Yes, they do show up again, in the least appropriate moment.]]
* CreepyChild: Christopher.
* CurseThatCures: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. [[spoiler: Zoë suggests to Simon that they could theoretically save her dying mother by turning her into a vampire. However, Simon reveals that it wouldn't properly cure Anne - it would simply prevent her from dying, leaving her in [[FateWorseThanDeath a permanent state of pain and suffering]]]].
* DidNotGetTheGuy: [[spoiler: Zoë and Simon don't stay together in the end, on account of him choosing to die and thus free himself from his stunted existence]].
* FemmeFatale: Lorraine, since she's not young enough to qualify as a FilleFatale anymore. Either way, she flirts with Harry, [[{{Squick}} Zoë's ]]''[[{{Squick}} father]]''.
* {{Flashback}}: Most of chapter 10.
* GrayEyes: Zoë and her mother.
* IllGirl: Zoë's mother, Anne, due to [[TheTopicOfCancer cancer]].
* IndyPloy: [[spoiler: Zoë taking Christopher's teddy bear to lure him to the trap, because he stopped her too far from it]].
* InterspeciesRomance: A very bittersweet one between Zoë (a human) and Simon (a vampire).
* KissOfTheVampire: The [[TitleDrop silver kiss]].
* MacGuffin: [[spoiler: Christopher's teddy bear has the dirt from his homeland that he needs to live.]]
* MeaningfulName: Zoë can be taken to mean life, which would bring her into contrast with Simon, and vampires in general. It can ''also'' be taken to mean ''eternal'' life, which brings her closer to them.
* MysticalWhiteHair: Simon and [[spoiler:Christopher]].
* NightmareDreams: Chapter 13 opens with one from Zoë.
* [[NotUsingTheZWord Not Using The V Word]]: Used once and never again. As with most VampireFiction, they use euphemisms most of the time.
* OlderThanTheyLook: The vampires, obviously, but Christopher stands out [[spoiler: because he's Simon's older brother]].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Just like Literature/{{Twilight}}'s, they ''sparkle''... but only under the moonlight, because they become silvery with age. Otherwise, they appear to be common vampires that die with the sunlight and [[ChekhovsGun fear religious symbols]] and [[WeaksauceWeakness keep the hell away from running water]]. [[spoiler: There's also the "dirt from home" issue...]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Zoë.
* TheReveal: That baby in the old painting? [[spoiler: Simon.]] And the older kid? [[spoiler: ''Christopher''!]]
* RomanticVampireBoy: Simon of course.
* ShapeShifterSwanSong: [[spoiler: Christopher in the end, as he dies in a pit with stakes at the bottom]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's Zoë, not Zoe, not Zoey; ''Zoë''!
* StalkerWithACrush: Simon. Thankfully, Zoë does call him out on it when she finds out.
* SwitchingPOV: With the chapters named after the narrators, too!
* TitleDrop: Chapter 10, when [[spoiler: Simon bites Zoë]].
* TooDumbToLive: Humans in general. Yes, ''even Zoë''.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Simon spoils the whole plan to [[spoiler: kill Christopher with Zoë's aid]]. It doesn't work as planned in the end, duh!
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Vampires can transform into mist and into some animals too.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Simon is not very happy with his immortality. [[spoiler: He gets to chastise Zoë on it, when she suggests he could turn her mother into a vampire so she gets to live on in spite of her cancer.]]
* WickedStepmother: How Zoë and Lorraine view the latter's stepmother, Diane. [[{{Jerkass}} Arguably, they're not too far off...]]
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Mother]]: Simon's motivation against Christopher, [[spoiler: his ''[[SelfMadeOrphan older brother]]'']].
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