The Morganville Vampires Series is a series of young adult novels written by Rachel Caine. The books center around Claire Danvers, a sixteen year-old genius who graduated from high school early and started school at a small town college to satisfy her overprotective parents. When a girl in the dorms threatens Claire's life, she resorts to answering an ad in the paper for a roommate in a four bedroom house. Which is how she meets Eve Rosser, a goth girl a few years older than Claire who works at the local coffee shop in town. Eve introduces Claire to the two other boys who live in the house, Shane Collins and Michael Glass. Claire barely gets in the door when Eve tells Claire the secret of the quiet college town-- it's inhabited by vampires.
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!!Tropes in this work:
* {{Abusive Parents}} Shane and Eve's dads.
** Eve's ''mom.'' ("Just because you never loved your father...")
* {{Action Survivor}}: Claire and Eve. Hell. Probably everyone.
* AndIMustScream: Michael in Book 1. Nearly made a vampire (something he ''despises'', by the way), came back as a ghost that dies again every single morning, stuck that way until sunset and his return to a proper body, and stuck in the house for ever, because the house is what kept him "alive" in the first place. This status does not change, no matter how much his [[TrueCompanions housemates]] need his help. What becomes the only way out of this? [[spoiler: Voluntarily become a vampire.]]
* {{Attempted Rape}}: Claire in The Dead Girl's Dance.
** Which [[CallBack becomes a momentary nightmare moment]] for her in Feast of Fools, when she helps stop a similar incident.
* {{Badass}}: Quite a few.
* BadassBookworm: Claire moves from being a small school-obsessed girl who got up extra-early to avoid a bully, to [[TookALevelInBadass dealing with vampires trying to kill her on a regular basis]]. Still school obsessed. Also, Myrnin.
* BadassInCharge: Amelie and Bishop. Oliver as well, and [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority all for good reason]].
* {{Badass Normal}}: When you've lived in this town for long enough, it's bound to happen. Though notable ones are Shane.
* {{Badass Biker}}: Shane's dad and his biker gang.
* [[spoiler:{{Bitch In Sheeps Clothing}}: You know Oliver, the really cool old guy? He's a vampire. A complete {{Jerkass}} one at that.]]
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: Bishop in Lord of Misrule]] specifically, but it's [[OhCrap rare]] to find a volume that ends on a truly peaceful note.
* {{Black And Gray Morality}}
* {{Boarding School of Horrors}}: TPU.
* {{Broken Bird}}: Eve.
* {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}: Myrnin.
* CarFu: Eve, an intentional case of DrivesLikeCrazy.
* {{Cloud Cuckoolander}}: Myrnin. Dear god. Apparently showing up at your door and borrowing a Crock-Pot isn't crazy behavior for him.
* CliffHanger: The end of most books, usually in less than pleasant ways (spoiler: in order; Shane's dad kills Michael, Claire sells her soul to Amelie, Amelie's father comes to town, Morganville civil war, Bishop ''wins'', [[LaserGuidedKarma the heroes beat Bishop]].
* CoolOldGuy: Oliver, the hippie dude running the cool coffee shop he maintains as Neutral Territory--between humans and vampires, despite his own human status. [[spoiler: His status as [[BitchInSheepsClothing otherwise]] is perhaps the nastiest shock of Glass Houses.]]
** Myrnin, in spite of his apparent age. When he's not acting under [[spoiler: [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody vampire Alzheimer's]]]], anyway.
* CrapsackWorld: Yes, this town somehow makes it, between humans literally referred to as the slave race, vampire turf wars, [[WellIntentionedExtremist various]] [[MagnificentBastard characters]]' [[IDidWhatIHadToDo concepts]] of acceptable losses, and the resulting mayhem that is every single volume.
* {{Estrogen Brigade Bait}}: Michael and Shane in-universe.
* EvilIsSexy: Monica Morrell is an in-universe example
* EasilyForgiven: Well, ''forgiven'' may be a strong word, but Shane has a weird way of dealing with those who've hurt him. He hates Monica, but more in the way you'd dislike a colossal jerk (which she is) than the way you'd dislike [[spoiler:the responsible for the death of your sister]], which she also is. He often chafes under Amelie's authoritarian and vampire-slanted rule, but he doesn't seem to hold a grudge against her for [[spoiler:having his mother assassinated]]. And finally, while he's slow to forgive [[spoiler:Jason]] for nearly getting Claire killed, he quickly shrugs off the fact that he also [[spoiler:stabbed Shane in the stomach and landed him in the hospital.]]
* EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Lord of Misrule has this feel to it. [[TheBadGuyWins And then Bishop wins.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: For a varying value of "evil" in the cases of [[MadScientist Myrnin]], [[IceQueen Amelie]], and even [[PetTheDog Oliver]] and [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Frank]]. As the former points out, at least the Morganville residents are trying. The BigBad he's comparing them to... [[LackOfEmpathy Not so much]].
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Michael
** TheLancer and TheBigGuy: Shane
** TheSmartGuy: Claire
** TheChick: Eve
* {{Fun With Acronyms}}: TPU's fraternity, Epsilon Epsilon Kappa. Also known as EEK.
* {{Go Mad From The Revelation}}: Miranda. Every. Time.
** In ''Ghost Town'' [[spoiler: a lot of people get [[ItMakesSenseInContext magical amnesia]] and forget [[TearJerker the deaths of their loved ones]] or the fact that they're vampires]]. It doesn't end well.
* {{Handsome Lech}}: Shane.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Frank]] ind ''Ghost Town''.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/OliverCromwell]]
* IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItTheseDays: Midnight snacks in ''Ghost Town''.
* JailBaitWait: Shane and Claire.
** In spite of Claire's many, many efforts.
* {{La Resistance}}: a group of people lead by Captain Obvious. [[spoiler: That is until Bishop takes over Morganville and Amelie is forced underground with her followers.]]
* {{Mad Oracle}}: Miranda.
* MadScientist: Myrnin
* {{Magitek}}: Claire valiantly tries to explain away the most blatant examples of magic, such as the teleporting doorways, amnesia field around the town, etc (all held together by [[spoiler: a steampunk vampire computer]]). Good luck with Bishop's [[MindControl evil tattoo]], though.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: One of the more blatant symptoms of [[spoiler: vampire Alzheimer's.]] Poor Myrnin.
* {{Near Villain Victory}}: [[spoiler: Lord of Misrule and Carpe Corpus take place during Bishop's rule over Morganville.]]
* OhCrap: Claire when she realizes [[spoiler: she went down the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast trap-door spider's]] alley]].
** Many a [[SerialEscalation volume]] ends this [[CliffHanger way]]
* {{Perky Goth}}: Eve Rosser.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Amelie shifts between this and BadBoss. Surprisingly [[spoiler:Oliver]] as well, but only ''very'' occasionally.
* {{Steampunk}}: How Claire describes [[spoiler: the vampire computer holding Morganville together]].
* SnarkKnight: [[WorldOfSnark Standard]] character technique of trying to stay sane. [[CrapsackWorld Good luck with that.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Claire. Oh, my God, Claire.
** TookALevelInJerkass: Part of toughening up, apparently, although she at least tries to keep it in check.
* {{Town With A Dark Secret}}: Well, duh.
* TrueCompanions: The residents of Glass House.
* UndyingLoyalty: The Glass House residents, with their "weird mini fraternity." [[spoiler: Even ''before'' Michael becomes fully undead]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Amelie wants to create a space where her people will be safe, even if the humans aren't quite happy, [[spoiler: and to cure the disease threatening to wipe out the former]]. If this fails, however, she makes it quite clear that nobody will survive. [[KillEmAll Human or vampire]].
* WorldOfSnark: And how!
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: One of the saddest versions ''ever.'' After [[spoiler: Claire]] [[DeathIsCheap "dies,"]], Shane starts claiming [[TalkingToTheDead he can hear her.]] This naturally freaks the hell out of Michael and Eve. Eve, whose usual names for Shane are [[InsultOfEndearment (affectionate)]] "jackass" or "asshole," suddenly begins calling him "sweetie" and "honey." Paraphrased:
-->Shane: No! No! You don't call me that. You call me jackass, or asshole, or jerk, or--not sweetie! Not--not honey! Stop!