Literature: Morganville Vampires
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.
The first novel was adapted into a web series
in 2014 and published on YouTube
by Geek & Sundry.
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.
- And I Must Scream: 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 housemates need his help. What becomes the only way out of this? Voluntarily become a vampire.
- Attempted Rape: Claire in The Dead Girl's Dance.
- Badass: Quite a few.
- Badass Bookworm: Claire moves from being a small school-obsessed girl who got up extra-early to avoid a bully, to dealing with vampires trying to kill her on a regular basis. Still school obsessed. Also, Myrnin.
- Badass In Charge: Amelie and Bishop. Oliver as well, and 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.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: You know Oliver, the really cool old guy? He's a vampire. A complete Jerkass one at that.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Bishop in Lord of Misrule specifically, but it's 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.
- Car Fu: Eve, an intentional case of Drives Like Crazy.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Myrnin. Dear god. Apparently showing up at your door and borrowing a Crock-Pot isn't crazy behavior for him.
- Cliff Hanger: The end of most books, usually in less than pleasant ways. In order: Shane's dad kills Michael, Claire sells her soul to Amelie, Amelie's father comes to town, Morganville civil war, Bishop wins, the heroes beat Bishop.
- Cool Old Guy: Oliver, the hippie dude running the cool coffee shop he maintains as Neutral Territory—between humans and vampires, despite his own human status. His status as otherwise is perhaps the nastiest shock of Glass Houses.
- Crapsack World: Yes, this town somehow makes it, between humans literally referred to as the slave race, vampire turf wars, various characters' concepts of acceptable losses, and the resulting mayhem that is every single volume.
- Evil Is Sexy: Monica Morrell is an in-universe example
- Easily Forgiven: 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 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 having his mother assassinated. And finally, while he's slow to forgive Jason for nearly getting Claire killed, he quickly shrugs off the fact that he also stabbed Shane in the stomach and landed him in the hospital.
- End of the World as We Know It: Lord of Misrule has this feel to it. And then Bishop wins.
- Even Evil Has Standards: For a varying value of "evil" in the cases of Myrnin, Amelie, and even Oliver and Frank. As the former points out, at least the Morganville residents are trying. The Big Bad he's comparing them to... Not so much.
- Five-Man Band:
- Fun with Acronyms: TPU's fraternity, Epsilon Epsilon Kappa. Also known as EEK.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Miranda. Every. Time.
- Handsome Lech: Shane.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Frank ind Ghost Town.
- Historical-Domain Character: Oliver Cromwell
- Is That What Theyre Calling It These Days: Midnight snacks in Ghost Town.
- Jail Bait Wait: Shane and Claire.
- In spite of Claire's many, many efforts.
- La Résistance: a group of people lead by Captain Obvious. That is until Bishop takes over Morganville and Amelie is forced underground with her followers.
- Mad Oracle: Miranda.
- Mad Scientist: 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 a steampunk vampire computer). Good luck with Bishop's evil tattoo, though.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: One of the more blatant symptoms of vampire Alzheimer's. Poor Myrnin.
- Mr. Fanservice: Michael and Shane in-universe.
- Near Villain Victory: Lord of Misrule and Carpe Corpus take place during Bishop's rule over Morganville.
- Oh, Crap: Claire when she realizes she went down the trap-door spider's alley.
- Perky Goth: Eve Rosser.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Amelie shifts between this and Bad Boss. Surprisingly Oliver as well, but only very occasionally.
- Steampunk: How Claire describes the vampire computer holding Morganville together.
- Snark Knight: Standard character technique of trying to stay sane. Good luck with that.
- Took a Level in Badass: Claire. Oh, my God, Claire.
- Town with a Dark Secret: Well, duh.
- True Companions: The residents of Glass House.
- Undying Loyalty: The Glass House residents, with their "weird mini fraternity." Even before Michael becomes fully undead.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Amelie wants to create a space where her people will be safe, even if the humans aren't quite happy, and to cure the disease threatening to wipe out the former. If this fails, however, she makes it quite clear that nobody will survive. Human or vampire.
- World of Snark: And how!
- You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: One of the saddest versions ever. After Claire "dies,", Shane starts claiming he can hear her. This naturally freaks the hell out of Michael and Eve. Eve, whose usual names for Shane are (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!