A 2009 novel by Catherine Jinks about a group of Vegetarian Vampires
. In this universe, vampires are not sex gods
, or even particularly powerful. In fact, being a vampire is basically like being chronically ill for all eternity. The vampires in the titular group don't want to harm humans, so they survive on guinea pigs and enzyme supplements. They have support group meetings every Tuesday. Then, one day, Casimir, the vampire who sired most of them, doesn't show up. He's found staked in his apartment. It's up to the Reformed Vampire Support Group to investigate the murder.
As of 2011, there is a sequel, The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group
This work provides examples of:
- Ascended Fanboy: Nefley, at the end, though playing errand boy to a bunch of undead invalids is the last thing he'd expected.
- Asshole Victim: Casimir
- Badass Normal: Father Ramon (a priest who looks after the vampires) and Estelle (the protagonist's mother).
- Boomerang Bigot: Nina, the main character, often complains about her fellow vampires' (and her own) frailty, apathy, revolting eating habits and constant bickering.
- Color Me Black: Barry and Dermid, who look down on paranormals and make a living exploiting them in gruesome ways, are turned into vampires by the end of the novel.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampires
- Good Shepherd: Father Ramon
- Her Codename Was Mary Sue: Zadia Bloodstone, the conventional sexy vampire heroine in Nina's novels.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad
- I Should Write a Book About This
- Jerk Ass: Barry and Dermid, who run an illegal werewolf fighting business. Horace has his moments too.
- Lemony Narrator: Nina, who often passes judgement on characters (including herself), skips over details she feels would gross out the reader, or adds in scenes that happened while she was absent which she was told about later.
- Literary Agent Hypothesis
- Not Growing Up Sucks
- Otaku: Nina comments that many vampires become this eventually, hiding inside their homes watching television. Nefley is a human example.
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Our Werewolves Are Different
- Tropaholics Anonymous
- Vampire Hunter: Nefley is a wannabe vampire slayer.
- Vegetarian Vampires: They eat guinea pigs and take enzyme supplements.
- Weakened by the Light: To the point that street lights can make their eyes bleed if they don't wear sunglasses.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue