"Friends don't let friends date vampires."
A Young Adult
novel about a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire who goes to her school. Sound familiar?
Well, don't worry. Team Human
is a parody
of teen vampire romance
novels by Justine Larbalestier
and Sarah Rees Brennan
. The protagonist is Mel Duan, a Chinese-American girl who lives in the town of New Whitby, which has a large vampire population. Mel strongly dislikes vampires
as she thinks that their age, beauty, and immortality make them useless and unproductive. Meanwhile, her best friend Cathy has fallen madly in love with Francis, the school vampire. In a world where becoming a vampire has a chance of zombification
or death, Mel sets out to stop Cathy from making a terrible mistake. On the way, she meets Kit, a human raised by vampires, who challenges her preconceived notions about vampires.
A significant subplot concerns Mel's other friend Anna, whose mother has been acting strangely after her father, a therapist, ran off with a vampire patient. It turns out that a vampiress fell in love with him and tried to transform him against his will, which resulted in him becoming a zombie. Anna's mother hid him and made up the story about her husband running away with a patient to protect Anna from the truth
This book contains examples of
- Affectionate Parody: Both authors claim to enjoy vampire novels.
- Alternate History: History seems to be almost the same, except for the addition of vampires.
- Amateur Sleuth: Mel, lampshaded by Kit.
- Bi the Way: Ty
- Creepy Basement: The school has one. It's slightly less creepy with the lights on, though it's still musty and once housed rats.
- Culture Clash: Mel and Kit do this several times, since Mel has never met a vampire before the beginning of the book, and Kit's only exposure to humans has been vampire groupies.
- Disappeared Dad: Anna's father
- Doorstop Baby: Kit was left on the doorstep of a household of vampires.
- Embarrassing First Name: Mellifluous.
- And Lancelot, depending on who you ask.
- Kit is short for Kitten as his vampire family initially saw him as a pet.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Kit calls his vampire aunt Araminta "Minty." Mel calls her brother Lancelot "Lottie."
- Fantastic Racism: Mel's attitude toward vampires
- Fiery Redhead: Inverted for Anna.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: Most vampires. They live in their own section of the city where only vampire groupies and tourists usually visit.
- Frozen Fashion Sense: The vampires wear clothes that were fashionable when they were turned.
- Hidden Depths: Cathy initially comes off as silly and easily influenced by her boyfriend; as it turns out she's probably the smartest and strongest-willed character in the book. You can think of her as a Reconstruction of Bella Swan.
- Impoverished Patrician: Cathy's ancestors were rich but her grandfather somehow lost the money. Her family still lives in their old mansion.
- Innocent Bigot: Some of the things Francis says towards Mel, who is Chinese-American, and Ty, who is black.
- Interspecies Adoption: Kit.
- Love at First Sight: Francis to Cathy.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Kit, after Christopher "Kit" Marlowe. His name is actually short for "Kitten".
- Older Than They Look: A given for most vampires.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Turning a human into a vampire has a 10% chance of killing them and a 10% chance of turning them into a zombie (under the best of conditions; the odds are a lot higher if you try it in a back alley). Vampires do burn in the sun but can avoid it by wearing protective suits.
- Our Zombies Are Different: As stated above, zombies are the results of vampire transformations gone wrong. Vampire Vannabes are made to tour a zombie facility before undergoing the transformation.
- Public Service Announcement: Mocked in the official trailer.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Cathy gives one to Mel after getting tired of her trying to stop her from becoming a vampire.
- Romantic Vampire Boy: Francis.
- Stalker with a Crush: Rebecca Jones, the vampire patient that Anna's dad supposedly ran off with.
- Suicide By Sunlight: This was mentioned as they way vampires commit suicide, usually because there was something about being human that they miss as vampires.
- Tragic Monster: Dr. Saunders.
- The Unmasqued World: Humans have been aware of vampires throughout all of history.
- Vampire Vannabe: Vampire groupies that hang out in the Shade.
- Van Helsing Hate Crime: Defied by Mel, who says she opposes violence against vampires.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Francis' shade.
- White Male Lead: Averted. Mel is a Chinese-American girl and is depicted as one on the cover.
- Your Cheating Heart: The focus of the subplot which is something else entirely.
- Zombie Infectee: The reason why zombies have to be quickly killed is that infection is spread by being bitten, and an outbreak can occur if they're not all contained.