The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod is a five-book series by Heather Brewer. It is centralized around Vladimir Tod, a teenaged halfvampire who was orphaned three years prior to the first book. A spinoff series The Slayer Chronicles came out September 20, 2011.In 2013, the graphic novel version of Eight Grade Bites was released.The books in this series are...
Eighth Grade Bites
Ninth Grade Slays
Tenth Grade Bleeds
Eleventh Grade Burns
Twelfth Grade Kills
This series provides examples of:
Aerith and Bob: This is especially noticeable with the vampire names. We have Tomas and Otis, and D'ablo, Cratus, Jasik, and Dorian.
Applied Phlebotinum: D'Ablo thought he could become the Pravus by extracting Vlad's Pravus powers and injecting them into himself. He attempted this at some point— the powers were supposedly a tangible, fluorescent purple liquid. Vlad was able to break free, but in the process broke the syringe and spilled his Pravus powers all over the floor, therefore losing them.
Betty and Veronica: Vlad being Betty and Joss being Veronica, fighting for Meredith's affection.
For a little while there, Snow was Betty, and Meredith was Veronica, fighting for Vlad's affection.
Big Bad: Several throughout the series, though D'Ablo is one of the leading causes in all of the books until he dies in book five. After that, the Big Bad is revealed to have been Tomas Tod the whole time.
Chosen One: Vlad is thought to be the subject of a huge Elysian prophecy because he is the first ever vampire to be born instead of made.
Turns out, he really is the Pravus. Not that you didn't already know by book three.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The books' covers are mostly indistinguishable from each other, except for the differently-colored fanged smiley face logos - in order, red, blue, purple, orange, green.
Cypher Language: In Tenth Grade Bleeds we get a full translation of Elysian code which turns out to be English letters substituted with slashes and dashes encased in parentheses (or Teneo indicators). This adds a layer of humor to Otis's comment that a human would find the elegant script impossible to understand. It is also mentioned that a vampire's mark is a jumbling of their initials in Elysian Code, and their mark is as unique as a fingerprint.
For Repetitive Names and initials, like Otis Otis and Tomas Tod, the vampire's mark could simply be that letter of the alphabet in Elysian Code.
Death Row: At the end of Eleventh Grade Burns Vlad is given one week to live before he is to be put to death for disfiguring D'Ablo.
Like Father, Like Son: Vlad is often compared to his father. His name written in Elysian Language is almost exactly like his father's. He also carries around a journal that says The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod to mirror one his father had, which said The Chronicles of Tomas Tod.
Opposites Attract: In a friendship way, Henry and Vlad. Henry is the cool, popular, lady's man while Vlad is the dorky "goth" that can't seem to get the girl. In the romantic way, Vlad and Meridith, the sunshiny, popular girl clad in pink.
Our Vampires Are Different: Mostly averted, surprisingly. It's nice to know in a world of sparkling vampires, some of the old myths of garlic and levitation and stakes through the heart still live. Though, with enough sunblock, it seems, the vamps in Vladimir Tod can go out in the sunlight.
Where The Hell Is Bathory? It's never said what part of the country Bathory is supposed to be located in. There's little (if any) mention of snowy winters, and Joss is flown there from California, but that could apply to almost anywhere in the southern half of the US, or perhaps the Pacific Northwest.