Literature / The Silver Kiss
One of the go-to Vampire Fiction
novels from before
era is The Silver Kiss
, authored by Annette Curtis Klause back in 1990.
ZoŽ is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful yet frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and ZoŽ's brooding thoughts of her dying mother. Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before. Does Simon dare ask ZoŽ to help free him from this lifeless chase and its insufferable loneliness?
The Silver Kiss contains examples of:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Leather-wearing, blood-sucking bad boys, right, ZoŽ?
- Author Appeal: Annette seems to have a thing for cats, poets (ZoŽ, Aiden from Blood And Chocolate) and painters (Anne, Vivian from Blood and Chocolate). And Vivian means "lively" and ZoŽ means "(eternal) life", in what might be a lampshade hanging.
- Bittersweet Ending
- Character Development: From apathetic and angsty teen to... well... a less apathetic teen who has learned to "let go", in ZoŽ's case, thanks to having Simon around to sympathize with over the fact that they have a very close relationship with death.
- Chekhov's Gun: ZoŽ, we know that crucifix with the big red ribbon is fugly, but it's a really nice thing to have around, and not only for your Halloween disguise.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Remember those guys Simon stole his leather jacket from? Yes, they do show up again, in the least appropriate moment.
- Creepy Child: Christopher.
- Femme Fatale: Lorraine, since she's not young enough to qualify as a Fille Fatale anymore. Either way, she flirts with Harry, ZoŽ's father.
- Flashback: Most of chapter 10.
- Follow the Leader: Inverted like hell with respect to Twilight, much to Annette's displeasure.
- Gray Eyes: ZoŽ and her mother.
- Ill Girl: ZoŽ's mother, Anne, of cancer.
- Indy Ploy: ZoŽ taking Christopher's teddy bear to lure him to the trap, because he stopped her too far from it.
- Kiss of the Vampire: The silver kiss.
- MacGuffin: Christopher's teddy bear has the dirt from his homeland that he needs to live.
- Meaningful Name: ZoŽ can be taken to mean life, which would bring her into contrast with Simon, and vampires in general. It can also be taken to mean eternal life, which brings her closer to them.
- Mystical White Hair: Simon and Christopher.
- Nightmare Dreams: Chapter 13 opens with one from ZoŽ.
- Not Using The V Word: Used once and never again. As with most Vampire Fiction, they use euphemisms most of the time.
- Older Than They Look: The vampires, obviously, but Christopher stands out because he's Simon's older brother.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Just like Twilight's, they sparkle... but only under the moonlight, because they become silvery with age. Otherwise, they appear to be common vampires that die with the sunlight and fear religious symbols and keep the hell away from running water. There's also the "dirt from home" issue...
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: ZoŽ.
- The Reveal: That baby in the old painting? Simon. And the older kid? Christopher!
- Romantic Vampire Boy: Simon of course
- Shape Shifter Swan Song: Christopher in the end, as he dies in a pit with stakes at the bottom.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's ZoŽ, not Zoe, not Zoey; ZoŽ!
- Stalker with a Crush: Simon. Thankfully, ZoŽ does call him out on it when she finds out.
- Switching P.O.V.: With the chapters named after the narrators, too!
- Title Drop: Chapter 10, when Simon bites ZoŽ.
- Too Dumb to Live: Humans in general. Yes, even ZoŽ.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Simon spoils the whole plan to kill Christopher with ZoŽ's aid. It doesn't work as planned in the end, duh!
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Vampires can transform into mist and into some animals too.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Simon is not very happy with his immortality. He gets to chastise ZoŽ on it, when she suggests he could turn her mother into a vampire so she gets to live on in spite of her cancer.
- Wicked Stepmother: How ZoŽ and Lorraine view the latter's stepmother, Diane. Arguably, they're not too far off...
- You Killed My Mother: Simon's motivation against Christopher, his older brother.