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Fang Girl is a young adult novel by Helen Keeble. It was published in 2012. The book tells the story of Jane Greene, a teenager (formerly) living in England with an obsession with vampires who wakes up in a coffin after being sired by Lily. Jane returns to her family and is embroiled in a civil war between her sire, the ancient vampire Hakon and an obsessive vampire slayer.


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  • Fangirl: Jane and Sarah for vampires.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Jane (Xanthe), Zack (James) and Van.
  • Handy Feet: Jane has to dial a phone with her toes when her hands are chained up in the back of Van's car.
  • Mad Scientist: Jane's mother has tendencies of this after Jane is turned, offering Jane live animals from the pet store, reading every book she can find and injecting Jane's blood into a goldfish.
  • Our Vampires Are Different
    • Super OCD: A common weakness that is used throughout (Van constantly throws paperclips at Jane and other vampires as a distraction) and used in the climactic showdown with Hakon's forces.
    • Vampires are created by giving them blood.
    • Siring animals, such as Brains (a goldfish) and Ebon's sire is seen by vampire culture as unnatural.
    • Dhampyr: Van. And Bram Stoker
  • Really 700 Years Old: Hakon, the Big Bad, is a centuries-old vampire, but is physically a 7-8 year-old boy.
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  • Theme Naming: The Helsing family, in tribute to Bram Stoker are all named after characters in Dracula. Van, Quincey and Lucy.
  • Villains Out Shopping: An odd variation. Hakon's lair is an Ikea, where disgruntled late night customers are kidnapped for feeding purposes.
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