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Literature / The Reformed Vampire Support Group

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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. It focuses on a boy named Toby, with Reuben and some of the vampires in supporting roles.


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. He turned most of them and was kind of a prick, so nobody's actually sad that he's dead — only concerned that the slayer will go after the rest of them.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: 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.
  • Literal Metaphor: Part of the process of becoming a vampire involves puking one's guts up — that is to say, something really nasty (Nina spares us the details as to just what) happens to the lining of the stomach, and it has to come out.
  • The Shut-In: Nina comments that many vampires become this eventually, hiding inside their homes watching television. Nefley is a human example.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: In short, they have all of the disadvantages and none of the perks.

The sequel provides examples of:

  • Happily Adopted: The fact that Toby is adopted is only mentioned briefly, and he's a bit of a Momma's Boy.
  • Magical Seventh Son: Werewolves are all seventh sons, born into certain families that were originally from Spain and Portugal. Toby is a bit of an exception: he apparently has six biological older brothers, but was raised as an only child.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: All werewolves have this, being Magical Seventh Sons. Toby's friend Amin as well.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: At the end of the book, Reuben, Toby and Sergio start their own spin-off of the vampire's support group.

Alternative Title(s): Reformed Vampire Support Group


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