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"Planet of origin... Vampiru?"

Vampiru (now renamed Cross) is a Web Serial Novel on WattPad, written by ShaylaRah, found here. It is a mixture of the vampire and science fiction genres. As of December 2013, it is completed and edited, and a sequel called 10:30, The Day Before Yesterday is in progress.

There's a new teacher at Dani Tamari's school - Professor David Cross. What no one knows is that David is really an alien vampire, who's hiding on Earth after killing his father. Meanwhile, a whole load of alien vampires, led by Lady Terror De Mon, are recruiting humans to their cause and murdering Earth's leaders.

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Both books provide examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: Terror, Nightmare, Grievous, Attykcca, Vlad, Carmilla, Ruthven, Orlok, Abihira, Legina, Angerona, Anahita, Sébastien, Moon, Phantom, Gadget, Sirius and... Dani, Edward, David, Lacey, Jackson, Janice, Niall, Celeste, Gareth, Steven, Jack, Biff, Richard, Autumn and Christian.
  • Author Appeal: Works by Charles Dickens, Watership Down, Dracula and Lost in Space are all mentioned.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes: David spends half his time pointing out all the "odd" (to him) things about humanity. Other non-humans also do this, to varying degrees of cynicism.
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  • Lemony Narrator: Phantom has quite a dry sense of humour. He/she/it even stops narrating at times to snark at the reader!
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Not a cast of thousands, or even a hundred, but there are a lot of major characters and named background characters.

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Cross provides examples of:

  • Above Good and Evil: Phantom sees itself as this.
  • Abusive Parents: David's father.
  • Action Girl / Damsel out of Distress: Dani. When Grievous tries to rape her, she picks up a copy of Little Dorrit and hits him over the head with it. Repeatedly.
    • And again, when she's attacked by a werewolf.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Abihira.
  • Ambiguously Evil: David. Murdering your father, running from the police, killing a random drunk, manipulating a twelve-year-old girl... Enough said.
    • Vlad and Abihira also qualify.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The way Nightmare tortured a werewolf bears a strong resemblance to some of the methods used by the Gestapo.
  • Animalistic Abomination: The werewolf.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Autumn, the only explicitly Asian character, is a nurse. Gadget, the computer expert, hasn't been described but is probably Northern Irish like most of the characters.
  • Asshole Victim: David's father.
  • Attempted Rape: Grievous tries this on Dani.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Abihira Rah, Lucius Sinistrah Jr.
  • Big Bad: Terror.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • Celeste's line: Mangez merde, vous chienne. It means "Eat s***, you bitch".
    • After Nightmare kills a man, the crowd start yelling "Killer", "Madwoman", and "Someone call the police!" in Romanian.
  • Blackmail: Terror is doing this to some government official on another planet.
  • Breaking and Bloodsucking:
    • Dani struggles to sleep after watching Dracula late one night. When she closes her eyes she pictures herself standing in the bedroom watching Dracula lean over Mina. Any action she takes suddenly places her in the bed with Professor Cross drinking her blood.
    • In a variant, Cross rescues Dani one night, hypnotizes her to sleep, and takes her home. He places Dani back in her bed, lost in thought from his problems, and several minutes pass before he realizes he's feeding from her wrist.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Between David's parents.
  • Bus Crash: Dani's parents.
  • Cannot Cross Running Water: Implied by this line:
    Narrator: ... [N]ot far away, running water could be heard. That was a most unwelcome sound. [David] didn't know if water on Earth was poisonous, but fear of the deadly water on their own planet was too deeply ingrained in every Vampiruan for them to see it as anything but an enemy.
  • Character Title: "Cross" is the surname David chose for his alias.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Nightmare's ability to raise the temperature of objects.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Dani, David, Nightmare, Grievous, and Abihira all end up in Rome.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Dani first meets David when she crashes into him.
  • Creepy Ravens: David takes the shape of a raven in chapter 29, freaking out the InGEN team. Nevermore, his pet who is really Terror in disguise, is also a raven.
  • Damsel in Distress: Dani and Celeste.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Nightmare, from a vampire's point of view.
  • Death Glare: All over the place.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: In the references to Dracula's past, he was in love with Mina. Obviously, he didn't get her.
  • Disposable Sex Worker and Disposable Vagrant: Mentioned.
    David: [thinking] The only humans likely to be up at this time were drunks or whores. Neither would be missed, and killing one would be doing humanity a favour. There were only two problems: humans tended to notice the deaths of even the lowest of the low, and he had no wish to drink blood poisoned with alcohol or disease.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Nightmare wonders why Sébastien was so upset... after she had just tortured and murdered a werewolf. While licking blood off her hands.
  • Dracula: Vlad Dracula and his cousin, Nicolae (AKA Sébastien).
  • Easily Forgiven: David, to some degree. Yes, he killed his father, but Jackson and Lacey (and, apparently, the author) think he was quite justified in his actions. He is forced to stay on Earth to help clear up the mess he's partly responsible for, though.
  • Evil Counterpart: Abihira for David.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin / In Which a Trope Is Described: "When In Rome... Literally!" and "In Which The Catacombs Are A Nightmare".
  • Flash Step: David crosses a room thirty metres wide in five seconds.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In chapter 4, Dani stays up late watching Dracula (1931), and has nightmares about it that turn into images of herself and David.
    • While Dani is being held prisoner in Sébastien's mansion, she hears someone mentioning locations in Rome. Guess where the latest chapters are taking place?
  • Freudian Excuse: David was abused by his father.
  • Funetik Aksent: O'Hara and Orlok.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Inter-Galactic Emergency Network.

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