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Twilight clones appear

HouseofNight.jpgNo I'm not talking about the fans of Twilight, I'm talking about the arrival of a new vampire franchise that looks set to kick off, one that is based on nine novels which are described as “young adult” novels and bear an almost uncanny resemblance to Harry Potter except that they're vampires.

House of Night is currently on the fourth novel in the nine novel series (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), and tells a story that may be somewhat familiar.

Vampyres – because spelt the old way is so yesterday – are now accepted in society as it has been discovered that they have a genetic difference that comes forward in puberty and makes them who they are. So society has agreed that when they are discovered they are marked and sent off to another school to cope with the change into a Vampyre and be taught how to be an adult Vampyre in a world of humans. Presumably that doesn't mean an all you can eat buffet.

The story follows a young girl Zoey Redbird who discovers that she is a real Vampyre (not just pretending) and she is sent to the House of Night. While there, trying to cope with making it through the change and being selected to become an adult Vampyre, she realises that she's been marked in a special way by the Vampyre Goddess Nyx, and with that comes special powers.

She's not the only special one that's special, in the school there's the leader of a group called the Dark Daughters, and she's misusing her powers.

That does sound rather similar in set-up, although I'm sure things change radically within the novels.

It's Twilight meets Harry Potter, and looks set now to become a film franchise according to Variety, and if Twilight does half as well as we expect then it'll be optioned all the way.

The producer Michael Birnbaum said of the film that:

“P.C. and Kristin Cast created a thrilling world that juxtaposes teen drama with supernatural suspense, using the transition from human to vampire as a metaphor for the transition from adolescence to adulthood.”

Which hooks in the audience well and sets them off on the nine novel franchise. I expect this will do as well as Twilight, but at least this one might have real teeth, and maybe Vampyres who follows some of the rules of the Vampires we know and enjoy seeing on screen.

Did The Lost Boys need school? Oh, now I get it. There's a message in there, even though you're going through all these changes and becoming a Vampyre, there's still time to go to school and get an education, in fact it's really exciting there and that's your destiny. Can't argue with that.



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