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Author: Allison Van Diepen
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publish Date: June 2011
How many of us have fallen in love with a fictional character?
It's one of the downfalls—if you want to look at it that way—of reading. You spend so much time with these characters that you become completely invested in their lives. Is the hero going to defeat the villain and get the girl? Will the bad guy win in the end? Will—gasp—the main character even survive the final conflict?
Everyone wants, or at least almost everyone, wants a happy ending for the characters that have become a part of their lives after all that reading. Readers can't help but become attached. At least, if the writer does their job properly, that is.
And sometimes those characters become such a fixation in a reader's mind that you care about their fate maybe a little more than is necessarily sane.
But that's alright, we all do it.
Nothing proves that the whole lot of us readers are crazy more than Allison Van Diepen's book The Vampire Stalker.
The Vampire Stalker is about Amy, a normal teenage girl. Well, as normal as any book-loving teenage girl can be. And her book of choice: Otherworld by Elizabeth Howard.
It's the first book in a planned trilogy and Amy just can't wait to get her hands on the second book. (Sound familiar?) She has to know what will become of the dark, brooding vampire stalker Alexander Banks. In the books, Alexander Banks lives in Otherworld where he fights deadly vampire's for a living.
But after Amy has a chance to read the sequel in her beloved series, she's a little disappointed. Elizabeth Howard has ended the book with a cliffhanger. One that leaves Alexander Banks in danger. So she does what every one of us has done after we finish reading a book. She goes online to rant about it. And that's it. She now has to wait a long, miserable year before the next book is released. (Oh, how many times I have been there!)
But when she meets a boy who claims he is the Alexander Banks, the one from the Otherworld books, and he can prove it, her life is turned upside down.
The Vampire Stalker is such an interesting read because Amy has what all of us readers have wanted at one time or another, the chance to hang out with our favorite fictional character. But the Alexander Banks she fell in love with in the book and the actual boy in front of her suddenly seem like two very different people.
Sometimes in books... Okay, all of the time in books, boys seem so much better than the ones in real life. Which is because they are our perfect fantasies. And while the Alexander Banks in Amy's life is still pretty great, he's not quite what she had spent so much time fantasizing about. And that's the problem. No one will ever be that made up person in your head, but if you're willing to take a chance, sometimes the real thing can be better than the fantasy, as Amy finds out.
The Vampire Stalker is a book for book lovers. You'll become immersed in the story within pages, because it's like reading about you and your friends. Well, at least if you and you're friends are as book-crazed as me and mine are!