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Here Be Sexist Vampires
- Deep in Your Veins Series, Book 1
- By: Suzanne Wright
- Narrated by: Justine Eyre, P.J. Ochlan
- Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
Sam Parker is a vampire with a gift so strong and substantial that she is invited to partake in a test for a place in the Grand High Master Vampire's private army. She finds that not only has the army never included a woman, but it has never included a Svente vampire; a breed that is regarded by the super strong Pagori breed and the hypnotically beautiful Keja breed to be too tame and human-like.
I loved it.
- By Anonymous User on 06-08-18
The Irony Isn't Lost On Me
I was expecting to go into this book and read from an annoyingly feminist perspective. I enjoy reading books written by people who think differently to me. I was shocked to read this book that contains the most misogynistic female main character, which is supposed to play this feminist icon. Sam says things like "I have more balls than you," and "you're dating a twig who doesn't even make up for it with boobs." Sam only befriends guys, while alienating and dismissing any female. Befriending men and only men is not an issue, for I only really have male friends. The issue is the way she looks at other females and does not engage with them in civil conversation; she always insults (directly or indirectly)
Also, the author uses the protagonist's sexual abuse story as a way to gain pity and glorify the abusive relationship she is about to enter into. The author uses rape as a plot driver, which is fundamentally wrong on many levels. One of them being that it glamorizes rape. Girls will read this and subconsciously think to themselves that rape or sexual abuse is the only way to progress socially in life.
In addition, the love interest is extremely misogynistic. Not misogynistic by modern standards--this would make even a Shakespearian audience wince. At the beginning of the book, he thinks that Sam will not pass the trials because she's the only female in history and because she is one of the weaker races of vampires. Although the view is bigoted, it's understandable. Competitive sports are usually separated by gender because males tend to have higher scores due to their larger muscle mass. Also, being of a weaker race puts Sam in a double disadvantage. Throughout the trials, the love interest belittles Sam and treats her as well as the dirt beneath his feet. At the end of the competition, Sam clearly shows that she is more than capable of the position offering (the trials are a test and whoever wins gets a job offering). The love interest ignores this completely, admits that he would have given her the position were she male. I understand this book is supposed to show character development of the love interest, but people can only change so much. I doubt that by the end of these book series he would have improved much, judging by the writing style. Another thing I forgot to mention above is that the love interest also views women as his own toy. He views them purely as sexual objects, which he may have gotten away with, were it not for his insufferable misogynistic attitude.
I also despised the portrayal of gay people in this book. We're introduced to a gay guy a couple of chapters in and he is a walking, talking stereotype. It's one thing making a gay guy feminine, a whole other thing making him into a cookie-cutter character. He is immediately shown as promiscuous and 'flamboyant.' This may just piss me off because I'm bi and sick of LGBT people being presented as these sex-crazed toys straight people use. You can also see that as soon as Sam sees him, she wants him to be her GBF, although, to the author's credit, does not say in those precise words. The concept behind a GBF is a form of mild homophobia because it portrays gay people as these fun toys to play with when you're bored of your straight friends.
A small pet peeve of mine also popped up in this book: inaccurate portrayal of English people. This was actually funny because English culture was so stereotyped and exaggerated; it was comical. All my English folk will understand what I mean!
Overall, I'd like to say that I do not think the author is sexist or homophobic but the way her characters behave can give that impression. I did not finish the book, so if anything in the review is wrong, forgive me, I just couldn't stand it. Finally, I apologize if I came across as ultra-feminist (corrupted meaning) it's just that this book was so undeniably sexist; I couldn't contain myself.
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