Reading Laurell K. Hamilton (The Pop Lit Book Club)
163 pages • 6⅛ x 9¼
Year Published: 2011
This exploration of author Laurell K. Hamilton's work examines the many novels of her series and shows how her writing has been a major influence on contemporary visions of the vampirean ideal reference text for book club leaders.
The vampirea mythic human creature that feeds off the life essence of normal peoplehas been a staple of English-language fiction for almost 200 years since the publication of John Polidori's The Vampyre in 1819. Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake vampire-based series, now consisting of 19 novels, has sold over six million copies.
Long before Twilight achieved epic levels of popularity, Laurell K. Hamilton was reshaping the image of the vampire with her own take on the vampire mythos in her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter fantasy novel series. While Hamilton's work draws on traditional vampire and fairy lore, her interpretation of these subjects brought new dimensions to the genres, influencing the direction of urban fantasy over the past two decades.
Reading Laurell K. Hamilton focuses upon Hamilton's two bestselling series, the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. The volume is intended as a resource for leaders of book clubs or discussion groups, containing chapters that examine Hamilton's role in the current vampire literature craze, the themes and characters in her work, and responses to Hamilton on the Internet. The book also provides a brief overview of Hamilton's life.
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