Fangs God It’s Friday: Anita Blake

One of my favorite vampire-related series focused on the necromancer Anita Blake. The first book in the series, Guilty Pleasures, hooked me with Laurell K. Hamilton’s concept of a world where vampires were not only part of the every day night world, but the United States Supreme Court had even recognized their Constitutional right to exist.

Anita Blake from the comic adaptation of the series. Pencils by Brett Booth with colors by Imaginary Friends Studios.

The image of Anita I chose comes from the comic book adaptation of Guilty Pleasures released by Marvel Comics. Brett Booth did the artwork, and I think he did a nice job capturing the personality of Anita, even if he does give her that only-possible-in-comic books waistline (you can click on the image above for a look at the full picture). This particular image was an alternate cover for the second issue.

As much as I loved the Anita Blake books, I finally stopped collecting after about the sixth novel, because she became less of a vampire hunter and more of a vampire humper. Although, if you want to nitpick, she was never portrayed as an actual vampire hunter in the books. She was a necromancer, and only the covers really proclaimed her as a vampire hunter. For fans of vampire-related fiction, the concept worked great and made for many fun reads. I believe a lot of what we see in modern urban fantasy with its predominantly female protagonists and never-ending supply of hot male monsters for romantic interests was born from Hamilton’s creation and its success.

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About Bill Blume

Bill Blume discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. His latest book Gidion's Blood is being released on August 11th by Diversion Books. His short stories have been in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his first novel, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County Police and has done so for more than a decade. He also served as the 2013 chair for James River Writers in Richmond, which produces one of the nation’s best annual conferences for educating and connecting writers.
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4 Responses to Fangs God It’s Friday: Anita Blake

  1. Margarita Gakis says:

    I totally agree! I started reading the books and really enjoyed them until they became less about vampire politics and supernatural shenanigans and more about how many men desired Anita and how much sex she could have. I remember actually mentally shouting at the book once “HOW ARE YOU PAYING THE BILLS?? YOU’RE A NECROMANCER AND YOU DON’T NECROMANCE!”

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    • Bill Blume says:

      Margarita, I completely agree! It’s amazing to me how a lot of fiction just skirts past the money issues. That was one of the things that made Spider-Man a more interesting super-hero in comics. He was always struggling financially, at least up until he got married about his wife became a super-model, but in a way, that was kind of neat, too. But I seriously digress, I understand why Hamilton went the route she chose, the sex sells, and she’s not writing just for fun. She’s writing for profit.

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  2. I remember talking about Laurell K. Hamilton with you and Sheri at one of the first conferences and wishing I had cool friends like you guys. (This was before the series became 50 Shades of Blood.) I’ll forgive Laurell many things since she kind of sort of started our friendship.

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    • Bill Blume says:

      Wow! I actually remember having that conversation (which is rare with the way my memory works), and that was fun for me and Sheri, too. It was a relief to find a fellow fantasy lover at the conference, and it’s crazy where that first contact has taken us all these years later. Just wild (and cool!)!

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