Imagine your favorite fictional hero has left their fictional world and walked straight into yours?
Teenager Amy has a major book crush on a fictional guy; Alexander Banks, the gorgeous vampire hunter in the wildly popular Otherworld trilogy. Her love is so deep that she even writes fan-fiction about Alexander. Even her screen name, “MrsAlexanderBanks8021″ is an homage to her obsession! Amy pretty much spends much of her time wishing and dreaming that Alexander Banks was a real person. (le sigh)
Then late one night, as Amy is walking home alone she is saved from a violent attack by a boy who looks strangely like Alexander Banks. Amy soon realizes that he is in fact the real Alexander Banks; her love from the books and he needs her help! The evil and unstoppable vampire Vigo has mysteriously entered Amy’s world and Alexander is determined to stop him from destroying Chicago like he has done to Otherworld. Together, Amy and Alexander must track Vigo and figure out how and why Alexander crossed over into her world and time. After chemistry seems to spark between her and Alexander, Amy questions whether or not she even wants him to return to the world of fiction.
I first noticed The Vampire Stalker in our school’s fall book fair, when all of my girls wanted it; it was the best seller of the week. Once I took the time to read the summary on the back cover, I was hooked immediately while visions of my favorite fictional crush (Mr. Darcy- how ardently I admire and love you!) danced through my mind; I could totally relate to Amy and the premise behind the novel. What female reader wouldn’t be drawn in by this? Amy is a teen version of myself and I couldn’t help but love her for it.
So, I totally enjoyed the story and thought it was really fun and creative. There were some flaws, however. I wasn’t crazy impressed with the character development. I felt like there were pieces missing. As much as I like Amy I felt like her anger towards her father and her frustration with her little sister ran a little flat. I would have liked Van Diepen to flesh Amy out a bit more. Additionally, things just seemed to move to fast and I wasn’t scared of Vigo like Amy and Alexander suggested I should be; I wasn’t worried about the safety of the characters while Vigo was on the loose. I guess the length of the book didn’t allow for more of what I was hoping for.
Plus, literary physics? Is this a real theory? If not, totally creative and unique. Even if it is a preexisting theory, it’s a great idea. I’ve decided I want it to happen to me. Now.
Despite the flaws mentioned above, I am incredibly intrigued by Otherworld, the fictional world Alexander Banks hails from. I really hope that Van Diepen will write a sequel or companion novel to share more of Otherworld with us. All in all, The Vampire Stalker was a fun and entertaining read for middle grades readers and up, although it’ll probably appeal most to younger teens (and anyone who has been crushing on fictional guys for years).
PS…sorry for the strange formatting issues. WordPress has a mind of its own tonight I see.