In this new monograph, author Debra Dudek defines a new era of vampire texts in which vampires have moved from their iconic dark, feared, often seductive figure lingering in alleys, to the beloved and morally sensitive vampire winning the affections of teen protagonists throughout pop culture. Dudek takes a close look at three hugely-popular vampire series for young adults, drawing parallels between the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Twilight Saga novels/films, and The Vampire Diaries TV series/book series. By defining a new era of vampire texts and situating these three series within this transition, The Beloved Does Not Bite signals their significance and lays the groundwork for future scholarship on the flourishing genre of paranormal romances for young adults.

chapter |30 pages


The Beloved Cycle: A New Vampire Sub-genre

chapter 1|14 pages

From Killing to Kissing

Tracing the Syntactic Redetermination

chapter 2|34 pages

“Doesn’t He Own a Shirt?”

Beauty and Justice

chapter 3|34 pages

“I Could See Your Heart”

Looking Leads to Kissing

chapter 4|34 pages

“You Have a Heart?”

Loving, Leaving, and Letting Go

chapter 5|22 pages

“I Know I Don’t Deserve Your Forgiveness, But I Need It”

Vengeance, Compassion, and Forgiveness

chapter 6|30 pages

“But How Do I Stop a Monster without Becoming One?”

War and Killing

chapter |9 pages


“If We Cease to Believe in Love, Why Would We Want to Live?”: Fallen Angels, Emotional Zombies, and other Rebel Lovers