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Vampire Abstinance in The Radleys

In the Canberra Times there's a review of British Author Matt Haig's The Radleys, which deals with abstinance and, as the author points out in the interview, deeper themes.
The Radleys are a seemingly normal family, who just happen to be struggling with their vampirism.

"I thought it would be interesting to have these vampires who didn't want to be vampires, and who tried very hard to live a normal human lifestyle, doing middle-class things like going to the theatre and attending book groups, and what the consequences would be," Haig explained. "I wanted most of all to explore this central idea: how much should we deny ourselves in order to do the right thing?"

Ofers the story, "The right thing unravels when Clara [the Radleys daughter] is sexually attacked by a boy from her local school and she unleashes a Carrie-like force. The family now have to confront not only their inner secrets but the consequences of Clara's action.... Readers' sympathies remain with the Radleys who ultimately realise that a 'true blood' resolution will only come at a price. Haig's early establishment of his characters in the normality of everyday life provides a solid base for a clever, darkly satirical take within the current vampire fiction boom."
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EdGross
8/14/2010

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