The Perfect Prey

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is the book I am working on now, which I began this summer and put on hiatus until college submissions are over. It began when I mixed two missions as a writer together: 1) To explore the mindset and culture of cult-like environment, and 2) to refute the romanticization of victimization that is spreading throughout our society to young women. The sickening messages of submission, the repeating themes of dark, sinning men tempted by passive, lovestruck women (and in more than the one book you might be thinking of), I could not stand them. So I took the new vampire "tradition" and found this character, this story. It takes place in 12th century Spain. These are the first 2 pages.

The book's synopsis: Since she was three, Sable was raised on the Inside of Haven, a sanctuary for a clan of vampires and humans. Her parents are the leaders, the immortal Acim and the beautiful human Maria. She is happy hidden Inside until a young vampire arrives, Adar the Runt. Adar lost his old life when he molted into a vampire, so he rebels against Haven's insouciant acceptance of vampirism. There, wives and servants willingly feed their cold protectors, and no one strays Outside. Finally he becomes one of them, and Sable's best friend, against the last desperate cries of his human mind.

As the pair matures together along with the other children of Haven, Sable starts to see the cracks in her idyllic home's high walls. Growing up an educated and strongminded woman, suddenly she is faced with a bleak future as life as a victim, a rich and respected but eternally captive victim. Suddenly she is questioning Haven's de facto mission statement, "Love is bleeding. The only real pain is fear."

She must face the the differences between the safe but increasingly claustrophobic Inside and the narrowminded but boundless Outside. Adar, trying to guide her towards freedom, has to simultaneously come to terms with himself without hurting anyone else. Together they look for freedom from all the imprinted expectations of Haven and the medieval world.

A criticism of the sexist and romanticized view of being a victim which young women have today, a first-person analysis of community, family, and independence, and a painful journey of one young woman trying to find power beyond that of a prey.

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The Perfect Prey

Submitted: December 23, 2011

This is the book I am working on now, which I began this summer and put on hiatus until college submissions are over. It began when I mixed two missions as a writer together: 1) To explore the mindset and culture of cult-like environment, and 2) to refute the romanticization of victimization that is spreading throughout our society to young women. The sickening messages of submission, the repeating themes of dark, sinning men tempted by passive, lovestruck women (and in more than the one book you might be thinking of), I could not stand them. So I took the new vampire Read Chapter


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