GaryView: The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike
Lissa: I hate cliffhanger endings.
Gary: I have the next one if you want it.
Lissa: God yes, please!
Gary: So you liked it?
Lissa: It was fun, and a nice change to the whole teen girl in love with a creepy older vampire guy thing.
Gary: Isn’t it still creepy when it’s a teenage boy in love with an older vampire woman?
Lissa: Yes it is. It’s just a reverse gender creepy. And there were some interesting elements to the vampire back story. The whole set-up about the origins of vampires in India, and the gods and demons and stuff.
Gary: That was kind of cool. I did wonder for a while if it might be… I don’t know. Accurate.
Lissa: You mean, where vampires really come from?
Gary: Yeah. I mean. Probably not. But some other stuff is really accurate.
Lissa: Like what?
Gary: Like… um…
Lissa: I’m pretty sure it’s not the suddenly awesome ninja skills, because you’ve always been very scornful of those on Buffy, and you don’t exactly crack a smooth samurai move yourself.
Gary: No, that’s still stupid.
Lissa: And I’m also figuring it’s not the “all vampires are multi billionaires” routine either, because I don’t know any fabulously wealthy vampires. I’m figuring the first time they lose it all in a financial crash, they have trouble developing the right skills to get back on the gravy train.
Gary: (sighs) Yeah. Best bet is to be financially conservative and hope you make a lucky investment before inflation eats your savings.
Lissa: So what’s so accurate?
Gary: The. Um.
Lissa: (frowning) Something’s really bothering you.
Gary: Yeah. Sorry. I shouldn’t have…
Lissa: It’s the stuff about turning, isn’t it?
Gary: Um. Yeah. Yes. That’s… fairly accurate. Mostly.
Lissa: Does it… really hurt that much?
Gary: Sort of. I mean. It hurts, and then it’s kind of… numb. You die. I died. I felt that. Felt it all going, and then you want to fight and it doesn’t feel like it’s going to… It’s… it’s very…
Lissa: … oh my god it sounds awful. Terrifying and awful.
Gary: Yeah. Um. I don’t think I want to talk about it after all.
Lissa: Why do you do this to yourself, Gary? Why do you read these books that remind you of all this stuff.
Gary: Because I’m still trying to understand it, and nobody’s written an actual manual. It’s all I’ve got.
Lissa: Is there anything I can do to help?
Gary: You do help. It’s okay.
Gary: Did you know that Christopher Pike is a character in Star Trek?
Lissa: (pauses a beat) You mean the guy in the new Star Trek film?
Gary: There was a Christopher Pike in the original series too. The original original series. In the first pilot, he was the captain of the Enterprise. Then he showed up again in an episode of the actual series. Called The Menagerie.
Lissa: You know a lot about Star Trek.
Gary: Yeah. It was pretty cool. Even after I was dead.
Lissa: Bet you like Scotty best.
Gary: Yeah. And Geordie in Next Gen.
Lissa: You just like the engineers.
Gary: Sure. But Spock’s pretty cool too.
(Gary goes off into long explanations of the Vulcan home world and cultural habits. Lissa lets him.)
*For newcomers, the GaryView is a review of books/films/TV/entertainment carried out as a conversation between Lissa Wilson (librarian) and Gary Hooper (vampire) , characters from my book ‘The Opposite of Life’.