Friday, November 5, 2010

Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar

Publisher: First Second (May 2006)
Paperback: 192 pages
Genre: graphic novel
Rating:  3 out of 5

From the front cover:
Meet Ferdinand, a vampire who bites his victims with only one tooth in order to pass as a mosquito, who loves the music of dead folk singers, and who has no end of trouble trying to make sense of his relationships--some with the living, some not.
 Vampire Loves follows the strangely romantic adventures of Ferdinand and his friends as they flirt with, seduce, cheat on, break up, and make up with all manner of unearthly creatures including ghosts, other vampires, tree-folk, and the occasional golem.

My thoughts:
Considering how long Ferdinand has been alive, one would think that he'd be a much better boyfriend, but he is just as clueless and naive as a young teenager. This first volume starts off with his cheating tree-folk girlfriend asking for his forgiveness for her cheating, and when he freaks out, she leaves again. Ferdinand learns nothing from this exchange. At the end when he seems to have the same argument with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Lani, it's just proof that this is really about the misadventures of Ferdinand, but it's not about the maturation of Ferdinand. 

What makes this GN somewhat charming is Ferdinand's a lusty vampire with no skills. He truly doesn't know what to do with women and he seems to only like women who won't like him back. Still, he's a gentle sort, trying to be moral in an immoral world. The main frustration, again, is that the reader does not see any change from the Ferdinand in the beginning to the Ferdinand at the end.

Source: Liliha Public Library, Hawaii

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