Monday, 30 August 2010
Monster Monday: Review: Diary of a Wimpy Vampire by Tim Collins
Like Edward Cullen in "Twilight", Nigel Mullet was transformed into a vampire when he was still a teenager, and will remain this age forever. Unfortunately, Nigel became a vampire at the awkward age of fifteen, and must spend eternity coping with acne, a breaking voice, and an ineptitude with girls . . . In this, his excruciatingly funny diary, Nigel chronicles his increasingly desperate attempts to be noticed by the love of his life, Chloe Sparrow, the constant mortification caused by his vampire parents (not to mention the worry that they might accidentally eat one of his friends), and the frustration one feels when you ve got the whole of boring eternity stretching out in front of you. Fantastically witty and hugely entertaining, it will appeal to any fan of "Twilight" or "Adrian Mole", teenage or otherwise . . .
The book follows the story of a 15 year old who happens to also be a vampire. It shows how when a new girl joins the school, he falls in love with her and tries to make her his girlfriend.
My favourite character is Nigel because he is so funny.
There wasn't actually a character I didnt like, they all had a role to play within the book and fit there roles nicely.
My favourite part of the book is near the end when something happens to Nigel (Mum told me I wasn't allowed to say as it would spoil the story for others).
Obviously set out in diary format in 1st person narrative. Delightfully visual with incorporated ink splashes and doodles really adding to the realism of the diary.
Hysterically funny with lots of *snort* moments for me. The humour is multi-leveled so will appeal to a wide age range. Obviously the tweenager did not pick up on the double entendre that the image of Nigel's fangs extending when he is aroused portrays. Or the fact that a picture of a real human heart is the equivalent of vampire porn to a hormonal 15 year old vampire.
Nigel is a completely different version of the teen vampires we know and love. He is riddled with insecurity, the normal teen angst bordering on whiny, classification Emo. Not at all charismatic as you would expect a vampire to be, something that Nigel moans about at length, lol. His middle aged mannerisms mixed in with the teen angst give a hysterical contradiction of personality within one person. His immortal age battling with his 15 year old self.
Mystery and a few twists are thrown into the mix, adding to a really fun plot. There was even a twist I didnt see coming (or I wouldn't have if asacheekymonkey hadn't completely spilled the beans). I had asked her one question about the plot and she proceeded to tell me the entire story *sigh* at least it showed her level of comprehension.
In conclusion, a really fun book that will appeal to a wide age range. I am really hoping for a sequel to carry on my fascination with Nigel.