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a puerile piece of writing
on March 20, 2010
I have never been fond of vampires to begin with and I wasn't sure about buying "LOST SOULS" in the first place, but since I had a wonderful reading experience with " DRAWING BLOOD", I thought of trying Brite's first book which seemed to be very promising owing to the critics I've read on the internet. Well Let me tell you, the story was plain idiotic and downright childish. I remember reading somewhere in Brite's biography that she began writing at age 10 or so, I guess she must have penned "LOST SOULS" during her teenage days and probably purposed to target a specific young fan base that would relate to the depressed kids in this book, always portrayed as black-clad wrist-slitting social misfits, with dark eyeliner smudged around their eyes and piercings everywhere, they worship vampires and listen to heavy metal. That was just not my cup of tea. Some parts are erotic indeed, but also grotesque, it's vampires after all, so everything they do is just nasty. Molochai and Twig are one hell of an annoying pair, I was hoping they would die at the end, unfortunately they didn't, I hated their puerile way of acting, always giggling and making stupid jokes. Zillah was portrayed as a green-eyed beauty that everyone can't help but fall for. Shallow, irresponsible and cold-hearted, he has a dismal fate in the end. Nothing was quiet the lost soul the story revolves around, the kid just doesn't know where he belongs and Christian was a boring personage. What I loved the most about the book though, is this `bromance' ( as some may call it) going on between Steve and Ghost. Steve is definitely portrayed as a straight guy but the chemistry between him and Ghost feels very homoerotic in some parts. These two were my favourite characters out of the whole lot and therefore were about the only thing that kept me entertained throughout the whole book.
Be that as it may, I thought the way Rape and Incest are tackled in this story was quiet interesting, Brite doesn't condone it but doesn't make it look wrong either. I guess in a spirit of living in a vampire's world, anything goes because they're different creatures and they don't go by the same rules and morals as humans do and clearly that is the reason why the book is overloaded with perverted sexuality which the reader must have no negative judgement upon, otherwise the story will come off as provocative and vulgar for no reason.
All in all, if you're a teenager and you're questioning your sexuality and happen to like vampires all at the same time, then this is the ideal book for you. I for one, didn't like it for its juvenile vibe.