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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Vol. 1 (v. 1) Paperback – July 23, 2008
Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. Paperback | Kindle book | See more for Teen and Young Adult readers
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And like many a successful fantasy/horror novel before it, Laurell K. Hamilton's breakout story has been adapted into graphic novel form, with "Guilty Pleasures, Vol. 1" compiling the first six issues. The results... are mixed. It comes across as a goth teen's daydreams, wrapped in indifferent artwork that doesn't seem quite to match the storyline.
The story: Anita Blake is a vampire hunter and an animator, able to raise zombies from the dead. She also isn't too fond of vampires or weres, though St. Louis is swarming with them. So when a vampire comes to hire her, she turns him down. But at a bachelorette party, she soon finds herself hip-deep in vampire politics -- and a dangerous enemy who is trying to kill her.
Things only get more complicated when she ends up facing the Master of the City, the deceptively childlike Nikolaos, and a dungeon full of wererats. To find who is offing vampires in St. Louis, she'll need to relax her "no vamps" rule -- and join forces with the mysterious, seductive Jean-Claude.
The graphic novel is pretty faithful to the original novel, sticking closely to the storyline of the original novel -- lots of lines like "You don't have to be undead to be evil, but it helps." Stacie M. Ritchie and then Jess Ruffner provide some pretty good adaptation of the first-person dialogue, which is never easy.
But... a big but...
A graphic novel is more than its words -- it's art too. Brett Booth has done some great artwork in the past, but he doesn't seem to have his heart in this one. It's decent artwork, admittedly -- bright colours, detail, well-drawn in general.Read more ›
In Anita Blake's freaky world, humans, vampires, and were-creatures live together freely. This fascinating arrangement is ripe for power struggles, chronic tension, and violence. And the hero, Anita, is in a very special position. The vamps, were-creatures, and humans all need her help! As a zombie raiser, vampire executioner, and federal marshal, she is uniquely qualified to solve murder mysteries by working with the cops who the freaks don't trust and working with the freaks who the cops don't trust. Anita also questions who she can trust.
The storyline: Anita is forced to assist the vampires in discovering who has been killing the master vampires of St. Louis. She doesn't trust them, but if she doesn't help, they will kill or permanently take over the mind of her friend, Catherine. Anita doesn't allow her friends to be hurt, and she can be especially unforgiving if they get hurt because of her. After a reluctant visit to Guilty Pleasures, a vampire strip club owned by master vampire and potential love interest, Jean-Claude, the most powerful and evil master vampire, Nikolaos, shows Anita that she means business. Anita's fact finding mission takes us deeper into her world, which series fans affectionately call, "The Anitaverse."
From the very first lines of the book, Anita's humor is wry and refreshing. Even when her life is threatened, she is consistent. Her strength of will is also impressive against the vampires.Read more ›
This isn't a bad effort at all. Trust me - it ain't perfect, but comics and graphic novels tend to have the same flaws, and the flaws that this has are the same that the others have.
My problems: Anita's hair. Good GRIEF!! Does this artist not know how to draw curls? I had until recently, a mane of thick curly black hair, and NEVER have my curls threatened to invade my personal space the way the curls here do. Aldo, Anita's part changes depending on what side her head is turned.
There isn't a lot of consistency. Anita alternates between chalk-white (which is NOT correct for a woman who is half Mexican) and regular Caucasian. Jean-Claude does as well, but I can be more forgiving, and he is a vampire. Plus, it was very nice to see him - he's my favorite character in the series, along with Edward.
Most of the men look like each other, but with different clothes, eye colors, and hair color. Aubrey looks almost exactly like Phillip, whi in turn looks remarkably like the drawing of Richard I saw on some website. And of course, they all look like J-C. It's funny, because the women each look a little different from each other. Catherine, Anita, Monica, and Ronnie all have slightly varying features. Interesting, that. The thighs on these women are ridiculous, but that goes hand-in-hand with practically any action-based comic I have ever read.
While I am not a big fan of the clothes described in the novels (thigh-high boots on men? nononononono), it was hysterical to actually SEE Anita in that ridiculous T-shirt/shorts combo. Sheesh.
Overall, I like it. It reminds me of the good work that LKH is capable of. It's a great story, and seeing it put to images is wonderful. I do not regret making the trip to the bookstore to get it.
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(This review is both for Volume 1 and Volume 2)
I read Guilty Pleasures many years ago and absolutely loved it. Read more
Great comic. The colours and art are very much to my liking, and I love the books so storyline is also great! A+Published on November 24, 2013 by B. M. Carrig-groves
if you know anita blake you already know its good, shows illustrations from alot of diff artists and full page images of anita and supporting characters, if you buy direct from... Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by valene
I really hate the animation style. It just looks grungy and gross. I think the artist went to far with the muscles on the men, and Anita's style of clothes is always way too tight... Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by J. Varriano
Love her books, this was like a comic book so it read a bit different, but was still good. I am getting all of her books.Published on October 19, 2012 by bear
Guilty Pleasures is Book 1 of the prolonged ongoing saga that is the Anita Blake series. Enter Anita, a necromancer by night and a vampire hunter...by night. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by VampireNovelFan
I sent this to a friend, she liked it okay. When puchasing it, I didnt realize it was a graphic novel rather than the book. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by Jeannie
Don't order this if you don't like comic books. Nowhere in the description does it say this is an animated book. I returned it. Read morePublished on June 1, 2011 by I-heart-books