The Saga of Darren Shan

Written By: Marie

The Saga of Darren Shan is a 12 part book series written by Darren Shan (not the same Darren as in the books) with a genre of horror, fantasy and thriller. The series is about Darren Shan an average human boy who is pressured into becoming a Hal-vampire and the assistant of the vampire, Larten Crepsley. The story follows Darren as he learns about his new life, the new rules of the mysterious world he now calls home and struggles through many challenges.

The four main species in this saga other than humans are the Vampires, the Half-vampires, the Vampaneze and the Little People. Vampires are unable to walk in daylight so only come out at night and are some of the most feared creatures in history due to the fact they earned a bad reputation when they killed to feed (they no longer kill humans). Half-vampires are very similar to vampires as they also need to drink blood to survive but don’t need it as often and they also age slower than vampires but faster than vampires. They can go out in the sunlight, just not for long periods of time and are not as strong or as fast as vampires. The Vampaneze are the cousins and enemies of vampire, who they are similar to except they are savage and still kill when they feed which has caused their skin to turn purple and their hair, nails and eyes to turn red. The Little People were created by Mr Tiny, the villain of the series, and are grey skinned and green eyed servants, who are the corpses of the dead who have been taken apart and stitched back together again so that they are unrecognizable. They also can’t speak apart from one called Harkat Mulds, who becomes one of Darren’s companions and friend.

The first three books were adapted into a movie in 2009 and that was directed by Paul Weitz. The film had an all-star cast of John C. Reilly as Larten Crepsley, Chris Massoglia as Darren Shan, Josh Hutcherson as Steve Leonard and Michael Cerveris as Mr Tiny. In my opinion the books are better so are definitely worth reading but if you watch the movie without reading the books or not minding about the changes then it is worth watching.