Sunshine by Robin McKinley
The story is set in an alternate universe, taking place after the "Voodoo Wars", a conflict between humans and the "Others". The Others mainly consist of vampires, werewolves, and demons, though the main conflict occurs between humans and vampires. As a result of this war, "bad spots", or places where black magic thrives, have appeared more frequently. Rae "Sunshine" Seddon, the pastry-making heroine of the novel, has the misfortune of being caught off-guard at her family's old lake side cabin and is abducted by a gang of vampires. She is confined to the ballroom of an abandoned mansion with Constantine, a vampire shackled there by vampires of a rival gang, led by Constantine’s enemy Bo. Bo’s intention is to allow Constantine to slowly die of hunger and exposure to sunlight. Rae is brought as bait for him, and the vampires cut her upper chest as temptation. However, Rae not only manages to defy the supposed power that any vampire has over a human, but also uses her all-but-forgotten magical powers of transmutation, taught to her by her grandmother, to effect an escape. Rae realizes that the magical lineage she has ignored allows her to draw power from the sunlight, ergo transferring her ability through touch to Constantine and allowing him to be under the light of day, so long as contact is maintained. Through this symbiotic relationship, the two of them make an escape. Despite her best efforts, all does not return to normalcy once Rae is back home. Her friends and family are shocked by her survival of an encounter with vampires, and over time she both starts to become more affected by the trauma and refuses to tell anyone the circumstances leading to her alliance with a vampire. As it becomes clear that the conflict with Bo and his gang is only beginning, Sunshine begins to embrace her magical ability, is coerced into working with the "Special Other Forces", wonders what kind of tentative partnership can exist between two individuals whose races are bitter enemies, and, finally, works with Constantine to overthrow Bo for good.
Emily Browning as Rae
A young woman who works as the baker at a coffee shop called Charlie's Coffeehouse. Born Raven Blaise, she also goes by the nickname Sunshine. Her father, whom her mother left when Sunshine was small, was part of a powerful magic-wielding family. She is described physically as having long brown hair and slim build.
Gaspard Ulliel as Constantine
His eyes (no: don't look in their eyes) were a kind of grey - green, like stagnant bog water, and his skin was the color of old mushrooms...His hair was black, but lanky and dull. He would have been tall if he stood up. His shoulders were broad...he wore no shirt, and his feet, like mine were bare ... He was thin, thin to emaciated, the cheekbones and ribs looked like they were about to split the skin...He'd be fine again once he'd had dinner."
My reasoning: I am, apparently, dying to see our pair do the vampire/human relationship. This book has been described as an adult version of Twilight and, minus the sparkling, I'd be rather inclined to agree.
WARNING: If you decide to read this book be aware that this ends in possibly the most awkward way ever with no plans in the future for a sequel. Will Con and Rae be partners in action or something more? I definitely see it as a mix of both :D
This is how I would imagine it looking:
"I wasn't a going for a drive sort of person usually, but I thought of the lake. I went out there occasionally...I hadn't been there after dark since I was a kid. I'd had many good times here..."
"I got out there and sat looking at the lake... I never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires."
"This had to be a ballroom; it was even bigger than the front hall had been. There was another muddle leaning up against the wall in front of us - a possible human-body shaped muddle, I thought, confused. Another prisoner? Another live dinner?...The muddle was sitting crossed legged, head bowed, forearms on knees. I didn't realize til it raised it's head with a liquid, inhuman motion that it was another vampire."
"He was looking at me. 'Speak,' he said at last. 'Remind me that you are a rational creature...tell me who you are. You need not tell me your home name. Names have power - even human names. Tell me where you live and what you do for a living."
"It's not the hunger that will break me. It is the daylight. The daylight is driving me mad. Some sunset soon I will no longer be myself. I...may kill you then. I may kill myself. I don't know. The history of vampires is a long one, but I do not know of anyone who has had...quite this experience."
I sat down. I heard myself saying, "Can I do anything?
"You're doing it. You are talking to me."
Something sharp sliced high across my breast, just below the collarbones, above the neckline of my dress...I was bleeding, bleeding, fresh warm red blood, all over a half-starved vampire....
You are my sunshine
My only sunshine...
I heard him singing it...
As I turned away from the window a square of white lying on the kitchen table caught my eye. It was my notepad, which usually lived beside the phone. On it was written: Good-bye my Sunshine. Constantine.
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