Friday, June 10, 2011

Talking Characters with Allison van Diepan

Please give a warm welcome to the fabulous Allison Van Diepan! On a blog tour to promote her newest book, The Vampire Stalker, Allison is here to share with us a bit of background to the book. I love this post. As fellow readers, I'm sure you all wished one of your favorite characters really existed at some point. Allison van Diepan understands that, but I'll let her explain.

Could the characters we love be real?

In The Vampire Stalker, Amy discovers that her favorite book character, the dashing Alexander Banks, is actually a real person. In fact, all of the people and events in her favorite series of novels are REAL.

How is this possible? It comes down to something called literary physics. Here’s an excerpt in which Ms. Parker, Amy’s school librarian, explains it to her.

“String theory tells us that several dimensions coexist simultaneously. And I asked myself if it were possible for someone in our dimension to tap into what’s going on in another one. Then I realized that it may, in fact, already be happening — in our literature.”

I was trying hard to follow her. “Wait a second. You’re saying that books are showing us what’s going on in different dimensions? They’re not really fiction?”

“Not all books. Very few, most likely. But haven’t you read books that are labeled fiction, but have characters so real that you wondered if they might exist?”

“That’s how Otherworld made me feel. That’s how it made everyone feel.”


Several people have asked me how I came up with the idea for literary physics. I bet the idea has crossed the mind of all avid readers, if only for a second. Is it possible these characters I love so much could actually exist?

My question to you is: If you had to pick a book that has characters so real they could actually exist, which book would you choose?

I'd honestly say that if I could choose one character to be real, it'd be Peeta from the Hunger Games. I'm kind of in love with him.

A huge thank you to Allison van Diepan for stopping by!

Here is some more information on The Vampire Stalker. I highly recommend you pick up a copy! My review goes up in a few days, but until then I hope this post keeps you interested.

What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world--and came into yours?

Amy is in love with someone who doesn't exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction.

See more at Goodreads


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