House of Night is a series of young adult vampire-themed fantasy novels by American author P. Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast. It follows the adventures of Zoey Redbird, a sixteen-year-old girl who has just become a "fledgling vampyre" and is required to attend the House of Night boarding school in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Books in the series have been on the New York Times Best Seller list for 63 weeks  and have sold over seven million copies in North America,  and more than ten million books worldwide, in 39 countries.
Instead of vampire , the authors use the variant spelling vampyre throughout the book series. This convention is also applied to the words vampyric and vampyrism. In the fictional world of House of Night , a small percentage of the world's teenagers are changed into vampires when adolescent hormones trigger a strand of what is otherwise junk DNA.
About one in ten fledglings die anyway, since their bodies cannot tolerate the Change. For those who survive, there's a big reward: in the words of one of the authors, "Vampires are like Superman.
Only vampyres and fledglings that have blue tattoos are not destroyed by sunlight, as in many vampire novels, but it is painful to them, so classes at the House of Night are held at night. Zoey is the only fledgling to receive a filled-in mark and tattoos. As she defeats evil, her tattoos extend over her shoulders, down to her lower back, around her waist, down her arms and palms, and across her chest.
Older fledglings and adult vampires need to drink small quantities of human blood, but House of Night vampires do not attack humans to get it, instead getting it from blood banks. The taking of blood is pleasurable for both human and vampire, comparable to and better than sex and a drug rush, and may lead to a strong emotional bond, called "Imprinting" between the two.
When an imprint is broken, either through death, Imprinting of another, or mystical means, it causes major anguish between the vampire and human, like with Zoey and Heath. Zoey and her friends also face the usual teenage issues.
Zoey keeps some secrets from her friends and gets in trouble with them, forcing her to consider the nature of friendship. Kristin Cast said that these moral dilemmas were included because "those are issues teenagers deal with We're not afraid to discuss things that are actually happening. Outside in the human world, the "People of Faith" is a fictional Protestant religion that is highly intolerant of anything else but their own beliefs.
In an interview, P. Cast said that she modeled the People of Faith on the worst fanatics of all religions, not just Protestantism.
The religious ambiance gives House of Night a strong moral perspective  as it is often enforced that Nyx gives vampyres and humans free will. Also, the black and white bull are presented. As noted above, a black bull, known as Light, and a white bull, Darkness, are introduced in Burned.
The bulls were not accepted into vampyre society because this was too masculine, and vampyre society is heavily matriarchal.
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The bulls often take a price, or a debt, from those who ask them for favors. When Stevie Rae accidentally calls the white bull forth, he answers her question, giving Stark passage to the Otherworld.
In return, he drinks from her. When Stevie Rae calls the black bull forth to get rid of the white bull, the black bull makes her swear an oath that she will have a connection to Rephaim. It is noted by Aphrodite that if the white bull kills the black bull, the world will fall.
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The white bull has intervened many times in the series, always helping Neferet in her plans. He becomes her Consort, but his true plan is to destroy, and consume, the black bull. He will use anyone to do that, and destroy anyone as well. The series is set in Tulsa , in a small and reclusive part of Midtown. The House of Night campus is in the real life campus of Cascia Hall , and the climactic scene of the first book in the series takes place in the extensive gardens of the Philbrook Museum.
Zoey sometimes sneaks off-campus to the elegant shops of nearby Utica Square , and several important confrontations take place in Utica Square's Starbucks coffee shop. Some of the novels' most dramatic scenes take place in a catacomb-like network of tunnels under downtown Tulsa built by bootleggers during Prohibition ; though a few such tunnels do indeed exist,  and can be visited,  they are far less extensive than the tunnels described by Cast.
The abandoned Art Deco train depot where the tunnels begin, however, is real  and is slated to become a concert hall.
Though Aphrodite's father, Mr. LaFont, the very rich and old mayor of Tulsa, has a name similar to the former, very rich, mayor of Tulsa Bill LaFortune , his character is very different, and the author has stressed that her fictional mayor is indeed fictional. Joseph Monastery.
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The church at which the Vampyre High Council meets was built in According to Scottish tradition, Sgiach usually spelled Sgathach was a princess many centuries ago who ran the best warrior training school in Scotland. Seoras Wallace, the doughty Scottish historian who provided P.
Cast with a background on Scottish mythology , became her boyfriend, and the Burned character of Sgiach's consort is modelled on him. The following lists a number of the characters in House of Night. In November , it was announced that the film rights to House of Night had been acquired by producer Samuel Hadida 's production company, Davis Films, and will be distributed by Lionsgate.
Cast also said through her live stream chat that she confirmed for five movies. Currently, an outline of the screenplay has been written. The authors, Kristin and P. Cast, have been unable to get in contact with the producer therefore there are no known future plans for the movies as of now. In October , it was announced that Don Carmody and David Cormican , producers of Shadowhunters , would adapt the books for television.
Cast announced on her website that a graphic book adaptation of the House of Night series, titled House of Night: Legacy , would be published in monthly issues by Dark Horse Comics starting the November 9, The comic book spanned five issues, each relating to a different element. The action takes place between Marked and Betrayed concerning Zoey's struggle to become a good leader for the Dark Daughters.
To help her learn, Nyx places five tests in her way, each dealing with a story from The Fledgling Handbook The series has received generally good reviews, reaching 5th in the New York Times Children's Bestsellers list. The sixth novel in the series, Tempted , went on sale in October, with a first printing of a million copies,  entered the USA Today bestseller list that week at 1.
In Henderson Junior High School in Stephenville, Texas , banned the entire series from its libraries, including the books that had yet to be written for "sexual content and nudity". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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