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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Graphic Novels #1-2 issues #1-12)

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Fusing mythology, werewolves, and vampires with a story loaded with mystery, action, and romance, the Anita Blake novels take place in a world where vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of nightmare have been declared legal citizens of the United States.
Hardcover, Graphic Novel, 320 pages
Published October 28th 2009 by Marvel (first published 2007)
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I've read all of the Anita Blake series (I have Hit List on my shelf but I've not gotten to it). And I've been mourning the early Anita and wanted to do a re-read of the early books. I love the artwork in the graphic novels so I decided to mix the two; artwork and the early Anita by reading Guilty Pleasures graphic novel.

The graphic novel follows the story line in the book version of Guilty Pleasures but the amazing artwork makes it even better this time around. The vampires are much scarier in
Excellent adaption of the novel and very true to the story. Having just read the novel I didn't feel like the graphic novel missed any significant plot details and that's rare for any kind of adaptation. As a result, I'm thinking o skipping the two next novels in favor of the graphic novels just for the sake of variety.

The artwork: The characters weren't exactly as I had envisioned them in my head. For instance, the pasty paleness of the vampires was a little off-putting, and the scars were too
Apr 08, 2012 Adriane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
So this was a pretty good adaptation of the first novel in the Anita Blake series, I'll probably read the others due to this one being so decent. However I do have some pretty harsh critiques, mostly about the art because that's 80% what I read comics for. The first seven issues were drawfn by one guy, the second seven by another, I liked the second guy leagues more than the first. Not that the first one was terrible, I wouldn't have finished the book if he was that bad, but unfortunately he ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed this graphic novel based on one of my favorite series. The story follows the novel but gives you that visuals that you always had to supply yourself. If you enjoy the Anita Blake series then you will definitely want to give the graphic novels a look. They hit the mark very well on their renditions of the characters. Going to keep reading them as long as they have them.
My first impression was that the opening frame is pretty perfect, it's a pale woman with wild hair, not overly exaggerated boobs and hips but very feminine and very strong, with a gun, and a funny zombie and penguin tee-shirt. It's Anita. It was a good first impression.

It had been so long since I read the earlier books in the series that I didn't remember the plot of this book almost at all, it was fun to go back to the beginning and revisit this early Anita and see how everything got started. A
Natasha Chowdory
Nov 20, 2016 Natasha Chowdory rated it it was ok
It was alright. It was nice to see what Hamilton thought the characters should look like and it wasn't too ridiculous but the story wasn't amazing and I guess the newer ones have more nuance in them (the stories that is, I've not read the other graphic novels). Worth giving a go though - I like that you can access these stories in a different medium. :)
Ea Solinas
Apr 29, 2015 Ea Solinas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time, before the Anita Blake series became cheap porn with well-endowed vampires and werethingies, there was "Guilty Pleasures." And like many a successful fantasy/horror novel before it, Laurell K. Hamilton's breakout story has been adapted into graphic novel form -- the complete "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures," with its surly inept heroine and indifferent artwork.

The story: Anita Blake is a vampire hunter and an animator, able to raise zombies from the dead. She als
Valerie The Valkyrie
I just finished the book. I love Laurell's writing in this book. I love the character development. I love the right balance of horror and mystery and darkness and believability.

I love Anita in Guilty Pleasures. Mostly apart from everyone else, she tries to act like she doesn't care about people's feelings, but... she cares about the important human feelings and struggles. You don't like what she said or did? Did it hurt your pretty wittle feewlings? Tough shit, grow up and suck it up... but when
Jessa Franco
The graphic version of Laurell K. Hamilton's incredibly popular Anita Blake series, Guilty Pleasures is an excellent introduction to the world Hamilton has created. Many graphic adaptations spend too much time "telling" the reader about the world rather than "showing" them; this is usually in an attempt to stay true to the original text. Guilty Pleasures does not have this problem. The story is adequately explained through narrative and graphic illustrations.

Having mentioned the illustrations, I
Soobie's heartbroken
OK, I used to love Anita Blake. She was this strong female character who could handle a bunch of difficult situation and never let her friends down. To be honest, at the beginning I didn't like her chastity vote 'cause I kind of miss the romance part of the books. Then it all became about sex and I simply couldn't take it anymore.

So why did I pick up the graphic novel? Well, this is still the first volume. No out-of-the-plot sex here. In addition, I've read those books so long ago that I almost
Pyol Starrick
I always enjoyed the Anita Blake Series and I was wondering if the graphic novel would do her justice. Well, I just so happen to love it.
Granted there are the money shot scenes that you see in just about any graphic novel with a primary female character but I like that they stay true to her body type and looks.
I do however think that the reading of these are enriched when combined with prior reading of the initial novels. Only because it is impossible to stick every single scene and nuance in
Natina El
Jul 15, 2014 Natina El rated it liked it
I thought that this wouldn't be like a re-read since it was a graphic novel. While I love the Anita Blake Series.. I think that it lost some of its luster the second time around.

Anita is a kickazz animator who reluctantly takes a contract to find a vampire killer. There's a surprise visit from an old enemy and maybe some new friends in the snake pit.
This is your typical first installment of the best series ever type book. It starts off slow, but take my word for it, it really helps you build a
Jun 07, 2015 Neito rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Vampire lovers
Shelves: sci-fi, dropped
I can't say I recommend this. That's not to say it's BAD; the writing is functional, and the universe consistent. That said, I didn't find anything compelling about the characters: Jean-Claude just comes off as a generic Oh-so-pretty oh-so-sexy vampire, Anita's friends are too busy being stupid so that Anita can explain one part or another of the world to us, and Anita herself seems too busy letting us know how uncool it is to care about anything to actually get anything done. It's certainly not ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
When we stopped by the library last week hubby found this book, so I decided to borrow it. I used to be a huge fan of the Anita Blake series, but sstopped reading after the eleventh book because I just couldn't take it anymore. But I still reckon that the first ten books were awesome.

I enjoyed the comic book version. Probably not as much as I enjoyed the book the first time I read it, but it was nice to actually see the characters on paper. The art in this book is lovely, too.
Jul 26, 2012 Brittney024 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to really get into it. Not sure if it was the fact that I kept getting destracted or not. But once about half way through I was stuck like glue. Anita is someone I can really relate to, I mean other than the fact that she's a vampire hunter, zombie raising, partial detective petite girl with a death wish. I love that she is so bold and brave yet also gets the crap scared out of her. She's quick with the tongue, which can be quite humorous. Jam packed with action that just ...more
Natasha Larry
Jan 14, 2011 Natasha Larry rated it it was amazing
Anita Blake is the executioner...and she kills vampires...she DOESN'T date them.

I'm currently reading Bloody Bones, book 5 in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. The series is about Anita, animator and professional vampire executioner. The illustrations in this graphic novel version of the first novel Guilty Pleasures is simply stunning.

This is actually the book that turned me onto the series.

Highly Reccomended!
May 09, 2015 Enrique rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this very much. The art is effective and Anita is a good character. The characters tend to have excellent physiques -- more than one would expect in the general population. This is just an observation; I am not complaining. Anita's origin as an animator and vampire slayer is never explained and there were some things that did not make sense, but maybe it's me for not having read the source novel. All in all this was a very enjoyable graphic novel.
Mar 19, 2012 Christal rated it really liked it
So I don't care much for Anita Blake novels, but I really enjoyed the graphic novel version of the series. It cuts out the crap... i.e. the cheap romance novel portions, and keep it more plot oriented. Not to say some of the romance isn't left in it, it's just no longer the main focus. And yes I love her penguin T-shirts. I also really like the artist style, and Anita looks kickass.
Jan 30, 2014 Chad rated it really liked it
Ah if only the books stayed like these earlier ones. I don't think we'll get many comic versions of the later books. Least not without a lot of black out pages.

But this one is an excellent retelling of the novel. Good artwork, well imagined characters and good details. If you enjoyed the novel, and like comics, you'll enjoy this one.
Amanda L.
While the story stayed true to the book, the art was not very good. Everyone looked the same. Everyone had the elongated super skinny body type that was just weird. All faces were the same except for a couple squiggles here and there. I don't think that the comic added anything to the story for me.
Sep 28, 2015 Deborah rated it it was amazing
I really like the writing of these books. These are such a quick read and you want to keep turning the pages. The characters are enjoyable and the plot is great. Please be aware, however, that the writing changes to much more adult contact and lots of sexuality in the careful about getting attached if you are not interested in that direction.
If you're a fan of The Anita Blake series, you will like this. It stays pretty close to the storyline of the book and some of the artwork was fantastic. The actual novel of this is kind of like an extended movie, while this graphic novel is the theatrical version.. you get the best parts but miss out on some of the details that made the story so good. Worth the read though.
Lori Schiele
The first book of the ongoing series, Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter.

I have read all current 21 books of the series and decided it was time to start over again since it's been years since I read from the beginning. These books are awesome, exciting, sexy and hard to put down. Still loving every minute of it!
Mar 12, 2011 Emma-Louise rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of anita blake
Two of my favourite things combined - Anita Blake and graphic novels. What's not to love? Guilty Pleasures is a great intro into Anita's world (it's one of my favourites in the series) and the artwork is STUNNING! Can't wait to get my hands on Laughing Corpse.
Oct 27, 2010 Ana rated it really liked it
Great read, had it done it one siting. I was sad though, can totally tell where Brett Booth's art stops. He just really knew how to capture those characters. Oh well, still want to read the next one.
Oct 27, 2015 Mikana rated it really liked it
A great story and great images, but to be honest, I preferred the original story. I found some of the images to be amazing, but I also found some annoying, so it was mixed results. Would be great for teenagers into vampires and graphic novels.
Sep 24, 2015 Taryn rated it liked it
Anita is better dressed in the comics than she was in the novel. Phillip is prettier than I imagined him. Jean-Claude is still bleh. Edward is awesome. <3

Other than that, this is basically a retelling of Guilty Pleasures but with pictures, right down to Anita's terrible attitude.
Nov 24, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: LKH fans
I'm really enjoying these graphic novels. Not all the characters look the way I imagined them, but the artwork is superb. They are also great "refreshers" if you're craving a little Anita Blake but don't have time to read a whole novel ;-)
It was really nice to refresh my memories of Guilty Pleasures with this graphic novel. It's beautifully drawn.
Sep 28, 2014 Molly rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I liked this okay, but I think I would have appreciated it more had I read one of the novels first, there is a lot of story (I am assuming) that doesn't come through in the comic.
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis ...more
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