I would like to expand on something from Colleen's blog. Throughout the semester we have encountered a few child vampire characters, all giving us points of reference to see how this type of character has changed through the evolution of the vampire novel. Our first child character came from Carmilla. She was almost the embodiment of the Victorian ideal of womanhood except for the fact that she was a vampire. Next we have Claudia from Interview with a vampire. Again she seems innocent, like Carmilla, but has a dark and ruthless nature. Finally Eli from Let the Right One In. These three characters, although very different in their mannerism and era, do share a common thread.
First, all three girls are searching for some sort of companionship. This is obvious with Carmilla and Claudia, but slightly more dynamic with Eli. Not only does she have Oskar, but also Hakan. I would argue that Eli simply keeps Hakan around as a source of companionship. She does not hesitate to kill him in order to save herself, and, most importantly, run away with Oskar. The desire for companionship is the strongest of all three in Eli. Secondly, all three characters are products of their time. Carmilla is the essence of a Victorian woman (minus the vampirism of course), Claudia is the orphan child that "finds a home" with her fellow vampires, and Eli can be characterized as the needy type, searching for someone to literally "sink her fangs into" and latch onto. All three of them are extremely fascinating when compared to each other.