I have been recently made aware of Forever 16, a Lifetime movie that has a plot eerily similar to Forever Fifteen. A vampire housed in the body of a 16 year old girl tries to survive in a modern day high-school setting.
“Sixteen-year old Raven Highgate is not your average teenager, she is a vampire and this is her umpteenth time attending a new high school to keep her identity hidden. But when a local cop reveals she knows Raven’s secret and offers to introduce Raven to others of her kind in exchange for help catching a murderer loose in the school, Raven has no choice but to accept. . .but at what cost?”
In the case of Forever 16, the girl is named Raven Highgate and she rides a motorbike. I have not had a chance to watch Forever 16 in its entirety. From what my friend said, Raven ends up helping the police solve crimes like a vampire Nancy Drew in exchange for them assisting her in keeping her low profile and not outing her as a vampire.
Is this plagiarism? Most people I talk to are and saying “yes” I should be outraged. I really don’t know. The Forever Fifteen free audiobook has been downloaded over 1 million times, however, that doesn’t mean every single person on Earth has heard of it or that some person would make a copy-cat version of it.
From what I have seen of this film, it is a bit unfortunate. Ham-fisted in the acting, heavy-handed, with massive holes in the plot. A vampire who is supposedly trying to be incognito yet wears black rubber spandex bodysuits, attracts abject worship of her beauty, and has eyes that go the color of Liquid Paper when she reads someone’s mind. A thrift store CGI raven that follows her around. The problem of who she is going to eat conveniently solved with pilfering from blood banks. Yeah, the trouble with watered-down vampires is they’re watered down. Not quite as exciting as imagining the real thing.
I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.