I Like Vampires … well, I used to.
I like vampires, from Buffy to Bram Stoker’s Dracula . Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles is my favorite series of all time. And I am huge, huge Angel fan – this was before TiVo, and I never missed an episode. So I guess you can say I’m an old school vamp fan.
These days it seems like the life has been squeezed out of the living dead genre. They are everywhere! The legends are being reshaped and remolded so that writers can (try) to put a unique spin on them. And I can even point the finger back at myself: short story, The Vampire’s New Suit from Supernatural Fairy Tales collection and even stretch it to Passage to Queen Mesentia where he’s not exactly a vampire – see what I did? But I think I reached my limit, in both writing and reading about them. It seems like the more the spin, the more I turn away.
Even the traditional vampire stories are getting old. Especially after the last book I started reading. I don’t think the name of the book is even important because these stories are a dime a dozen (Actually cheaper: I picked up a lot of these for free on Amazon.) In this particular book, there was a line about how cold this guy’s hands were. And the MC felt mesmerized and faint when she looked into the guy’s eyes. And the vampire, oops I mean guy, said the MC reminded him of someone who he’d lost … really? I’m hoping that he being a vampire was not supposed to be a surprise, but I’ll never know because I deleted the book from my Kindle before I finished the first chapter.
Maybe I’m being a little harsh. After all, writers tend to write about what they like to read. And if Stephenie Meyer got one thing right, that was getting people interested in writing. Over the years, I have met a lot of young writers who said they were inspired by Twilight … and so they were writing a vampire book. I mean, this is good, but if you are a fan and planning on writing a book, maybe just explore some other supernatural creatures. I’m just saying.
At this point, I don’t think new ideas or old legends based on blood-suckers will make me want to pick up another vampire book … for awhile. (I might consider rereading Dracula by Bram Stoker) So for now, the vampire genre is dead—or is it undead—to me!
Love & Laughter,