Good day to one and all, I hope you are all well. My thoughts this week are not overly deep, but have turned to vampires ... as they do every now and then. I think it is a great shame the genre is so maligned in some quarters and this is why.
The Much Maligned Vampire Genre
If there is one genre that will induce scorn, even faster than the romance genre in general (and that's not deserved either) it's the vampire genre. Thanks to the media people equate everything with Twilight and dismiss it.
Now whether you love Twilight or hate it, you have to admit that not every vampire novel out there is the same.
I've had vampire stories, both fanfiction and original compared to Twilight and they have absolutely nothing to do with it. Just because a protagonist has fangs, they are not Edward Cullen. Tarring an entire genre with the same brush as one book series is silly, especially when it breaks down into so many sub-genres anyway.
There are so many to choose from:
- Paranormal Romance - the protagonist is usually gorgeous and sexy
- YA vampire - there is often romance in here as well, but more innocent
- Horror - the vampires tend to be nasty, nasty beasties
- New Adult vampire - similar to YA, but with older characters and slightly grittier plots
- Dark Fantasy - fantasy with elements of horror
- Urban Fantasy - contemporary fantasy in modern settings
I'm not a Twilight fan, but if you are, I hope it brings you great pleasure, because that's what reading is all about.
When it comes to reading about vampires, I have found that I prefer them to be on the more blood thirsty side:
- Salem's Lot by Stephen King
- Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- They Thirst by Robet R. McCammon
Just like any genre, vampires and all their many sub-genres have some great books and some truly terrible ones. It is very likely that vampire fandom will never agree on which ones deserve to be at which end of the spectrum :).
Publishers and retailers like to have books packaged neatly into genres so they can flog them to their customers by saying 'come, look at this. if you like x you'll love y', but this seems to have given the media carte blanche to try and do the same thing, when they often don't know what they're talking about. And, of course, because the most famous recent vampire book series was popular mainly with teenage girls, it must be maligned - which is a whole other post - don't get me started :).
I have read and will continue to read vampire novels of all the sub-genres. Some are fun, some scary and some are just nice. This is a genre that covers many others with its net and deserves far more respect than it often gets.
Three cheers for vampires, is what I say!
What about you? Do you love vampires? Have you given up looking because there are so many bad vampire novels out there? What is your favourite vampire novel(s)?
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