Monday, October 12, 2009

Vampires-Are They Done

This is my blog to put random thoughts on. My thoughts might change tomorrow, but for right now this is how I feel. :)

So are vampire books done? I hope not since my second ms has a vampire in it.
But overall, my answer would be no anyway. For some reason people like vampires, and have been intrigued with the creatures for over a hundred years-- not including all the myths that date before that.


The modern vampire is a combination of things that most people want or would like from life. Let’s take a look at a few things.

They are sexy--even the ones that aren’t that good looking seem to have a pull toward them, a mystique.

Powerful--strength and the power to protect yourself and the ones you love is very important with humans.

A lot of them are rich--but even if they aren’t they don’t have to suffer money problems. Credit cards, debt collectors calling, wondering how to pay all the bills, job lay-offs: Money is a great source of unpleasant stress in a person’s life. How great would it be to not have that unpleasantness in your life?

They suffer blood lust--Is this bad? I think most people would say, I couldn’t ever kill a human being, and I agree. For most sane people it would be unimaginable to takes someone’s life. It definitely is for me. But be honest, how many of you have someone in your life that you hate, maybe someone that did something terrible to you or a person you love, have you never, ever thought that person deserves what they have coming? :D Still couldn’t do it? Animals for the squeamish people like me.

Some have supernatural powers--how many people have fantasized about reading people’s minds or influence their boss? I think that is a normal fantasy--to influence and change the world around them or to know what is going to happen so that the right words/choice can be made.

Work?--When and if vampires work, it seems they get jobs that they are really good at and really love doing. How many people work at a job they hate, but yet they have to go to work anyway to pay the bills?

The most intriguing part of being a vampire is immortality, to never grow old--For the most part, the fear of dying and the unknown has plagued mankind since the beginning of man’s history. So of course, immortality, and never having to worry about growing old and weak would be something that most humans would want.

So should the vampire books be done? Why should they be?
The whole point of fiction is to capture your reader and bring them into another world away from common, ordinary life. For them to meet fascinating people, go to wonderful places, and for them to find a world to live vicariously through a fictional character. And if a good vampire story (or any story for that matter) is delivering that, then kudos to whoever wrote it. :)

3 comments:

  1. Hey Ebyss, from everything I read on the subject, vampire books are not done, and never will be. There's a bit of a craze going on in pop culture right now, but mortals' love of vampires transcends that...there are countless Web sites that predated Twilight and True Blood's rise in popularity. I'll bet somewhere somebody has made a tee shirt or bumper sticker that says "I loved the undead before they sparkled." LOL!

    --Diana Laurence, author of "How to Catch and Keep a Vampire" (www.howtocatchandkeepavampire.com)

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  2. they'll never be done! i still scour the shelves for the bloodsuckers :) But, the whole vampire is vegetarian and falls in love with high school student plot is definitely overdone. so is the vampires at boarding school. my opinion is if its an interesting new take on them then why wouldn't people be interested in reading about them?
    look at ghosts, ten years ago people said they'd never pop back up and they're slowly gaining popularity again (i think so anyway)

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