Saturday, November 8, 2008

What's With All the Vampires?

By JB

All the tweens trick-or-treating in my neighborhood were dressed as Bella and Edward from "Twilight." The frenzy over the movie release has grown to nearly epic proportions in my local Barnes and Noble and is reminding me of the hullabaloo surrounding the release of a new Harry Potter novel/film.

The difference for me is that I loved the Harry Potter books. I thought they were very well written and absolutely unique. Still, even though I didn't enjoy "Twilight," I lift my coffee cup to Stephenie Meyer for coming up with a YA version of hot vamp fiction and for cashing in on it. I prefer to see authors rising to the top over, say, professional athletes out of jail on parole!

Even after Halloween, I've been noticing just how "hot" vampire themes are right now. There's a ton of buzz about the HBO series True Blodd, which is based on Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse mysteries. I have recently discovered these books and am tearing through them. Again, I'm thrilled for Charlaine and I think she's a talented writer. After all, I don't usually read paranormal fiction, but I adore her characters. They're like small-town cozy characters with fangs....and paws, and fur, wings, etc.)

So who started this vampire craze? I guess it was Anne Rice. I've read all of her books with the exception of one or two that have been in the TBR stack for years, but I think her Interview With the Vampire propelled the undead into the bestseller spotlight. And then the movie - Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst!

What do you think? Are you a fan of the vamps? Of the shows/movies they've inspired?

If not, which genre would you like to see make a comeback?