Like the immortal vampire our obsession with the fanged ones never die.
The vampire obsession is currently everywhere thanks in part to the overwhelming success of Twilight. But true vampire fans know there was plenty to love about vampires long before Meyer's teen dream sparkly vamps hit the scene. Because of that success the media has hopped on the vampire bandwagon hoping to cash in on the fang frenzy, some endeavors are worthwhile and others are not.
Some people claim to have vampire burnout thanks to the undead invading everything from fashion layouts in magazines to television shows to the big screen and everything in between.
Not me. I have been a vampire fan for decades, long before Stephanie Meyer ever thought about writing her sparkly vampire stories.
Every generation finds a new story, a new twist, a new vampire tale that gives them a glimpse of forever and a desire to know more about the darker side of life...and death. Today's teens have Meyer's Twilight saga along with a huge collection of other authors that cater to paranormal fans in both adult and young adult genres.
My generation had Anne Rice's vampires. Interview with a Vampire hit book shelves the year I was born in 1976. I found my copy of Interview at a yard sale in the 80s. I had to have been 10 or 11. After reading that I devoured every book in the series throughout the 80s and 90s, along with her Mayfair Witch books and anything else that she wrote. I loved Anne Rice's books and fell in love with New Orleans, the setting for so many of her books.
Since then I have found many other wonderful authors and vampire books. Every author puts their own unique spin on the old vampire tales, myths and legends. Some make vampires the heroes, others make the vampires the villains. I prefer my vampires to be the heroes but depending on the author and the story I can handle vamps being the bad guys, too (like in Colleen Gleason's The Gardella Vampire Chronicles).
Good or bad, vampires have a special place in my imagination, a magical place where love never dies and the blood is the life.
Many revel in the strength of the vampire, or love the appeal of everlasting youth and beauty, or perhaps the thought of immortality is what makes the vampire so popular, for many it is the underlying erotic appeal that draws us into the vampire's lair.
I hope to explore my vampiric obsessions more as I write here at VampChix and at least once a month (probably more) I will be posting here about the vampire authors (and their books) that I love.