Some vampires suck more than others
Ah, vampires. Some people love ’em. Me, not so much, unless they happen to be in a YA book. My ambivalence toward Twilight aside, I’ll willingly, even eagerly, pick up a YA novel with vampires in it. But adult books with vampires, particularly romance novels? Unless your name is Meljean Brook (since I just bought and read Demon Moon), I avoid them like the plague.
So what’s the difference? I think it’s partly that vampires tend to be angst-ridden and moody, something a lot more, er, palatable in YA books and much less appealing in adults, since teenagers at least have an excuse for being angst-ridden and moody. Also, the vampire universes in YA books are more novel, more exciting. Vampirism as an STD? Vampires coming to America on the Mayflower? Actually being the bad guys instead of the hero/heroine? So much more appealing to me than some random person who just happens to get bit by a vampire. And just as I have a hard time getting into adult fantasy and science fiction, even though I do read YA fantasy and science fiction, I just don’t find vampires in adult books interesting in general. There’s more, but I’m having a hard time articulating exactly why this is.
Just out of curiosity, why are there so many rich vampires? They never seem to work, yet they’re all millionaires, even though they’ve been alive for hundreds of years, which must be expensive, what with having to constantly move because you don’t age. Because they don’t die so don’t have to pay estate taxes? That sounds like a bad joke, but I’m genuinely curious. Anyone?
Anyway, the first vampire novel I remember reading that really stuck with me was The Vampire Diaries. Okay, so that’s a series of four books, not one book, but whatever. It’s so good! (Even if Stefan and Damon are millionaire vampires.) And now they’re being reissued! I still have the books myself, but I need to buy them for my library to give to all those Twilight fans. I thought Volumes I and II, now combined in one edition, was supposed to be published in August, but either the date was moved up or I’m remembering things wrong, because it’s actually coming out on June 26. But what’s with this cover? I like that logo thing with the title and author, but that guy is just so creepy looking. Isn’t Stefan supposed to be hot? It could be someone other than Stefan, but weren’t all the other vampires beautiful people, too? (Another question: why are vampires always attractive?) I suppose part of my dislike is because Elena was on the cover of the original editions and seeing some dude on the cover makes me nostalgic. Or maybe it’s just shock that we’re actually seeing a real head on the cover of a book. Even if it’s only half a head. How Scott Westerfeld.