Friday, January 8, 2016

BOOKISH BEASTS: Vampires


Let us welcome Sibella Asher of YA Book Reviews!  Sibella is here to talk about the ever popular vampires for our Bookish Beasts & Literary Creatures feature.  Read on and share your own favorites in the comment section below.

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Out of all the mystical creatures I’ve read in books, I think vampires are one of my favorites, because the way they are imagined differ between who you ask. When you say the word “vampire” the first image that comes to mind for you could be Bram Stoker’s Dracula or Stephanie Meyer’s Edward.

I love the way authors explore the world of vampires, the way you can twist the creatures, even though I know some people don’t approve of changing the classic view of what a vampire should be, I love the way authors make their vampires come alive, so to speak.

In the recent past, vampires were a very common addition to YA paranormal books each in some way unique to the others already published. Some popular ones that floated around the YA world were:

The Culllens-Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

I feel like Twilight was hit and miss for everybody. A lot of people have a problem with the fact that instead of burning up in the sun, they sparkle and glimmer like they have diamonds inside their skin. I don’t have a problem with it, because I choose to remain open minded, but it was an extremely bold choice on the author’s part, in which I have to give her props for trying out.

The Salvatore Brothers-The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith

I would first just like to let the world know that I love The Vampire Diaries. I love all of the supernatural elements that play throughout, but of course, I am mainly there because I love vampires. What I find interesting about the Damon and Steffan Salvatore in particular is that they have rings that allow them to walk in the sun. For the other vampires however, they burn up in the sun. I also love that Smith kept with the classic ability to compel others.

The House of Night Series-P.C Cast and Kristen Cast

I will admit that I’ve only read until about the 7th book in this series, it was just dragging on. Despite that though, I really like the way vampires are portrayed in this series, they aren’t bitten and changed, they get “marked” by a tracker, and are sent to the House of Night to be with other vampires so they can survive. It’s a concept that I’ve never read before, that humans aren’t changed by being bitten. Also, sucking the blood out of humans or other vampires is incredibly sexual.

I’ve read so many vampire novels I’m starting to lose count, these are just the popular ones that I’ve noticed, and even just out of these 3 that I discussed I can’t choose a favourite portrayal of vampires!

Who’s written your favourite vampire? Are you more of a spooky horror vampire, or a sexy, mysterious, vampire lover?

4 comments :

  1. My problem(s) with the Twilight series - sparkles aside! - were 1) just how badly the books were written (I gave up after #1) and 2) it was a "Christian Analogy" of "no sex before marriage" chastity thing. Sorry, what? Vampires are ALL sex! That's what the blood sucking thing is all about! (that and the hypnosis and the sex and the attractiveness and the sex and the domination and the, well, whatever, you know). So I gave up on Twilight. Still need to "do stuff" with the other vampire dealings......

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  2. I love vampire books but think they've been done over too much too. It's hard to read original stuff nowadays. With that said, Julie Kagawa has a series I rather enjoy.

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  3. My favourite vampire book is the original Dracula by Bram Stoker. It's raw and dark and very sexual for its time. The Count is so evil but so charming at the same time.

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  4. I'm always up for a good vampire novel! One series that I have so much fun with is Sookie Stackhouse. There are more than just vampires in it, but they play a key role in it. That reminds me, I still have a handful of books to read in that series. I gotta get back to it!

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