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Today we are discussing something incredibly important: Vampires!! There has been an insurgence of vampires in Young Adult fiction recently and I am living for it!
I’ve loved vampires for a long time now, to the point where I used to tell my parents I wanted to be one when I grew up, and while my goals in life have thankfully changed, I have been loving the new influx of vampire centred stories.
And so with Halloween just a couple of days away I thought it would be perfect to discuss what I loved about past vampire stories and what I’m loving about the newest depictions and takes on the classic bloodsuckers.
Ok so without a doubt the vampire stories of my childhood were:
Wow. Bet this one took you by surprise.
Listen I refuse to be ashamed of my Twilight phase anymore. I was 10 years old and living my best life. Yes this series has lots of problems: the imprinting, Jacob forcefully kissing Bella, Edward and Bella’s toxic relationship. Honestly I now realise Charlie Swan was the only decent part of that series but all the same it holds a special place in my heart.
I have spent lots of nights staying up and scrolling through the Twilight Renaissance tag on tumblr because the content on their is golden.
I once spent an entire summer binging this series because I have no life and I ignore my feelings by over indulging in fantasy and teen drama shows. I’m sure it’s not healthy but oh well.
I’ve never read the books for the Vampire Diaries and I never plan too. The show was packed with more then enough drama as is but I feel like it’s a staple in the paranormal genre.
Is a late 2000s to early 2010s show even worth watching if a newly orphaned teenage girl doesn’t have to choose between two unrealistically good-looking immortal brothers? I don’t think so.
Saying all that though, I never did finish the show, I think I got to where the characters went to college ??? I also really enjoyed but never finished The Originals. I’m hoping Legacies will be the one I finally complete.
The Rose and Dimitri romance creeps me out but this was my go to post Twilight and post Vampire Diaries obsession and once again I haven’t finished it!!
And I would like to say for the record that the fact that this didn’t get even just one more movie is a crime!!!
And the vampires I’m currently love:
The vampires I’m seeing nowadays feel so realistic. I read them and I think “yeah, I’d probably act like that if I was turned into a blood sucking monster”.
I’m also really loving how funny and fun they currently are. Gone are the overly dramatic love triangles with chiseled boys. We’re now seeing more lgbt+ and POC representation within the genre which has brought a new dynamic to the paranormal creatures.
Some of my favourites have been:
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Baz is the most realistic vampire especially in Wayward Son; him wearing sunscreen cause of the sun, him having to steal some poor strangers dog, him genuinely knowing nothing about being a vampire. Relatable content!
- Vampires Never Grow Old – This was by no means the best anthology collection ever written but I really enjoyed the new take on vampire tropes by lgbt and poc authors.
Some I think will become favourites:
- Fell of the Dark by Caleb Roehrig – An lgbt+ story about a boy who lives in a vampire town (what is a vampire town? I don’t know but I want to find out) and starts crushing on the newest hot and mysterious vampire that shows up.
- Slayer by Kierstan White – I’m too young to have loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I don’t have the concentration to binge the show now but I’m interested in this book which I think is like a spin off?
So there we go. Vampires. If you have any recommendations that I haven’t mentioned in this post, let me know in the comments down below. And if you could convince me to re-read and carry on with Vampire Academy that would be aprreciated too.
Thanks so much for read and stay safe!!