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Vampires are back baby!

Hi and howdy, welcome to my blog.

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:

Twilight

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.


Vampire Diaries

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.


Vampire Academy

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!!

Elli xx

9 thoughts on “Vampires are back baby!”

  1. I love vampires too!! 😄
    Oh, you should totally continue with the Vampire Academy! I loved that series, well I loved the Bloodlines series more, haha!
    I still want to read the Vampire Diaries… maybe one day I will! 😅

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  2. Vampires where the fist supernaturals I started to read about! Funnily enough my first vampire book was actually “Dracula” followed by Anne Rice’s books. Along with Bram Stoker she kind of set the stage for vampires. And Anne Rice already had an LGBT element in her books which makes her about 45 years early. *lol* I actually read some of the “Vampire Diaries” books long before it became a series on TV but I’ve to say that the show was way better and more intriguing than the books. Also I loved and adored “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” I basically grew up with this series! It’s so good, I can really recommend it. =)

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      1. Haha! That fear is kind of justified! I mean all those classics are huge and I remember having the same experience with “Dracula” as I had with “Moby Dick” and “Frankenstein”. They are all pretty slow books and not a lot is happening, plus they are very descriptive. You definitely have to be in the right mindset to read one of those classics. XD

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