Today's post comes from Anne of Potter, Percy and I. She's giving us a "Heckuva" Halloween post, due to her age, which I think is just about as adorable as you can get. Heckuva blogger, that Anne...
You gotta admit it, vampires are the hot thing right now. Most everyone that reads the YA genre LOVE those blood-sucking creeps.
But my question is, what is the appeal? You see, nowadays, all vampires are sparkly and pale and “vegetarian” (I'm lookin' at you, Twilight). Does anybody remember when Twilight wasn't popular and all vampires lived in coffins and ruthlessly drank human blood without a care in the world? There are a ton of vampire novels out there right now, some doing better than others. But why are there just so many of them? So.. let me go through the ups and downs of the “new” vampires.
The “Duh!” part is that these “new” vampires are unique. Like I said, almost none of them sleep in coffins or knowingly/willingly drink human blood. But how unique does this really make them? Like, if every single vamp out there is like this, then wouldn't it be the original vampires, the ones that are like Dracula, the ones that I keep talking about, are the ones that are original and unique. Can we all agree on this?
Yet, no. We can't. Ironic, eh? Oh, who am I kidding. Why does everyone love vampires? I don't think I've quite figured it out. But another theory?
Ever since Twilight, people have been falling for vampires. Let me say that I do not think Robert Pattinson is hot, but I can see that most teens, and even a few older, do find him to be “hot”.
Twilight rocked the world of not just vampires, but the world of paranormal, even YA, if you care to look at the big picture. It made bad things seem “Hot”. I admit, I was not a huge YA freak before February, so forgive me if I'm mistaken, but how many vamps were considered a good thing before Twilight? Not many, right? So therefore, Twilight changed peoples ways of thinking. And there are a few ways this caused the vampire obsession.
The first is that it made people become obsessed with vampires, seeing as how “Hot” and “Romantic” Edward is. People/teenaged girls seem to find this to be good, and something they want. Huh? Why the crap would you want to be stalked by a... vampire?
Anyways. It opens up a while 'nother opportunity for paranormal authors. They will feed this obsession by writing more vampire books. I will admit, I have not read many of these, if any. But I have heard that some of them are AMAZING. Which in some ways is easy to believe, especially when someone I highly trust says it. But in some ways, I don't believe it because I have had some bad experiences with vampires *Twilight*
Ahem. So, the second way that Twilight has rocked the paranormal world is how it (like I said before) made things bad things seem good, or at least not bad. This goes for most things. Vamps, weres, fae, fallen angels. Even from my MG experiences before blogging, not many of these were ever, I repeat ever portrayed to be a good thing.
So tell me. What do you think about these paranormals, vampires in particular? Trust me. I'm just dying to know.
Anne can be found at her blog, Potter, Percy and I -- check her out!