Eine Freundin und ich haben jeweils eine Kolumne für bzw. gegen Vampire geschrieben...ach ja, ich war übrigens DAFÜR

Vampires? Yes, please!

I am one of those who fell in love with vampires. I think this was partly my parents fault because they allowed me to watch Buffy – The Vampire Slayer. Seriously, which fourteen year old teenage girl doesn't dream of supernatural powers and kissing the hottie with the dark edge? But as if the fact that I was not Buffy and that therefore there was not hot twisted Vampire with a sould to kiss was not enough to shatter my teenage world, I soon found myself confronted with another problem: There was not a lot of vampire fantasy literature to read. I figured this out when I felt that the TV series was not enough to feed my “addiction” and found myself having three choices: You could read Bram Stoker's classic Dracula, but you shouldn't do more often than once a year, or you could read the novels to the series Buffy, which were not only boring because I already knew what happened but also badly written. And last, but not least, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, which is probably the worst option of them all or at least it was from my point of view. My parents who, thinking they did something good, gave me Rice's The Vampire Lestat and The Vampire Armand for my fifteenth birthday. I made several attempts to read them. Well, they still stand unfinished in my bookcase eight years later,so, so much for the fluency of this reading. And that was actually the end to mainstream vampire literature when I was young.
I kept my eyes open and occasionally found one or two books featuring my beloved vampires in the book store, if I was lucky. Then 2008, when I was looking for something to read during my summer vacation, there suddenly was a new book called Twilight by an, at that time, relatively unknown author called Stephenie Meyer. The blurb sounded very cliché but to be quite honest: sometimes I am a sucker for the cliché love story and this theme combined with a sexy vampire seemed to be exactly what I needed and wanted.
Ever since then and the success of Twilight there has literally been a flood of vampire books on the market. Unfortunately most of them have a very similar scheme which is basically copying the plot of Twilight and thereby hope to copy its success as well. The good thing about the new interest of publishers, authors and readers alike is that there now is a whole diversity of themes and authors one can read, so if one doesn't like the cliché story it is very easy to avoid them. Therefore if “boy meets girl, oh boy is vampire, but who cares it's true love” is not exactly what you like to read I recomment books such as Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost , the first book of the Night Huntress series, Real Vampires Have Curves of the Glory St. Claire series by Gerry Bartlett or the Cassie Palmer novels by Karen Chance. These either have a new approach or they also work with some of the clichés but not without making fun of them. All of them are highly recommended if you have enough of the Edward's and Bella's of the genre.
So, after all I still say,despite all the copycat stories,: Vampires? YES,PLEASE because there is nothing better than a 300 to 500 year old guy falling in love for the first time or forever, or better still, both.

Sie war DAGEGEN:

Vampires? No, thanks!

There is nothing wrong with vampires per Se. The basic idea is quite cool, actually: You can have the larger than live, century old horror, inspired by such illustrious persons as Vlad the Impaler or you can have the poor sucker who fell prey to a bloodthirsty predator and is now cursed with the loss of his humanity and has to prey on humans himself. Excellent ingredient for tragedy.
However, in the last few years there has been such an amount of new books featuring vampires that they have gotten their own table in my favourite book store. Thank god. This makes it so much easier to avoid them. You see, instead of books about vampires as a threat or a tragic character, which are still shelved with the other fantasy titles, they are about vampires as humping-material. The creature of the night – the perfect boyfriend. To be fair, it's not just the bloodsucker who get the short end of the stake. Werewolves can probably howl songs of woe about this treatment. But first and foremost is the undead love interest.
But, you may ask, what's wrong with fantasy exploring romance. Why, nothing.
But we are not talking about a subset of fantasy that happens to deal with romance. We are dealing with a subset of romance with a fantasy template. And as such they include all the less glorious aspects of that genre, up to and including the usually less than flattering depiction of women. [Comparable to]Think of the female leads in romantic-comedies. The fantastic elements are often just the exotification of the old will-they-or-won't-they stick. Seriously, vampires and other supernatural ilk are the new pirates and sheiks of the genre.
Don't get the wrong impression here. I'm a sucker for good romance. Notice the adjective? Yeah. In order to be enjoyable to me, a book should contain at least a good romance or good fantasy, or better yet [still], both. And from the stuff I've sampled until now, be it Charlene Harris or J.D. Ward, I've yet to find one that has at least one of them.
So I will continue to look for good vampire stories, elsewhere. Because I don't like to read about wussiss in love, no matter if they have fangs or fur.

30.7.10 16:18


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