Friday, July 17, 2009

Guest Post: What is about vampires?

Today I'm happy to announce my first guest post. If you'd be interested in doing your own guest post, you can find all the details on the guest post policy page. And now here's the post. Take it away Jessica!

There's nothing better than a great vampire book for summer, am I right? Besides, vampires are everywhere. They've taken over every aspect of pop culture with the movie Twilight, and the soon to be released New Moon. They've taken over television with True Blood (and a new CW TV show, The Vampire Diaries, based on the YA books by L.J. Smith, premieres in the Fall). And have seriously dominated in books (hence this post). Lots of people may wonder why vampires are so popular, but I, being a vampire-addict myself, am not surprised in the least.

Vampires have the bad-boy/girl draw. They're mysterious, and keep us on the edge of our seats, flipping pages. The seductive part of being bitten is only part of the reason why people feel drawn to the dark, brooding creatures of the night.

Vampire books are full of action. People always seem to be fighting, or dying, or doing something that makes us glare menacingly at anyone who tries to interrupt our reading at that moment.
Because what's a great book without action? If nothing else, you have to admit that vamps deliver in that category.

Vampire books have TONS of variety. Vampires can sparkle in the sun, or turn to dust. You could get a vampire romance, or an action-packed vampire looking for revenge. A vampire who lives in an academy, or in Manhattan. I've read so many, but none of them blend together because they're all so different.

And besides, vampire books branch out to many different genres. Books about our favorite blood-suckers, turn into werewolf books, and that turns into witches, and that turns into fairies, and the chain goes on forever!

Some of my personal favorite vampire books deliver in all of these categories. I'd recommend them all in a heartbeat. They are: The Twilight Saga (unoriginal response, but I can't hide my love), The Vampire Diaries, The Evernight Academy Series, and the Blue Bloods series. (City of Bones also has vampires, but it's not the main attraction so I'll leave it out.) But there are still many vamp books that I've yet to read, so this could easily change!

From Bram Stoker to Anne Rice, vampires, along with other paranormal creatures, constantly keep us in suspense. They can be serious, big books, or light, fun reads, but we almost always love them. And for good reason. I mean come on, what's not to like?

Thanks for stopping by Jessica! Jessica from Shut Up! I'm Reading has been addictively reading for a couple of months, and has very recently devoted a YA book blog to said addiction. Her favorite genre (as you just read about) is paranormal. This is the teenager's first ever guest post.


Diana Dang said...

True but they are getting overrated nowadays. I don't think I will be liking vampires for at least another couple of years.

Tales of Whimsy said...

I only like vamps that don't bite humans :)
Great post!

Arielle said...

The only vampire book I have read is Dracula by Bram Stoker. I think there is a lot of hype about vampires right now and every time I read a post like this I'm very tempted to see what it's all about, especially the Twilight series!

Serena said...

i love a good vampire book...and just joined the sookie stackhouse challenge

chocowafer said...

My love for vampire books started with the Twilight saga and now, I'm lovin' so many others like the Blue Bloods and Vampire Academy series (a lot more actually). :)

And I'm happy cause so far, all of the books I've read have different takes on vampires, and they're very interesting too!

Laina said...

What, no Morganville Vampires? Those are amazing books.

Vampires. *Happy sigh.*