Vampire Grandpa MunstersWhile looking through the vast number topics I have covered on my blog, I came across a remarkable omission. A check of my blog tags at around the letter V, revealed a horrendous gap. So I did a search of my entire blog and discovered that I had in fact mentioned, only in passing mind you, this absent tag word all of three times in what amounts to over 200,000 words of blog posts.

It is typical of me really. To miss fashion and trends by about twenty-five years or more. So more as an excuse to fill my tag gap than anything else, I’d now like to mention vampires.

So when exactly did these vampires change from being nasty villains in black and white horror movies to being trendy, sexy and oh so cool heroines in modern literature? Was it Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, or Morticia Addams who changed the world’s opinion about blood sucking, extremely low body temperatures and having a reticence to wear bikinis and get a nice golden suntan? Perhaps it was all the fault of Alice Cooper. Who knows?

Anyway, the upshot of this gap in my vocabulary and taste in modern literature has posed a conundrum for me. Should I play catch up and add to the list of ‘Vamp’ novellas on Kindle? Or should I stay true to myself and continue to write long books with mandatory chase scenes and allegorical references to the meaning of life? It was suggested to me that I could easily have Milo Moon turned into a trendy, blood sucking hero if I put my mind to it. Sorry Milo. It wasn’t my idea.

Probably better if I made Milo’s Mary into a vampire. Sexy lady vampires seem to be far more popular that the guys.

Wish me luck!

What Is It About Vampires?
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13 thoughts on “What Is It About Vampires?

  • 14/02/2011 at 7:06 pm
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    Just as long as s/he doesn't sparkle. >.<

  • 14/02/2011 at 7:38 pm
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    Luck :)

  • 14/02/2011 at 7:40 pm
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    I disagree…male vampires are more appealing, they all have dreamy eyes and six-pack abs. Why aren't there any fat, frumpy or ugly vampires? Surely all the undead are good looking.

  • 14/02/2011 at 8:32 pm
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    I think the problem isn't Vampires themselves being bad, its that we see so much of it these days. One person I know has gotten really irritated with even the thought of vampire stories. Of course, when they brought up zombies as an alternative I brought up my own sentiment that zombie fiction is exploding to the point of becoming overdone. Werewolf stuff too IMO. Maybe we need to dig a bit deeper to find a new baddy.

  • 14/02/2011 at 9:58 pm
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    You definitely need to write a vampire story! No writer's career is complete without one!

  • 15/02/2011 at 8:22 pm
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    AH! to be a follower or not to be? Well I could say ..be true to thy self! or.. If all the kids are doing it, why not!!!! (oh! did I mention one of my WIP may have a little somehting to do with a vampire, a wolf or some sort of mix breed?)

  • 15/02/2011 at 9:36 pm
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    Personally, I think vampires are wearing a little thin. I mean, they're EVERYWHERE! Seems like you can't swing a cat without hitting six of the blighters. At least after dark.

    Furthermore, I think all the recent vampire heartthrobs (*cough* Edward *cough*) look quite alarmingly girlie. But maybe that's just me…

    Werewolves are a little more interesting to me, I think because the folklore goes back further. There's stuff suspiciously reminiscent werewolf lore in the Norse myths, for example. So for me, they have more cred. :D

    Your question probably was not a serious one, but I'd say, if you don't have a vampire story inside you trying to get out, I wouldn't bother trying to write one. :)

  • 15/02/2011 at 9:43 pm
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    Thanks for your comment Happy Odd Girl!

    I was considering turning my cocker spaniel into a vampire for a new angle, so happy to drop the idea now :)

  • 17/02/2011 at 9:15 pm
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    Hahaha! I'm sure your cocker spaniel will be very relieved! :D

  • 16/07/2011 at 2:38 pm
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    You know you should stay true to yourself. If Vamps are not your thing it will show in your writing. Good Luck to you!

  • 16/07/2011 at 2:54 pm
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    A vampire animal has been done already. Christopher Moore did Chet the vampire cat.

  • 17/07/2011 at 4:44 pm
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    Dracula made vampires sexy to the masses but the sexual overtones have always been a part of the vampire myth – the intimacy of sucking blood from the jugular of a scantily clad female at night from her bedroom.

  • 17/07/2011 at 4:44 pm
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    Dracula made vampires sexy to the masses but the sexual overtones have always been a part of the vampire myth – the intimacy of sucking blood from the jugular of a scantily clad female at night from her bedroom.

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