Thursday, December 17, 2009
Was 2009 The Year of the Vampire?
2009 was a veritable treasure trove for vampire fans. Okay, maybe that's taking things too far, but the popularity of sparkly vampires sure did provide fans a lot to choose from. More books, more movies, more television shows. One could debate for untold hours about whether or not Twilight was good for the genre, but frankly, I'm burnt out just hearing about the franchise. I don't bat for Team Edward, and probably never will, but then again, I haven't joined Team Jacob either. What does that even mean?
Being a vampire fan, at least for me, means embracing (with your neck tilted back and a dreamy smile upon your face) this new found popularity and enjoying all the options. Think back to the years when a vampire novel was hard to come by and relegated mostly to the horror section. Yes, excellent books were out there (Yarbro, Rice) but certainly not as frequently as they are right now. A year ago the YA pickins' were pretty slim and now some of the best authors out there have contributed tales for the younger generation. Vampires are now cast, in books and movies, as the romantic hero. Works for me!
I, for one, am grateful. Vampires have evolved and I'd rather have too much to choose from than not enough. I can turn off the Vampire Diaries while setting the DVR for True Blood. I usually skip over the YA section but legions in the blogosphere have slowly changed my mind. Vampires and romance are like chocolate and cherries... I wanted to say something really profound but all I can say is Yum!
So I ask you. Was 2009 the Year of the Vampire? Are your senses on overload with all the vampire options out there? Do you wish all this attention would just go away? Or do you relish the vampiric feast before us? My book list for 2010 looks pretty packed and I am insanely happy with that!