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What is the fascination with Vampires?

Can someone please explain the current fascination with Vampires? I see more vampire books being published (self published) every day. I just don't see what the big hoop is about a person who continues to drink human blood to stay alive. Anyone????


Don Yarber

16th September 2011


cup of blood is not my cup of tea, Don. I cannot help you there...


Nina Orlovskaya

16th September 2011


Well....hmmmm...perhaps its the ability to fly. Maybe the super-human strength? Immortality? Just being damned sexy. Um...the power to control the elements, people...ahhh...that's not all of it, but that's why I want to be one. In fact, when I was little, I used to tell people that when I grow up I wanted to be a tiger, God, or...yup yup, you guessed it...A Vampire! They thought I was out of my mind! And its really upsetting that I still haven't become none of these things! Maybe I'll just have to work harder!


Daniel Bird

15th September 2011


I love Vampires. But I hate Twilight. Vampires should be evil. Vampirism is evil. Not kinda evil kinda not evil. I love vampires as the villian....like in interview with a vampire. I only love good ruthless villains. Im not into vampirism.


Liz Reynolds

16th September 2011


I tried for my daughter's sake to read Twilight, but after a few pages I was like, "Get the f**** attah here!" (Not to my daughter, but just in general - to myself) And then she read my Vampire novel (The Vampire Demi Nosferatu) and was like "Ahhh...forget about Twilight! Your's destroys Twilight." And I was like, "I know, huh?"


Daniel Bird

15th September 2011


Everything is cyclical in the teenager/Young Adult portion of the literary field. Vampire and supernatural offerings flourished in the seventies, then gave way to 'spy/detective novels' in the eighties, which gave way to 'good girl/bad guy' stories in the nineties. You're right about the glut on the market as far as supernatural - which I'm staying far away from because the backlash will inevitably come.


John Tucker

16th September 2011


I do agree with John.


Nina Orlovskaya

16th September 2011


You mean backlash, as in...Werewolves? Lolz!


Daniel Bird

16th September 2011


I've also noticed that Don.
There's just way too much vampire stuff all around. I guess it's the whole immortality thing, and the sex appeal. People create a different version of what they think are vampires, and in reality they aren't kind, cautious or fall in love. But when it comes to fiction, there isn't really any rules as to how exactly you have to create a VAMPIRE. I think we have to break this cycle and create something different for once!


Karen Gomez

16th September 2011


That would be awesome, Karen. I believe, the one or maybe a group of people, who would came up with something new to replace vampires, but offer for the reader the same ides immortality and sex appeal, will grab the market.


Nina Orlovskaya

16th September 2011


I remember growing up reading spy novels. That was the glut back then. It will probably go full circle eventually just like John mentioned.


Harley Bailey

17th September 2011


I have read so many Vampire Novels in my life and none (since the days of Lestat - ANNE RICE) has anything truly caught me or amazed me. I was extremely bored with them (those emulators, fakers, wannabe's coming out with crap!) So, I asked myself, 'what kind of Vampire would I be? What wuold amaze me?" And then I simply started writing, trying my very best to do something utterly unique (not saying that my story hasn't been done before, but...) I have never come across anything that resembles mine in any way. Yet. I mean...how often do you come across a Vampire that by all accounts holds the fate of the world in his hands? A story that's told with enough eloquence and visual enterprise to hold its readers close, to keep them talking about it a long time after. And I have brought back a slew of characters that you all are familiar with: Lucifer (Satan) The Archangel Michael, Gabriel, Jesus...and God. (Christians are definitely gonna get upset at me, but I really don't give a damn. I was put here on this planet to write this book and share it with the world. And I'm going to do exactly that) My hope is that - and this is kind of wild - that one day I would like the world to look at my book and look at the book of Revelations in the Bible (my own theory on how man of 2000 years ago misinterpreted the things he was seeing with his less advanced thinking) and say to themselves. "Holy s***! I never saw that coming!"

Vampires will always be in. That hasn't changed in over 100 years. And right now people (Vampire Fans) are looking for something to completely blow them away! And I plan to do just that! So...for me...the BIG FASCINATION with Vampires is not in any way impeded or dead. No, quite the opposite. In fact...my mind is filled with them! Lolz!


Daniel Bird

16th September 2011


Daniel I think with the right polish your vampire story would be a lot like the "Lord of the Rings" of vampire stories. It's extremely detailed and the characters are really cool! The world you have created for them is epic. I especially like the back stories behind Ritaxes and David.

Only thing I would offer is that sometimes it winds off on a tangent and can lose the reader a little. It could do with a little culling and polish.


Harley Bailey

17th September 2011


Yeah, that part, I will leave up to the Editor. They usually have a good eye, (a good understanding) for what should stay and what should go. And I always cringe at the thought of how chopped up it will be when it gets back to me. But, I say, "Leave it to a pro to do a pro's job." I still cringe. Its actually quite frightening!


Daniel Bird

16th September 2011


Yes it must be quite daunting to hand your "baby" over to someone to carve through.


Harley Bailey

17th September 2011


Yeah it is crazy just, the idea of it...but if you can't trust the professionalism of someone else the very same way they have pride and trust in their skill, well then this is probably not the business to be in. But still...I think all writers must cringe when they ship their work off to be chopped up! It makes me nervous thinking about it. Oh and thanks for the confidence you have in my book, It means a great deal to me! Thanks Harley! I appreciate that!


Daniel Bird

16th September 2011


@Daniel: Do you write about Vampires because it is something that is VERY popular now, or do yo write about Vampires because that is a subject that you really enjoy writing about? I just finished reading another of your short stories, "The Devil and Two Dead Men Walked Me Home Tonight" and am blown away,(once again) with your talent. It reminds me of "The Road to Perdition" movie. I'm just wondering if you REALLY enjoy the Vampire thing?


Don Yarber

16th September 2011


I like vampires, I am a fan of the BLADE and UNDERWORLD series. I think the reason I am attracted to them is because of their dark world and uncontrolled hunger. I grew up around black magic and the like and have seen many strange things with my own eyes, so it fascinates me a lot.

But besides those two I have mentioned very few stories has kept my interest, it is such a watered down topic it gives me the impression it's the easiest thing to write. That any joe can write and get published, I know this is a business an all but it absolutely never cease to amaze me how some writers just gravitate to a certain genre or topic just because it sells well. You can instantly feel the generic and lack of heart as it seep into your blood, seems that's what books have come to.

But I enjoy books by writers who attach their lives to their writing, who pour their own pain and suffering into their stories and make it their own.


Robert Harris

16th September 2011


@Robert- I think you should give my first Chapter DEMI of "The Vampire Demi Nosferatu" a read. I think you will rather enjoy it. I have the utmost confidence in that it is unlike anything you have ever read in the Vampire world. Most Vampire books bore me in the first few pages, it sickens me, so I didn't want anybody feeling that way about my book. I have handed over one-thousand copies of the first chapter out and have received only ultimate praise and 100% of them are now waiting for it to be released.

I agree with you about writers who seem to gravitate to one particular Genre, which is why I feel that is absolutely important to cover all Genres, which I am always trying to do. Mostly I want all my stories to be so different from each other that my fans will come back again and again and again. At least that's the goal.


Daniel Bird

16th September 2011


i'm reminded of the old brady bunch tag line..."Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!" Need to change it to, "Vampires! Vampires! Vampires!" in the same voice. LMAO!!!


Aaron Greene

16th September 2011


I praise you Daniel, on your gravitation to cover all Genres. There is only one thing i believe somehow that mankind standing on the evolutionary cusp now, ant the human tree would split into many branches. evolutionary speaking, human mind is unlocked now and we are free to use it for limitless extend. ~ real experiment: tank full of water and fishes was divided with a glass, food was plentiful on both sides, and fishes were bumping into the glass wall. after a while glass was removed. food was left scarce in a populated area and plentiful on the other end of the aquarium, as you guess, no fish ever crossed non existing barrier.~ what i try to say, writers have an free pass into many minds, out readers, and by employing successfully and brilliantly different styles, we can show our reader that that line of limitation is non existing, and our minds are free to roammmmmmm


Nina Orlovskaya

16th September 2011


@Nina: yes it would be cool to break this cycle. I'm not against the whole idea of vampires. I had a story myself of them, and actually saw the character in my dreams, but I think something new is needed and soon. It will really draw people's attention. It's like creating some new ipad or something lol. A group is actually not that bad, many ideas will spark:)


Karen Gomez

16th September 2011


I am not a Vampire person, I am more a vampire slayer, but if we, as a group here can reinvent something, that would be fantastic


Nina Orlovskaya

16th September 2011


@Don- After a 9 hour work night, after another hour drive home, and after calling all my buddies to inform them that I had THE DEADLIEST WARRIOR "VAMPIRES VS. ZOMBIES" playing on my PVR and fighting a wall of sleep, and after making a couple of bets with them I just finished watching it and...I won. I chose the Vampires! When I was little there are three things I aspired to be when I grew up (and I used to tell people this all the time. My mom hated it.) But I used to tell people that I wanted to grow up to be a Tiger, God or...yup yup, you guessed it...a Vampire! Ever since I watched the old 1979 "Dracula" with Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier, alone in the dark after sneaking into the living room...I wanted to be a Vampire. I have been a fan of Vampires since I was 5 years old! And at 36...I still want to be a Vampire when I grow up! I hope that has answered your question.

HAPPY WRITING EVERYBODY!


Daniel Bird

16th September 2011


Personally, all the new vampire books are become cliche. Hell, vampires themselves are becoming cliche anymore. The only exception, IMO, would be Stephanie Meyer's vampires. They are hard as granite, as she described in her books, can walk in sunlight, though they DO need blood, they can survive on animal blood, and best of all...some can even gain SUPERPOWERS!! lol. And SM's vampires are the type i would most like to become, if i wanted to become a vampire. The stereotypical vamps are just boring anymore.


Aaron Greene

16th September 2011


Sorry to burst your little bubble Aaron, but my Vampire Novels are going to literally destroy hers. I tried reading her works for my daughter's sake and I tried and tried and couldn't get past the first few pages before thinking to myself, "I am so not having a good time!" And I wasn't, but I had the best time writing "The Vampire Demi Nosferatu." If you like Vampire Novels, and I mean quality Vampire Novels you should check my first chapter out, and make your own mind about my Vampire Demi.


Daniel Bird

16th September 2011


Eh, it's just that i look at the book section at wal-mart (cant get to a read book store at the moment) and all i see are vampire books, its seems like a get rich quick thing. write a good vampire series and rack in the dough. and shove aside the non vampire books cause they're NOT vampire books. I feel like it's the elite-ist club bashing the little guy for not joining them. "Oh, your not a vampire fan? You don't have a vampire book? Get away from us you scum!" Sorry, just my thoughts.

And don't worry Daniel, everyone likes busting my bubble. I got used to it. lol So good luck. :)


Aaron Greene

16th September 2011


Aaron I'm glad you're such a sport. Lolz! I'm not one to burst bubbles, but...I couldn't resist! Happy Writing Homes!


Daniel Bird

16th September 2011


Oh, i just remembered an old 80's movie. I loved this one, but at the time i didn't realize it was a vampire movie. Lifeforce. For those who don't know, it was a movie with, basically, alien vampires. Theye didn't drink blood, they just sucked the soul from ya. Then the victim would get up and suck the soul out of anyone who would be nearby. And so on. I think this would make for something interesting, a break from the normal blood suckers.

Just a thought.


Aaron Greene

16th September 2011


That's actually a cool idea!


Daniel Bird

16th September 2011


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