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Why do vampires still fascinate? May 24, 2009

Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
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In books, TV series and movies, vampires have been around forever — no pun intended! (Who remembers “Dark Shadows”??!!) Writer Eric Lewis with Canada’s Times & Transcript asked  Mount Allison University associate professor of English Deborah Wills, a cultural studies scholar and horror fan,  why the bloodsuckers are so popular.

"The Vampire" by Edvard Munch

"The Vampire" by Edvard Munch

For teens, she says the current stories — such as the TWILIGHT series, may in some ways mimic their emotional lives:

“In many ways, there is a literalization of teenage concerns that shows up in the vampire story, The emotional intensity of the relationship with the vampire matches the intensity of how it feels to have your first real love affair. Your first real love, it really feels like life and death.” (To read the entire article CLICK HERE.)

Of course, for those of us not suffering from teen angst, the stories are just plain fun, sexy , scary and magical. The latest release in the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, DEAD AND GONE, is No. 3 on The New York Times Best Sellers List of hardcover fiction. (The  HBO series, “True Blood,” based on her vampire novels, kicks off season 2 on June 14.)

And — for more insights into vampires, look for my interview this week with Susan Squires, whose next book, TIME FOR ETERNITY, is due out in September.

CLICK HERE for Publishers Weekly’s take on the genre (paranormal vs urban fantasy etc).


1. Diana McCabe - May 24, 2009

Vampire or werewolf? Which do you like better? I’ve read more vamp books/series than Were so I’m going with vamps.

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