Okay, so from an earlier post you’ll probably know where I stand on the whole Twilight farce. But the thing that annoys me the most is that Meyer has destroyed the credibility of one of horror’s and mythology’s most feared and dangerous creatures.
Way before I read Twilight and way before it exploded I started writing a book. And yes it has vampires in it, properly evil vampires that would rip out your throat as soon as looking at you.
I’ve always been fascinated by them, not in an obsessed ‘oh my god I want to be one’ sort of way just a ‘they’re kind of cool despite the fact that if they were real they’d kill me’ way. I mean there’s this book in Waterstone’s that I’ve had my eye on for a while. It’s an encyclepedia of vampires and I want it mainly because my knowledge on them is pretty limited.
Their mythology is always awesome and I think that they’re definitely one of the most evil things created in literature, and they’ve constantly evolved.
Bram Stoker made an almost perfect villain with the daylight fearing, mirror avoiding Dracula and so many people have been adding their own little quirks to the creature.
Anne Rice came along and made it a crime for vampires to kill another vampire (the film was the first I heard of this, sadly I haven’t managed to read the books yet). Kelley Armstrong then added the fact that vampires only need to kill once a year to survive and actually gave them an expiry date too.
Joss Whedon then created Buffy which came complete with this whole history concerning slayers and how it’s their destiny to kill vampires. The whole concept of a vampire with a soul flared up too.
And then Meyer came along, took away the fear of sunlight and (almost) took away their thirst for blood. She stripped them of all their formidable mystique, took away everything that made them great.
And is if to add insult to injury she made them sparkle. Yeah, sparkle. I mean what the hell does that do for them. They only sparkle in the daylight so it’s not even like they could light a dark room up for anyone.
Now the only reason I can think of for this is that she has a fascination for glitter like the fascination I have for vampires.
Because of her I am ashamed to say that I’m writing something that includes vampires. Because of her I refuse to watch True Blood and all the other vampire centric stuff that is about.
I started this book before the bandwagon came rolling about and now I’m tempted to give it up because I’m loath to jump on it as it trundles past.
Thankfully I’ve got a few other ideas that I’m working on. But the story with the vampires in it was the first thing I was properly passionate about. I enjoyed writing stuff for the characters and a background for the whole story.
And I know I shouldn’t give a damn about what people might think…but my worst nightmare would be getting compared to Meyer. I’d consider it an insult considering she doesn’t understand the first thing about plots… or decent characters…or vampires for that matter.
Anyway, I’m kind of hoping that the hype about vampires will die down soon, I’m actually really starting to get sick of them.