A few years ago, international bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduced the world to a dreamy (this is questionable...) vampire named Edward Cullen. Little did she know, it would create a world of frenzy amongst preteen girls around the globe. Furthermore, the "birth" of the Twilight saga also created a whole new genre of entertainment in which vampire books were being turned into movies and TV Shows left, right, and centre. The Vampire Diaries, Darren Shan, and True Blood to name a few.
Don't get me wrong, I too was bitten by the Twilight bug and found it's cheesiness, terrible writing and predictable story line rather entertaining. But, I found it ironic that vampires only started to get popular after they began to sparkle, feed on forest animals and prey on poor teenage girls in their sleep. What ever happened to the dangerous yet loveable vampires that slept in coffins, bit necks and killed simply for the fun of killing?
I just watched the movie adaptation of "Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" last weekend. I had read the first book from the Darren Shan saga several years ago, but never got around to finishing the entire series. Even though there was something "cute" about this movie, being that Darren Shan was an innocent little child being transformed into a vampire, I found the story line somewhat refreshing. Nowadays, vampires seem to be more interested in love than their usual naughty antics. Darren Shan tried it's best to stray away from this.
On a side note, I like how everybody says The Vampire Diaries, True Blood and Cirque Du Freak are "Twilight copies" when these books actually came out LONG before the Twilight books.
Love 'em, or hate 'em, vampires are here to stay. Whether they sparkle or kill, leave a comment and let me know what your take is on this new vampire craze.
PS, The Vampire Diaries is my own personal guilty pleasure!