Thursday, November 15, 2012

Is the vampire craze really over? Guest blog by Rhiannon Paille

Is the vampire craze really over?

The last twilight movie is out today, or tomorrow for some of you, and with it the end of an interesting if not, controversial empire. Stephenie Meyer began as most authors do with an idea in her head and a lot of hope in her heart. The first Twilight movie was meant as an indie film, but it captivated teenage audiences everywhere and made them fall in love with vampires-- sparkly vampires. 

Of course, older generations had already been in love with vampires and preferred the deeper affections of Lestat, Blade, and Angel. We fondly remember The Bronze, and Spike. And keeping with any vampire tradition you can't have vampires without werewolves, witches, and demons. Oz and Willow were by far, awesome members of the "scooby gang."

Twilight redefined vampire culture, attempting to be classic while also being romantic. The books succeeded in pulling us into Bella's shoes and making us contemplate the idea of becoming a vampire. I don't think that the idea of becoming something demonic and misunderstood is going to leave society. 

Just because Twilight is ending doesn't mean we're done with vampires. 

In fact, it means we have more choice. Vampire books have become a craze in the book world since Twilight took off, spawning a number of series with many different takes on vampires. I'm listing my top 5 series.
1. Jeanine Frost, Night Huntress Series
2. Laurel K. Hamilton, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series
3. Kristin Cast / P.C. Cast, House of Night Series
4. Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy
5. Rachel Caine, The Morganville Vampires

All of these series have something unique and different, along with plenty of books in the series to catch onto. If you're quite finished with the Twilight craze, but not done with vampires, look around, there's a lot more out there that can bite you.


The Ferryman and The Flame Book 1
Rhiannon Paille

Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 978-1480029859

Number of pages: 402
Word Count: 100k

Cover Artist: Marc Wolfe

Review copies available on Netgalley:

Book Description:

How far would you go to save everything you ever loved? 

Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn't listen, and because of what she is-- a Flame-- one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

 About the Author:

Rhi was never a normal girl. Her life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror. To escape her everyday weirdness she began writing fantasy. She studied at U of Sedona and MIMT, obtaining a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. She’s married to a chef/comic book shop owner and she has a fondness for architecture. She frequents twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know her you should visit her site:


Roxanne Rhoads said...

Two of my favorites too:

1. Jeanine Frost, Night Huntress Series
2. Laurel K. Hamilton, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series

I think there will be always be those who love vampires. I did long before Twilight was ever thought of and will continue to adore all things fanged.

I think many fans are the same way- and there are those who fell in love with vampires because of the Twilight craze. True fans will continue to devour any vampire/paranormal fiction while those who follow trends will wander off to the next "big thing"

Rhiannon Paille said...

I'm partial to the other series that have been turned into television shows, like the Sookie Stackhouse books and the Vampire Diaries.

I know! But hey I like Ian Somerhalder . . . because ahem . . . yum!

Mary Kirkland said...

I like all of those series you mentioned but I also love the Dark series by Christine Feehan.

Oh and Ian somerhalder....YUM!!

I can only hope the vampire craze isn't over, I happen to love all the vampires in the books and shows right now.

Rhiannon Paille said...

For me, I'm okay with whatever species it is, vampire, angel, faerie, ferryman, as long as the guy is hot as h and packs a wicked punch!

Bad boys ladies . . . but that's another post altogether!

Vyrdolak said...

Only the current "vampire craze" is slowly winding down. This is at least the third that I've lived through, after the Dark Shadows mania which was at its height from 1968 to 1970, and the Anne Rice juggernaut of the 1980s and early 90s (after which it, too receded although the books kept coming). I suppose the very first "vampire craze" occurred in the 1840s with the runaway success of the serialized "penny dreadful," Varney the Vampyre, and equally successful stage plays loosely based on the 1819 short story, "The Vampyre."

Vampires will never go out of style--they're too complex and too adaptable to the culture producing the fiction, and I doubt humans will ever stop being interested in death, the afterlife, and the possibility of immortality. I'm betting my small press on it. :)