okay.  i am pretty sure that the whole vampire craze is pretty much dunzo.  i mean, true blood is still fantastic, and i keep meaning to get around to all those sookie stackhouse novels, and i guess breaking dawn the movie (the mere thought of which makes my head go pffffft in ways both good and bad) is set to come out sometime soon.  and edward’s hair is still glorious:

but i’m still content to say that vampers are not as hot of a topic as they were last year.  which is good, because although i still love them, i am getting kind of sick of them.  here’s a reason why:

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening, by LJ Smith

Elena Gilbert is the girl every boy wants and every girl wants to be—until meets Stefan, a mysterious new student at Robert E. Lee High School who will not give her the time of day.  What Elena doesn’t know is that Stefan is hiding some deep secrets about his identity: in reality, he is a 500-year-old vampire, and he is deeply attracted to her.  As Elena continues her quest to win Stefan, mysterious violent occurrences begin to plague the town, and when Stefan finally gives in to his feelings for Elena, dangerous and sexy Damon arrives on the scene, determined to have her for his own.

The first in a series of four novels, The Awakening ends on a cliffhanger and potential for a deadly love triangle.  Originally written in the early 1990s, this series was re-released in 2007 after the great success of Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight series.  The Vampire Diaries presents the same vampire formula, but with a self-centered and aloof female lead with whom few can identify.  The only character who stirs any interest is Bonnie, Elena’s clairvoyant friend, who seems to have a strong link to the supernatural world.   The diary entries that sprinkle the text seem gimmicky, and don’t really provide the reader with much more of a glimpse into Elena’s psyche than the third person narration does.  Smith’s diary entries and flashbacks call to mind a watered-down version of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire.  As a strong supporter of most things vampire (the Blue Bloods series is my personal choice for teen vampire fare), I am confident in my belief that The Vampire Diaries, with its contrived plot and flat characters, does not provide readers with the excitement and titillation that we’ve come to expect from this genre.

three final things:

  • no, i’ve never seen the vampire diaries tv show.
  • i am not sure i ever will.
  • yes, i did just say the word “titillation.”



One thought on “vampires!

  1. theredmenaceeats

    Ha, I love it! Apparently the Vampire Diaries (VD? Igh.) show is popular with a certain set of YA writers. But that said, I’ve never seen it. As you know, vampires rate pretty low on my “Great Monsters” list – only mummies are lower (BORING).


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