Thursday, October 29, 2009

Vampire Fiction On Its Way Out?

Last week I found an article in Publisher's Weekly that caught my attention and got my blood boiling. You can read the article in its entirety here.

An excerpt:

Vampires may live forever, but the recent vampire trend in YA fiction won’t. Author Michael Grant, for one, is “sick to death of vampires,” and he is not alone. But when one hugely popular trend ends, what will take its place? Some readers have their fingers crossed for postapocalyptic fiction.

Grant, along with fellow authors Scott Westerfeld, Carrie Ryan, and James Dashner, gathered with fans at Barnes & Noble on Manhattan’s Upper East Side last Thursday to discuss their latest books, as well as the future of this “bleak future” genre.

I'm a huge fan of post-apocalyptic fiction but...

1. Vampires have been popular in fiction longer than Dracula by Bram Stoker has been around. They were popular in YA fiction before Twilight, and I think they will continue to be popular because there will always be a following for the genre. The hype will die down, eventually.

2. "Bleak future" has been a genre for a long time as well. Like anything, it will also have its high and low points in popularity.

3. If I was an author in the "bleak future" genre, I'd tell people my work was the next big thing, too.

What do you think?


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  2. Vampires will never go away. They'll just head to the shadows for a while.

    I adore bleak future tales.

    I think angels will be the next big thing.

    Fun topic :)

  3. Post apocalyptic = love.

    I think you are right about vampires (and I'm glad you know about them being popular longer than Dracula!)

    Have ou ever seen any animes with vampires? (I probably should have suggested the topic before the last day in October). Do you like/have you seen any anime?

  4. Juju, I think you're right about angels being the next big thing. But I'm not sure how I feel about that. I think of angels as such high beings that they can't be bothered with falling in love with mortals. There are Nephilim, and they tend to be scary. If the angel fad is a dark one, I'll get behind it.

    Heather, I've been watching anime/reading manga since I was 8! I've always liked Vampire Hunter D and Hellsing. Do you like any pre-Dracula vampire fiction? My favorite is Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu.