My husband and children think I’m obsessed with vampires. It’s true that over the past year I have read some books about the undead but since I read voraciously, going through a large number of books in a twelve month period, I hardly think that reading one or two (or 15) books dealing with vampires constitutes obsessive behavior. Let’s be honest, though, vampires have become a lot more interesting lately. We’re no longer talking Bela Lugosi or even Gary Oldman type vampires. We’re talking more GQ vampires.
It all started with the “Twilight” series. The young girls at the school I work in began drooling over Edward Cullen and the Twilight books and since I have a tween daughter who might soon be interested as well, I thought I should see what all the fuss was about. The first book led to the second and I was hooked. The movies I could live without, but the books, couldn’t put them down. After that a fellow bookworm suggested the Ann Rice vampire series and I tried, but they just didn’t do it for me. So I kept searching for another “undead high”. My nephew, who is also into the weird and unusual (book-wise, at least) kept telling me about a series of books the HBO show “True Blood” was based on. Enter Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse books. I read all ten in the series during summer break. A couple I read more than once. What can I say….Eric Northman is one hot vampire. Don’t take my word for it, buy the book.
Lately, I’ve become hooked on a new SYFY channel series called “Being Human”. The main character is (you guessed it) a vampire. To be fair, he shares a house with a werewolf and a ghost so there is a little diversity here. My family has learned not to talk to me or walk through the room when it’s on. This has probably fueled that whole “obsessive” thing. “What’s the appeal?” they ask and I’ve thought about it, really. Maybe it’s just that the whole subject matter is so far removed from my everyday life (I mean I really don’t want to read a book about a fortysomething wife and mother living in the suburbs-I could write that book, but after all, who would want to read it?) Vampires, werewolves, wizards, elves and hobbits. Now that stretches the imagination. That entertains and helps us see beyond our world and into the unknown. That’s entertainment. And that’s what I want to experience every time I open the pages of a book. I’m sure I’ll move on to other topics soon. Untill then, anyone have any recommendations?