Vampire Lore

StokerI find it amazing how many different ways authors can put their own twist on the vampire stories. We have the ever favorite (and original) Dracula by Brams Stoker, of course, in which vampires are heartless killers, cannot go into sunlight, see themselves in mirrors and turn into bats. That’s just a few myths, of course, but that has pretty much set the tone for a lot of future novels which feature vampires.

I’m not sure who was the first to deviate from this tried and true scenario, but now we have as many interpretations as there are authors. I personally find them fascinating. We have Stephanie Meyers’ version in which her vampires can go out in sunlight, although they’re sparkly, usually drinks animal blood in keeping with thei “vegetarian-ish” lifestyle and aren’t the insatiable killers as portrayed by Stoker. We then have Jeanniene Frost’s interpretation in which the vampires use those old myths as a cover to disguise their race, although none of them are true. These vampires are able to go out in sunlight (although they may get a sunburn with extensive exposure), they can move at a high speed, older ones can fly and a few “masters” have special abilities such as telekinesis, able to start fires, or read minds. Their sense of smell and hearing are also ultra-sensitive.

SylvanI’m currently reading a new author that I recently discovered, Dianne Sylvan, whose vampires follow many of the Stoker myths in that they cannot see themselves in the mirror (which must be a bitch when applying makeup), will combust in daylight, and can be killed with a wooden stake … although decapitation apparently works just as well.

Now, I’m not fanatical about the original vampire myths and actually find it fascinating how these authors manage to make it work for them. I’m certainly not buying into all the variations … hell, more than one book has hit the wall when the author has failed to draw me into their world, but the different takes on the original stories certainly makes the books interesting. I think if every author stuck with the Stoker version, it would get downright boring.

What do you think? Are you fanatical about sticking with the original Dracula stories, or are you open to the countless personal versions currently out there? And if so, give me a few of your favorites.

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Liz Kreger writes science fiction/romances and to date, has two books published by Samhain Publishing ... FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW and PROMISE FOR TOMORROW. Liz is presently branching out to contemporary paranormals and is experimenting with urban fantasy.
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10 Responses to Vampire Lore

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Since vampires were created in fiction, it doesn’t bother me that the author changes it. It’s like giving 100 designers the same house to furnish, and maybe quite a few will go traditional, some contemporary, some formal, some rustic, and some crazy. lol

    My favorite is Liz Kreger’s vamps! I hope you get your books out soon for more people to read.

    • Liz Kreger says:

      You really think vampires are fiction, Edie? They’re real, y’know. 😉

      Thanx for the shout out about my very own vampire story. Really gotta get off my butt and do a final revision of that puppy and send it off to Natalie.

  2. Misty Evans says:

    Great post, Liz. I never get tired of vampire stories. I’m a big Jeaniene Frost fan, and I liked the first books in the Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill. I also love Cynthia Eden’s vamps and werewolves. Yummy.

    • Liz Kreger says:

      You’re a woman after my own heart, Misty. Loooove Frost’s books. Cannot wait for the next.

      I had the pleasure of meeting Chloe Neill at the Greenfield B&N a couple of years ago. I enjoy her books as well, although that one was a bit of a klinker. Can’t remember which one … the fifth one, I think. Even she admitted it wasn’t her best work, but the subsequent books made up for them.

  3. Amy says:

    I have to say I am not a huge vampire fan, but tend to like the books where vamps can go out in sunlight. it is kind of funny because I was so on Team Edward instead of Team Jacob. Now it is shifters, angels and even demons that I tend to gravitate to. I think in either Cynthia’s or Misty’s books vampires lose their strength during the day or in sunlight (sorry I can’t remember which one of you mentions that, ladies!). I prefer them to be as human-like as possible, as then they are more real to me. However, it’s all about the story. If you can make it work for the story, I don’t care about the details. 🙂
    Amy`s last blog was …Character Interview & Giveaway: LOVE HIM OR LEAVE HIM by Sara Daniel

    • Liz Kreger says:

      Then you’d love Jeanniene Frost’s books, Amy. If you haven’t read her series, I highly recommend them.

      If you’re into demons, then you gotta check out Darynda Jones’ series. Very humorous and well written.

  4. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Liz,

    After swearing to never write a vamp story then creating the Family Blood Ties series for my daughter – I know they have a mind of their own. Lol. But writing them was like nothing else for me. I’m glad they’ve been as popular as they have been so I can keep them going – honestly, they are just pure fun to write!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Contests & Giveaways!

    • Liz Kreger says:

      I agree, Dale. It is fun to write stories in which you can basically make your own rules. I mean … who’s to say you’re wrong?

      I do find it amazing at how long the genre is holding in popularity. You’d think they would have cycled out by now. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, since I have a vampire story nearly ready to peddle. 😉

  5. I’d say I pretty much a traditionalist when it comes to vamps, but I like a little twist here and there too, if it’s done right. 😉
    Karin* Tabke aka Harlow!`s last blog was …CAPA Winner!

    • Liz Kreger says:

      True, Karin. The author has to make it “believable” in order to hold my interest. As I mentioned above, more than one book has hit the wall (figuratively speaking since I try out new authors on my Nook and would never throw my darlin’ against the wall. 😀 )

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