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Friday, January 19, 2007

Gotta love a vampire...

Can you ever have too many vampires? Interesting question since paranormal romances (particularly DARK paranormals) are so amazingly popular. Most people claim that the dark paranormal is the new historical.

And maybe so. God knows publishing is a big cycle. Historicals are huge for years, then contemporaries kill 'em off. Then contemporaries take a dive for chick-lit. Then chick-lit fall to paranormals.

So what's next? What's the trend headed our way? Who knows. You just can't predict those sorts of things!

But for now anyway, dark paranormals are here to stay and King of the Dark, is the Vampire--(Hence the picture of my favorite vamp, Spike). What is it about these guys that is so compelling? Is it the dark and broody nature of the beast? Or is it that they do what they want when they want and make no apologies for it?

From Christine Feehan's crabby Carpathians to Mary Janice Davidson's long suffering Sinclair, the vampire is more popular than ever. And it looks like there's no end in sight. So do you hate them as much as my mom does? Or do you have a dark yen for a pretty vamp all your own??


  • At 8:36 AM, Blogger Christie Ridgway said…

    Maureen: I confess I didn't really get the vampire thing and why it suddenly took off, even though I'd loved LKH's Jean-Claude in the early Anita Blake books (the series has gotten too out there for me now). But being the reader I am, I have read quite a few vamp books and enjoyed some.

    I like J.R. Ward's series a lot. I like Charlaine Harris's mystery series. Teresa Medeiros's last two historicals were great fun.

    I've been told the appeal is that the vamp has been waiting for you forever and is going to love you forever. Also, that he can be the ultimate bad boy because not only does he have issues, but he's not really a contemporary man even though he's living in contemporary times.

    I still have to skip over in my mind the drinking of blood though. Guess I'm squeamish!

  • At 12:21 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Christie, I never really got the Vampire thing, either! LOL...of course, Spike and Angel are different stories.

    But I loved Terri Medeiros' last two historicals. They were very fun. Love the Sookie mysteries. Love the Undead series..

    Always said I wouldn't write a vampire book, too! Then my Nocturne editor asked me to do a Vampire novella, and off I go!!

  • At 12:30 PM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said…

    Maureenie, so glad I dropped by. Love *your* new look. And I def want a vamp of my own. I'm a total paranormal addict. And I love my own addiction. But, you knew that, right?

    With Christie, I love The Black Dagger Brotherhood. Adn the early Jean-Claude. And I have a first edition of Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire which came out so long ago I was merely an infant at the time...

  • At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Barbs said…

    'm not a big fan of vampires at least none of the series I've read so far have gotten me to buy more than 2 or 3 but I'm still trying LOL

  • At 3:50 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Chris, thanks, I was ready for a change, too! And on the book front, well, you've got me. I'm not a big Rice fan..WAY too wordy for me! LOL....

    And barbs...LOL, you're still buying 2 or 3 in a series! And as a writer, I say Thank You!

  • At 7:12 AM, Blogger Sandra D said…

    Hi Maureen,

    Well I am a huge fan of the Undead Series...but I think that Mary Janice Davidson could make me laugh anyway...she thinks funny.

    I read the Medeiros novels and while I liked them I did not become a fan of the genre
    per se.

    I, for the most part like to read something that is going to have an ending that makes me sorry that the book ends.

    I like dialogue that has bite but necessairily in the neck. I guess humor really grabs me. Real life humor...snappy comebacks.quips..things that I can relate to.

    I have a very close friend that was an absolute Buffy the Vampire enthusiast...long before it became the "thing" to watch a few years back she was telling me to watch it.
    She said the writing was truly brilliant.
    Well it turns out that another friend...who I thought would be the last person to watch this series... forget psuedo...he is the epitome of "high brow intellectual"...was a huge fan as well! So go figure.

    My heart still will be forever Romance and humor intermixed.

    I am with your mom.


    p.s. I guess I got burned out as a kid when I watched Dark Shadows:-)

  • At 9:16 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Sandy....I'm with you, mostly. I too did the Dark Shadows thing! LOL, Barnabas was really NO one's idea of a gorgeous vamp, though!!

    My favorite kind of book is funny, sarcastic.....much like ME! LOL... So in that vein, do you read Evanovich?? You must!

    And I started watching Buffy the year it came on and was hooked instantly. BEST written show ever. Dialogue, plot lines, shades of gray characters, and WAY too many surprises! What's not to love? Now we've got all 7 DVD sets and watch them all the time!

  • At 12:17 PM, Blogger Erica Orloff said…

    Hi Maureen:
    I always went for the angst-ridden bad boy, so I guess count me in on the vampire-loving. :-) I've written 3 books with vampires now, and will have one in my new trilogy for Nocturne. I think it's that fearlessness of the darkness. Me? I still sleep with a light on. :-)

  • At 12:45 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Erica....LOL, I've got MY light on in the dark, too! Can't wait to read your new series for Nocturne!

    As for me, I'm venturing into my first Vampire Voyage--a novella for Nocturne!

  • At 2:16 PM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said…

    I love Spike and Angel! Buffy who?? LOL.

    I watch Bones and pretend he's still Angel...

    I just got the first J.R. Ward book and I can't wait to start it. It sounds so sexy and dark! This is funny because I so rarely read vampire books, yet this series appeals to me. Guess I'm slowly venturing deeper and deeper into vampire land. *g*

    I can't wait to read your vampire novella, Maureen!!

  • At 2:41 PM, Blogger Sandra D said…

    I do read Evanovich! I love that kind of spark!

    I think that after all these years I may just Netflix Buffy because that makes 3 very intelligent people that say the very same thing!.
    You all have different voices but same thoughts. Ok if get hooked on the series there is going to be hell to pay...

    Yes! I started reading your books..did I tell you that??
    I really enjoy your dialogue so much. No brown nosing I are funny!

    Kate is kidding huh...Barnabus and Angelique...remember:-)

    Ah...the days of my youth!


    Kate! Say you were kidding!!!

  • At 3:14 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Kate, I LOVE Bones!! And poor David Boreanaz, after years of being the gloomy, King of Pain Angel finally gets to have a sense of humor on the new show! But come on!!! play the show. Enough American Idol already! LOL...

    And Sandy, you will SOO be hooked on Buffy....the second season is still my favorite!!

  • At 3:16 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    PS Sandy, THANK YOU!! I'm really glad you're liking my books!! And you know, no matter how dark the subject matter, my sarcasm usually shines through!

  • At 3:32 PM, Blogger Dana Diamond said…

    I'm not much of a vamp fan. If I buy one, the vamp isn't the draw.

    With MJD, it was the humor. With Susan Squires, it was the lush sensuality. With Teresa Medieros, it was Teresa Medieros.

    I do love Spike though. I could see them coming together from a mile away. And from my armchair, I'd yell at the TV for the writers to get on with it already!

    :) d

  • At 6:38 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Oh yeah, Dana. Spike and Buffy were BOUND to happen. But LOVED the moment when he realized he loved her! LOLOL

    And hey, get your mom onto the Buffy DVD's!

  • At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I keep saying I don't read paranormal, but I did read the early Anita - I am with everyone who says they are way too out there for me now, I read MJD, loved Buffy and have read Maureen's Nocturnes. So I guess while I don't read a lot of paranormal, I do read some. And gosh darn it, I wish everyone would stop talking about JR Ward's series, it is making me seriously think about adding on to my TBR.


  • At 9:15 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hah! So Cady, you ARE a paranormal fan! LOL...and I'm with you. Seriously need to try Ward's series now...way too many reccomendations!

  • At 7:48 AM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said…

    Okay Sandy, I was kidding! *g*

    I also need to catch up on the Teresa Medeiros vampire series. And I hear Charlaine Harris is hilarious. Sigh. Need to build more bookshelves.

  • At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Maureen: I have got to say that I have been a huge fan of the vamps ever since I was a kid and saw the lost boys.And,I guess I got lucky on the mom thing because my mom loves them too.Infact, she takes all my Maggie Shayne twilight books.How cool is that since I'm 25 and she's 52.I just thoght I would let you know that the love of vamps are not just for the 20something crowd.


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