Vampire fiction bites.
Not because it's bad. It's just crowding everything else out of the market.
Dear Edward Cullen and all wannabes: please, take it easy for a while. Can you pull a Luke Skywalker and disappear to the vampire equivalent of Dagobah just so I can walk through my local bookstore and library without tripping over another vampire book? Please?
(Why yes, I am a nerd. How could you tell?)
To be fair, the whole genre is called Paranormal Fiction, with subgenres like vampire, werewolf, fairy, and ghost subsets. Plus a bunch of others. I'm not going to offer an opinion on any of these (except to say Aprilynn Pike's book Wings is great) because my opinion of the content doesn't matter. What I'm offering is an opinion on the VOLUME of this stuff out there. I listened to an editor the other day say that there's no end in sight, either. They're looking to buy books now that won't be coming out for another couple of years.
I should probably just buckle my seat belt and deal with it, but it's getting near impossible to find anything else but vampires, vampires, vampires.
I like small stories, well-told. I keep getting fanged epics. Or I don't, actually, because I don't buy or check them out. (*Er, hold that thought.)
Still, there's hope out there. I loved Janette Rallison's releases last year. And I just got my hands on Becca Wilhite's newest (giveaway coming soon!).
But I'm developing a strange tic that worries me and I don't know if I'll survive until the eventual fizzle of this super-hot-genre. Any time I come across another vampire book, I feel the overwhelming urge to kick something. Or someone. Maybe Sookie Stackhouse. Maybe an innocent Barnes and Noble employee. Maybe the oblivious librarian in the YA section of the library.
Hey, I'm not saying it's right. I'm just being real, yo. That's why I said yo. It's such an accurate reflection of the way I speak every day.
Anyway, I have to go. I've got a book to read that's not about vampires in a pile that I worked long and hard to cull from the library last night. (*And I still ended up with a stupid vampire book somehow. But I'm putting it last before the due date and if I don't get to it, don't cry for me, Argentina!)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Vampire fiction bites.