If You Liked Twilight You Might Like This!
Let’s face it, right now; the world seems to have Twilight fever. Teenage girls that probably had never even heard of, much less considered going to, Comic Con stormed the Twilight panel in San Diego. Meanwhile, the movie stormed into the number one slot, pushing James Bond himself to number two in the US box office. But if after reading Breaking Dawn, and having seen the new movie (numerous times), you’re left with that empty feeling that you can only get when you’ve invested so much time, energy and love in a set of characters, and you’re thinking: What now? Consider this: Before Bella and Edward, there were a few other vampire stories that are definitely worth checking out!
Blood & Chocolate & Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
Neither Blood & Chocolate nor Silver Kiss are connected, but they are two great examples of the teen horror/romance genre. In Silver Kiss, 16 year old Zoe finds herself all alone as her mother lies in a hospital bed dying of cancer, and her father is too wrapped up in his troubles to worry about his daughter’s well being. She meets the mysterious Simon. He, too, is a loner, and quickly becomes someone she can tell her troubles to, but he also holds a dark secret. As Zoe soon learns, Simon is a vampire, there to avenge the death of his mother. I won’t give anymore away except to say that this one will have you bawling! In Blood & Chocolate, Klause tackles Werewolves. Vivian is a werewolf, part of the Loups-garoux tribe living in the US. After her father dies in a fire trying to save people, Vivian finds herself at a new school. Though she is still with her tribe, she finds herself feeling like an outsider, that is until she meets a human “meat-boy” named Aiden.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Personally, the second season of Buffy is the epitome of tragic human-vampire love story. But Buffy isn’t just any human. She’s the Slayer. Buffy was created to fight vampires. And the solitary Angel isn’t just any vampire either. For Angel is a vampire cursed with a soul. And if Angel feels just one moment of pure happiness, he loses his soul, and the evil vampire Angelus is unleashed in his body. Talk about feelings that you can’t act on! Oh and by the way, did I mention that Buffy and the Scoobies kick butt… a lot?
Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
Lets face it, if you’re gonna do sexy vampire, do it right, and Anne Rice is the way to go. Before Rice, vampires mostly meant Count Dracula turning into a bat. The vampires in Anne Rice’s novels are brilliant, sexy, and sophisticated creatures of the night. The Vampire Chronicles’ main character, Lestat is intriguing; he is vain, defiant and yet shows signs of altruism. It’s hard to talk about any one particular idea in the Vampire Chronicles since it does cover some ten novels, with potential still for more to come, but if you like vampires you have to read Anne Rice.
The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike
The Last Vampire series chronicles the life of Sita (Alisa Perne), a 5000 year old vampire, telling her story from ancient times up until modern day. Not entirely evil, but not entirely good, she recounts tales of her glory days with a large heaping of mythology thrown in. Her story involves fierce battles and great loves. She is the last vampire to walk the earth. Or so she believes. Again, this six book series packs so much story in it, it would be difficult to detail any particular moments, but it certainly does not disappoint.
This HBO series follows the co-existence of humans and vampires (due to the recent invention of synthetic blood) in a small Louisiana town. The series follows telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse as she meets and falls in love with vampire Bill Compton. Sookie is an outsider in this small town, cursed with the ability to hear other people’s thoughts she finds herself drawn to Bill, partly due to the fact that vampires are unreadable to her.
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