I’m in the middle of an old L.J. Smith trilogy this week, the first three in her YA “Night World” series. Yes, more book bribery from my YA author/critique partner over at Wastepaper Prose. It’s a vampire book, which I’d normally avoid since my work-in-progress also has to do with vampires. But this series, which is more than 10 years old now, has more of those cute little vampires that trot around in the sunlight and try to stay away from drinking human blood. Emasculated vampires, in other words 🙂
But over dinner Saturday a friend and I were talking about vampires and why she won’t read vampire books anymore–first, urban fantasy isn’t her favorite genre and, second, Twilight and the emasculation and overexposure of vampires has her sick to death of them. She worries that by the time my current WIP gets finished and (fingers crossed) actually makes it to publication, nobody but nobody will want to read anything to do with vampires.
Still, I plod along, writing with vampire blinders on, knowing that werewolves became the “new vampires” and now angels seem to be “the new vampires.”
I asked my agent if she thought vampires were a dead genre–heh. Her answer: “A good story will always sell, and a good vampire story will always sell.”
Are you sick of vampires, or do you think they’ve run their course?