In our November After Dark posts we like to talk about one of our favourite genres; Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. What these two genres have in common is that they tend to feature all the sexy creatures that go bump (and like to hump) in the night. Is there anything as sexy as a vampire who can’t wait to get his fangs in to you? Or a shifter desperate to chase you down? Or even a fae waiting to seduce you? Apparently not, as we girls at Under the Covers lap this up. Whether the shifter is out to love you up and wear you down with orgasms, like a classic PNR, or if the evil vampire wants to drain you dry like you may find in a UF, either way we can’t get enough of our creature features.
Today, we are looking at vampires, the books we loved, the books we loathed and trying to pinpoint what exactly it is about vampires that we can’t get enough of. Vampires are one of the most popular beasties to crop up, and not only in romance, we love the thought of these denizens of the night; they are dark, they are broody, they look fantastic in black leather and more importantly they need your love to see them through a weary eternity.
Of course the most famous depiction of a vampire is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, whose main character is based on the historical figure Vlad the Impaler who has his own tragic history. However, vampires have moved on a little since the 18th century. No longer are they living in dreary castle wearing red lined cloaks and morphing into bats, think less Bram Stoker’s Dracula and more Joss Whedon’s Angel. They have traded their cloaks in for black leather and their castle and coffin for decadent beds and fancy apartments with indoor plumbing. These are the vampires we know and lust after, PNR has changed vampires from the monster under your bed, to a monster in bed and I love every sexy bite.
I am making sweeping generalisations here of course (but it’s my post and I can generalise if I want to!) I can think of a few books, UF mainly, where the vampires are still stuck in their castles, although they do have indoor plumbing, and are still the big bad that you don’t want to be meeting in a dark alley. That’s the beauty about vampires, all you have to have is the fangs and the blood drinking. They are versatile, they can be the gorgeous hero who likes to take a sexy sip or they can be the evil villain who wants to drain your blood and keep humans in farms. And sometimes this can all be in the same book.