Friday, November 19, 2010

Sinking my teeth into vampire fiction: a beginner's journey

Posted by lea at 3:12 PM

I started my foray into vampire fiction with Matt Haig's The Radleys, which I really enjoyed. I think that, combined with the fact that I'm stalled on J in my Great Library Challenge (shakes fist at James Joyce), have contributed to my new challenge: read and compare vampire fiction.

Someone in my book club mentioned that the True Blood TV series is based on a book series that wasn't too bad, so I've borrowed book one from that series (Dead after Dark by Charlaine Harris). Someone else suggested the classic Dracula (hang on, is dracula a vampire? are they the same things?) or maybe it was Interview with a Vampire. Yeah that sounds more like it. But my dracula question remains.

Maybe... just maybe I might even give Stephanie Meyers a go. Maybe.


Injera on November 19, 2010 at 8:35 PM said...

I have been meaning to read Dracula for ages - in my last classic Penguins haul I picked up a copy, but then went with Frankenstein as my Halloween read.

I think Drac is the original - archetypal? - vampire...

Haven't read any others, but adore (adore!) watching Buffy.

Fred Bloggs! on November 24, 2010 at 2:56 PM said...

Hi Lea,
Is Dracula a vampire? Is the Pope catholic?
Trust me - you don't want Stephanie Meyer for your M author. I thought Twilight was rubbish and though I'm told the subsequent ones weren't quite so bad, I wasn't tempted. But you will be spoiled for choice when you get to M. Here are some ideas:
Mann - The Magic Mountain
McCall Smith - Morality for beautiful women (have to read this because I love the title so much!) or any others
Mailer - Ancient Evenings
Mankell - Chronicler of winds (I've heard he's better than that OTHER Swedish thriller writer!)
Maguire - Wicked
Mitchell - Cloud Atlas
Moorhouse - Grand Days
Marchetta - Looking for Alibrandi
Marsden - Tomorrow, when the war began (I know these are teen fiction authors but their stuff is great).

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