Pet peeves in vampire literature.

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So, I’ve been thinking about this off and on about writing in general, but thought it would be fun to pose the question here with the specifics of vampires. What are some of your pet peeves in vampire literature and movies? Is there something that tends to get done over and over that just rubs you the wrong way? A certain portrayal? A power or handicap that doesn’t jibe.

Personally, I find what irritates me is not so much with the writing itself. It has more to do with rules of one book’s universe used to judge all other books of the genre which are unconnected with that book. An example is “The Three Laws of Robotics” being used to suggest someone else who writes about robots MUST apply the three laws rule to stories about robots even if it is not being written about that author’s universe. I see the same with vampire stories. A vampire “can’t” do this or a vampire “won’t” do that. You’re writing vampires “wrong” or something like that. The truth is, vampires are not real. They’re fiction and while there are certain myths about them, the author can play with the base mythology as they see fit.

I think that’s what first attracted me to Love is in the Blood. It doesn’t follow the European vampire lore, so it can escape all of those trappings. If someone tells us we’re doing vampires wrong, we can tell them these AREN’T your normal vampires. They stem from a completely different mythology and why not give it a look!

Yeah, so, looking forward to hearing your thoughts!