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!

Dragon*Con 2012 – We’ll be there!

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Dragon*Con 2012 is right around the corner and both Greg and myself will be there in the Artist Alley. We will have separate booths, but we will be very excited to have you drop by and say hello (and buy something). Aside from us, there are going to be some amazing guests this year; Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, and Jewel Staite (Firefly), John Barrowman and Eve Myles (Torchwood), a bunch of actors and actresses from Star Trek and many other awesome shows. They’ll also have some amazing artists and authors.

This Atlanta convention covers everything from comics, sci-fi, pirates, crafts, steampunk, anime, manga, and Renaissance. And you can bet your bottom there’s going to be some fabulous cosplayers there! Don’t miss it!

A Smattering of Vampires in Graphic Novels

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Hi folks! I was planning on doing a big post of Vampires in Print Comics, but that’s kinda even more huge than I thought. So I think what I’ll do is a continuing series of posts about my fave vampire and genre comics, and also movies, TV shows, webcomics, plus whatever other stuff I run across. I’ll start with three graphic novel series and post more later. I’ll keep it short so there are no spoilers. :)

First off, one of my favorite comic artists Emma Vieceli, is working on the Vampire Academy graphic novels. The adaptation is written by Leigh Dragoon, from the Richelle Mead novels. Having not read the prose novels I wasn’t sure what I was getting into but I really like the first one. Yeah, it’s high school stuff, which is very hit-and-miss for me, but it wasn’t the angsty teen drama type story that I can’t stand. It’s a bit of action, romance, and drama all rolled up into one nicely-paced package. Simply titled: Vampire Academy: A Graphic Novel, the first book has been out for a while. The second book, Frostbite: A Graphic Novel is available for pre-order now. (And I can’t wait until it gets here!)

One of my all-time favorite series may be a little harder to find, since it was released years ago from the defunct (as far as I’m concerned) Tokyopop. The Japanese title is “Hitsuji no Uta” but was released in English as “Lament of the Lamb“. This is really more of a psychological thriller with horror overtones, but it’s so well written and creepily drawn that I love it. THAT is the kind of horror I like, not splatter and gore.

Another series I am liking a lot is Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The Dark-Hunters with art by Claudia Campos, and adapted by Joshua Hale Fialkov. There is an extremely complicated mythology at work here and Fialkov has done a great job whittling it down and still keeping it well-paced. This is a fun series to read. I’ve heard the novels are fairly erotic, I haven’t read them, but the graphic novels are easily PG-13.