We can’t deny that the fascination with vampires in literature is old and complex. Vampires represent the darker, repressed side of human nature and society. Death, immortality, violence, deviant sex—all the things we’re supposed to shy away from—but secretly long for—are major components of vampires in fiction. Well, until Meyer came along with sparkles and vamps who don’t drink human blood.
Now, Stephenie Meyer, despite turning these glorious monsters into teenage clichés, has injected a much-needed jolt of life into the paranormal genre with her impossibly successful Twilight Saga. For this, she gets major points. However, when comparing vampires of yesterday and today, which author comes out on top; the dark, tortured souls that inhabit Anne Rice’s fantasy world, or the glittery heartthrobs that torture teenage dreams of Twihards worldwide?
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