Long Live Vampires!

Temple West’s debut novel Velvet came out on Tuesday, and I could not be more excited for a brand new story centered around vampires to hit the shelves! It has been a really long time since I read a good vampire book. Just a few years ago I couldn’t step into my favorite bookstore or library without picking up a new vampire-centric story and now I am reduced to hoarding them away for special occasions. I finally got a chance to read Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown last September, but I haven’t cracked the spine on another vampire story since and I miss them.

I know what you all are thinking right now, some combination of “Down with Vampires” and “Good Riddance,” but I just can’t quit them. And for good reason!

First, without vampires (and some other generally awful creatures of the underworld) I would not have been introduced to some incredibly amazing kick-ass female characters, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So in a way, to me, vampire equals Girl Power, and it’s hard to argue with that.

Second, the idea of immortality is immensely appealing. Who hasn’t thought about what they would do with their life if they had an eternity at their disposal? For someone like me who has a bucket list miles and miles long and several Pinterst boards full of travel tips, the idea of some extra time to get all that living done is hard to resist. Where would I travel to next if I knew I’d have a chance to see it all?

On the flip side, immortality can be an immensely heavy burden.  Knowing you’ll not only out-live all the people you love, but have to stand by and watch as they grow old, and in many cases suffer, is a lot to carry with you for a lifetime.

This combined with the fact that as a vampire you need to relocate and start a new life every few years so as to not arouse suspicion has produced some of the most broodingly handsome leading men (vampires) in recent memory. What girl can resist a broken and tortured soul? It’s a tale as old as time. Tell me you haven’t wanted to reach into the pages of your book and give Stefan Salvatore or Simon Lewis a big long hug (and maybe a smooch) and tell them everything is going to be all right? I know I have.

Brooding vampires are the perfect combination of mysterious, worldly, and unattainable. Totally swoonworthy if you ask me. So tell me Swoon Readers, what are some other good reasons to continue carrying on loving vampires even though everyone is telling you they’re over? Go on, you can tell me!

About the author - Katie H.

School and Library Marketing Manager. Lover of Jane Austen and all things paranormal and supernatural!

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6 comments on "Long Live Vampires!"

partington00908 on June 23, 2016, 12:53 a.m. said:

partington00908


andrew barron i love u

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Jen Wilde on May 15, 2015, 8:06 p.m. said:

Jen Wilde


I don’t think vampires will ever be 100% over. They’ve been around for centuries, there’s a reason for that. Also, I don’t think I’m alone when I say that part of the appeal with vampires is the whole nibbling on the neck thing. Am I right? 😉

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Andrew Barron on May 16, 2015, 5:13 p.m. said:

Andrew Barron


Vampires have always been a long time obsession of mine since a young age and I believe Vampires will never loose their spark because they are beings dreams and nightmares. They come in beauty and ugly but most of all they usually have the best origin stories, the best love stories and most importantly the action and adventure!

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Morgan Rash on May 18, 2015, 9:57 a.m. said:

Morgan Rash


I’m always down for a well-written vampire novel. Honestly, I feel like most any story-line can be intriguing and worthwhile if the characters are well-developed.

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Zara Hoffman on May 18, 2015, 1:30 p.m. said:

Zara Hoffman


It’s not that I don’t like vampires. It’s when the plot is tired or badly written. So, Twilight was interesting (though in my mind the actually writing was bad) and Vampire Diaries was better because it had plot and grammar going for it. But honestly, best vampire-themed obsession? Buffy, hands down. As for Velvet, I can’t wait to read this book!

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Jessica Gonzalez on May 18, 2015, 11:34 p.m. said:

Jessica Gonzalez


Vampires are classics! Honestly, I do get a bit overwhelmed with their popularity at times but I still enjoy stories where vampires take center stage. I think it’s because I can’t help but find them fascinating for many of the same reasons you’ve listed–plus they’re usually quite attractive (to put it lightly).
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Jessica

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