Morganville: Like Twilight?
If you mention vampire books (YA or not) to someone who doesn’t read them (or doesn’t read!), you’re likely to get an oh-so-superior smile, and this comment: “Oh, like Twilight?”
(The person offering that comment has probably never read Twilight.)
In their worldview, that’s a put-down.
But it isn’t in mine, because there’s not much wrong with being grouped in with a series that sold tens of millions of copies, appealed to not just teens but adults, and launched five films. Twilight motivated millions of people to read and get excited about books, so how could I possibly be insulted by that comparison? And I’d be dishonest if I didn’t admit that Twilight made vampires cool again to a large segment of the reading public. Without Twilight, the Morganville Vampires series probably wouldn’t have gotten as big a worldwide audience as it did.
So yes. Like Twilight! But different. Morganville is more like Buffy and the old Hammer films. It has human protagonists, and the vampires are not to be trifled with, even when they might be considered your friends, and there are just as many kinds of vampire novels as there are mysteries, or romances, or anything else. I like action. I like humor. I like drama. So that’s all in there, and I’ve been told it’s pretty enjoyable.
But I rarely bother to explain that, because the people who open with that comment aren’t likely to read paranormal fiction … or if they do, they’ll read “real” fantasy. “Real” fiction. What they mean by “real” is “respectable.” Not vampires. Especially not young adult books about vampires.
There’s no point in arguing that. Opinions are opinions, and your mileage may vary. There’s a steady onslaught of articles coming from The New York Times or The Guardian to tell us why reading (and writing) YA is bad for us, wrong for us, that we should be reading respectable stories. But there is no such thing as respectable–not that anyone can universally agree on! Even classics are constantly re-examined and reinterpreted and challenged, and that’s a good thing. But critical examinations shouldn’t eliminate the idea that we can still be swept away by a good story that appeals to us in a unique way.
Let’s try this: we get to like what we like. All fiction has merit, because it’s holding up a mirror to the human experience in some way. Maybe it’s a cloudy mirror. Maybe it’s imperfect. Maybe it’s a funhouse mirror that distorts in order to make a point. But we get to like what we like. Doesn’t mean we can’t criticize individual works, but blanket mockery of a genre or a category? It’s not good for anyone.
So … if it happens that you like vampires as much as I do, let’s wayback this machine and celebrate our favorite bloodsucking fiends! Here’s a list of some vampire tales NOT IN YA that you might have missed if you were fans of Morganville 10 years ago (your categories may vary, these lines are fluid). Just some random recommendations, and plenty more you can add in the blog comments!
· Adult horror
o Fevre Dream (George R.R. Martin)
o The Vampire Tapestry (Suzy McKee Charnas)
o ‘Salem’s Lot (Stephen King)
o Anno Dracula (Kim Newman)
o Lost Souls (Poppy Z. Brite)
o Sunshine (Robin McKinley)
o Fledgling (Octavia Butler)
o They Thirst (Robert McCammon)
o Sunglasses After Dark (Nancy A. Collins)
o Those Who Hunt the Night (Barbara Hambly)
o Vampire$ (John Steakley)
o Carrion Comfort (Dan Simmons)
· Adult urban fantasy
o Minion (L.A. Banks)
o Blood Price (Tanya Huff)
o Guilty Pleasures (Laurell K. Hamilton)
o Halfway to the Grave (Jeaniene Frost)
o Dead Until Dark (Charlaine Harris)
o Dead Witch Walking (Kim Harrison)
o Some Girls Bite (Chloe Neill)
o Bloodlist (P.N. Elrod)
o Moon Called (Patricia Briggs)
o Soulless (Gail Carriger)
o Succubus Blues (Richelle Mead)
o Storm Front (Jim Butcher)
o Dhampir (Barb Hendee)
o Hotel Transylvania (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro)
o Magic Bites (Ilona Andrews)
o Skinwalker (Faith Hunter)
o Bloodsucking Fiends (Christopher Moore)
· Adult romance
o Once Burned (Jeaniene Frost)
o Angel’s Blood (Nalini Singh)
o Dark Lover (J.R. Ward)
o A Quick Bite (Lyndsay Sands)
o Dark Prince (Christine Feehan)
o Touch the Dark (Karen Chance)
o The Turning (Jennifer Armintrout)
o If Angels Burn (Lynn Viehl)
o Insatiable (Meg Cabot)
o Night Pleasures (Sherrilyn Kenyon)
Just remember … if there’s one great thing about vampires, it’s that they keep coming back. If you want to read vampire stories, do it. If you want to write them, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.
We get to like what we like.
Love and thanks for 10 years of Morganville!
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Stay tuned for more Morganville throughout the month of October!
Morganville 10th Anniversary Celebration Stops
10/3 Mundie Moms
10/3 Vampire Book Club
10/7: Gone with the Words
10/10: Wicked Lil Pixie
10/14: Pandora’s Book Blog
10/17: Lost in Ever After
10/21: Adventures of a Book Junkie
10/24: Ali’s Reviews and More
10/28 Take Me Away To A Good Read
10/31: Beauty and the Bookshelf