I’ll admit, I went through a crazy vampire phase my freshman year of high school. The Twilight series was just gaining in popularity, and I had recently finished all seven season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (Can you blame me?) So, because of the popularity of vampires right now (True Blood, Vampire Diaries, all of the Twilight movies all come to mind) I figured I would share my five favorite guilty pleasure reads with you Lovelies.
1. Dead Until Dark
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1), $15.00 from Amazon
Okay, yes, this is the first book in the extensive series that True Blood is based on, but it’s still a good read. Though I found the ending completely laughable, the tension and adventure up to that part was fun, and overall the book itself was much less graphic than the show seems to be (thanks, HBO).
2. Wicked Game
Instead of reading corny romance novels as a young teen, I opted to read junky vampire books. And of all the cheap literature I consumed, this was probably the most entertaining. I can recall nothing of the plot, only that many songs were quoted and every vampire seemed to embody a different era of music. Not the greatest novel ever written, but definitely a fun (easy) summer read.
3. The Society of S
This book was interesting, as it diverged from the popular theme of paranormal romance and stuck more to creating a unique (and classy) spin on vampires creating their own society within ours. Though the sequel was terrible, the first book was interesting and well-written, and the main heroine was much different than the usual vampire-novel female.
Peeps, $8.99 from Amazon
If you were ever caught up the Uglies craze, then you’ll probably like Peeps. It’s one of the author’s earlier books, but his writing style is still just as good. His take on vampirism as an epidemic just being properly studied is an interesting one, and the main character is dorky and loveable. Definitely one of my favorite books from my vampire phase.
Sometimes, in the midst of all of this crazy “Teen Paranormal Romance” obsession (which now has its own section at Barnes and Noble), it’s nice to go back to the basics. Dracula is beautifully written and suspenseful and even a little terrifying, and harkens back to the days before Twilight and Buffy, when vampires were evil demon creatures and not beautiful, sparkling men. (Not that there aren’t beautiful men to drool over in Dracula, but they are human.)
What are your favorite vampire novels, Lovelies?