November 16th, 2009
This week the second book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, New Moon, hits the big screen! What could be more complicated than dating a vampire? How about finding out that your best friend is a werewolf who’s in love with you and that his wolf pack hates your boyfriend? Talk about relationship issues! New Moon proved to be a dividing point among Stephenie Meyer fans, with everyone taking sides as to whom they felt Bella should end up with at the end: Edward or Jacob. One side favors true love and destiny, the other what some feel is a healthier (and living) relationship.
Whether or not you’re fan of the series, Twilight helped to usher in the new wave of popular vampire fiction. Teens and adults both have their pick of series, several of which have been adapted into popular TV shows. Love them or hate them, vampires are everywhere these days.
Each series presents a unique take on the vampire lore itself. Some vampires are traditionally created or brought over, others are fallen angels searching for redemption, and still others selected to be vampires by a higher power. There are socialites, recluses, daytime vampires, night dwellers, and some even sparkle in the sun. The histories and methods to deter or kill vampires are as varied as the vampires themselves, with each author providing his or her own legends and background.
If you’re in the mood to try a new vampire book, check out this booklist from one of our staff members for suggestions.
What are your thoughts on the vampire craze sweeping through pop culture and literature? Are you planning to see the movie due out this week? Of course, the more important question is:
“Team Edward or Team Jacob?”