Reading that sucks?
Preposterous? Absolutely not. In the last 30 years vampire stories have grown immensely popular. From the more mature generation of readers that devoured Lestat (Anne Rice) to the youngest Twilight fan (Stephenie Meyer), vampire fans span a large chunk of American readers. They appeal to the lovers of styles such as thriller, horror, supernatural, fantasy, romance, suspense, and even comedy. Turned off by the idea of vampire reading? The imaginative authors of today have rewritten the rules since Dracula was first introduced. Not only are vampires categorized as blood drinkers, but can also come in different varieties. There are live vampires and undead vampires. Kim Harrison breaks it down further to include both living, undead and to explain 2nd (or final) death as a third segment process.
There are also energy vamps as introduced by Karen Chance who need not obtain blood by bite or drink, but almost by osmosis and energy. Finally, there are sexual vamps, who gain life force by feeding on Ardeur, as is originally described in the Anita Blake series by Laurell Hamilton.
I have mentioned most of these books before, but I would like to recommend a different kind of vampire story to you. If you have read nothing academically suitable this winter and are starting to feel a bit guilty for that, look no further. I have discovered a 2-book vampire story that, believe it or not, was found in the Literature section at Borders.
At first, it was the cover art that intrigued me, and then the name. Once I read the short (synopsis) I was secretly thrilled. The Society of S, by Susan Hubbard, was amazingly and surprisingly a great, educational, and flat out fun story. It rides the line in which logical and fantasy reside. The story is centered around a little girl who lives with her eccentric father with a mysterious disease. It literally portrays as a diary and you get immediately swept up in the life of this adolescent girl without a present mother. Eagerly along for the ride I realized that this is a 2-part tale of discovery. The second book is named 'The Year of Disappearances'. There is enough supernatural and vampires, but also educational science and history embedded between the covers to make it a must read for readers of any genre!