For those who haven’t made it to the Facebook page yet, you really should. I know the site has been quiet for the past week or so – I’m sorry for that, but I’ve been dealing with some family issues that decided to grow an additional head. However, even when I’m quiet here, I’m rarely totally silent on FB. Yes, I am a FB junkie and I will post some things there before I can get it posted here (i.e. the cover for Ilona Andrews’ Magic Slays, due out May 31st, was posted yesterday!). It’s also a great place to get quick updates, like the fact that I’m currently working on the newsletter and will have it posted tonight.
But I digress, the reason I am bringing this up is because every so often I throw up a Question of the Day. Sometimes the topic is as simple as “what are you reading today”, but other times I end up hitting on a topic that gets a great response. Yesterday’s topic kind of did that. So I got to thinking of posting the QOTD here and including some of the answers. This way, for everyone not on FB, they can get in on the action too. So let’s get started, here’s the question and how people on FB have answered it, what would your response be?
Which books portray vampires differently than what the normal mythology shows?
Literary Escapism: I would suggest looking at the vampires in the series by Jeaniene Frost, Jocelynn Drake, Charlaine Harris and Sherrilyn Kenyon. Each gives them a different spin, yet still remains the integrity of the myth.
Brandy S: Lynsay Sands has her own twist that I enjoyed. JR Wards vampires are very close to the mythology however I like that they feed off of The opposite sex of their own kind and not necessarily on humans.
Meleesa T: Laurell Hamilton, Lynsay Sands, J.R. Ward, Christine Feehan, Lara Adrian, Kerrelyn Sparks… and then you have twicrap.
Jennifer K: I love Kenyon’s view of vampires, incorporating Greek mythology with the paranormal. And how she and JR Ward have them exisiting as separate species from humans.
Amy G: Lynn Viehl: Her vamps are caused by virus (a scientific virus, not a paranormal one), and are a dying breed: until now?
Michele O: Definitely J.R. Ward.
Dana S: Ilona Andrews, Alyxandra Harvey….
Sara M: The Greyfriar by Clay & Susan Griffith (I just finished it) was a very interesting take on vampires.
Nicola: I think all of the popular series put their own spin on the legend, but I personally think the ones that eliminate the “undead” piece are the most divergent — JR Ward for one, Lara Adrian for another. Any vamps that are warm to the touch and have a heartbeat.
Julie R: I love the vampires of Ilona Andrews…nothin’ cute cozy or warm about them but very cool twist.
Christina M: How about Lynsay Sands, her vamps are alive and immortal because of nanites.
Ivie S: Jeaniene Frost! Her vamps can go out in daylight, just get tired at dawn.
Christina A: ?@Ivie I agree Jeaniene’s vamps leave time for plenty of important stuff no sleeping ;-)
Heza L: Well comon, everybody loves to hate the books, but the twiligth cvamps are as different from the myths as one can get. Also, J. F Lewis’ are different in the way their society and heirarchy playout. I love Jr Ward’s take, and Jocelyn Drake,… although hers aren’t really different from the myths, neither is Harris’s that much, thogh I love the books. Nalini Singh’s Archangels has a twist in that the vamps are created by angels, how I’m not saying, but they are the same otherwise, but it does make it interesting.See More
Tine T: I just finished and Falling, Fly by Skyler White. Her vamps are fallen angels of desire. She has a very intersting take on them. @Julie: I totally agree, the vampires of the Kate Daniels series are very cool though slightly creepy!
And occasionally I get a few responses from Twitter, so let’s include those as well:
@SylviaSybil: Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels books. Vamps are mindless killing machines that can be controlled by necromancers.
@SylviaSybil: I think they’re in every book. And they’re definitely different. Not sexy at all >.<
@habrewer: I love the vampires in Lynn Viehl’s Darkyn series and Susan Squires in blood series. They r different too