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Edward and Bela: The Sparkling Ends Now

Remember when vampires were EVIL SPIRITS animating the CORPSES of the DEAD?

...and when zombies were DISGUSTING?

-The Gneech

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sirfox
Nov. 10th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
I put some blame on Laurell Hamilton. Not that she's the worst of it (well, aside from a few books at her lowest ebb, and even then her monsters were still capable of being monsters) but when her books started hitting it big, it's like a floodgate opened, and every two-bit no-talent romance writer figured out that wallpapering in werewolves/vampires/witches/etc as characters tripled their sales.

It used to be damned near impossible to find any books with those sorts as protagonists, now it's a flood of crap and dross with occasional nuggets of quality bobbing along in the foam.
kagur
Nov. 10th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
I concur, but I would also mention Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Forever Knight, and other such television shows that painted vampires and werewolves in romantic themes.
sirfox
Nov. 10th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
True, they all kind of co-evolved and then the whole thing went supercritical.
hossblacksilver
Nov. 11th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
If that's the case, then you can go back to the Munsters. ;)
kagur
Nov. 11th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Romantic, not comedic;)
mouser
Nov. 10th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire - where Louis is a whiny little git rather then, you know, scary.
mapdark
Nov. 10th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
Litterature today is terrible.
And while Laurell Hamiltno might have open the gates to bad writers , Stephenie (not Stephanie because she's Speshull) Meyer made it worse by convincing young girls and their mom that you can write a bestseller in 6 months.

So TONs of crappy books where abusive relationships between sparkly people are considered "romance" are eventually going to hit us in the future.
hossblacksilver
Nov. 11th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
Dr. Egon Spengler: Print is dead.
-- Ghostbusters (1984)

Dr. Ray Stanz: I thought you said print was dead.
Dr. Egon Spengler: I wish.
-- Ghostbusters (2009)
the_gneech
Nov. 10th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
I think Anne Rice has more to do with it than Laurell Hamilton. But oddly enough, the blame really goes back (in my mind, at least) to my beloved Universal Monsters, and especially Frankenstien, which were some of the earliest "mass culture" appearances of the "monster-as-sympathetic" idea. It made them brilliant ... but it also was the tiny crack that becomes a huge rift...

-TG

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