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Friday, July 31, 2009

Laurell K. Hamilton Thinks She Pioneered the Vampire Genre

Vampire fans rejoice! Entertainment Weekly's latest cover story is all about vampires!

EW posted part of the article on their web site. Stephenie Meyer and Anne Rice were both interviewed of course. Laurell K. Hamilton was also interviewed and look what she said about the Twilight phenomenon:

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“Stephenie Meyer has come and she’s taken the genre that I sort of pioneered."

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WTF?!?!

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"Her original audience was 11- and 12-year-olds, so she – very rightly – sanitized the genre. She took out a lot of the sex and violence, especially for the first book…I ask people, Why has this really captured you? What I heard from all ages is that it was very romantic that he was willing to wait for her and that there was no sex. They like the idea that [Bella] was like the fairy princess and [Edward] is the handsome prince that rides in and saves her. The fact that women are so attracted to that idea – that they want to wait for Prince Charming rather than taking control of their own life – I find that frightening.”

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Okay, LKH go on believing you pioneered the vampire genre. Can we say, tone down the ego? Where would you be if not for Mary Shelley, Bram Stroker, Anne Rice, Charles De Lint, Stephen King and Poppy Brite?

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Also why is it such a bad thing for women to wait for Prince Charming? By waiting for Prince Charming a woman is taking control of her life and not ending up with some loser or having to settle. Why can't a woman have her Prince Charming and take control of her life at the same time. If you think of it, Bella did just that. Some may not think Bella being with Edward is the best, but Bella made her own decision with Edward. Even when Edward pushed her away, she still made the decision to be with him. She felt that was right for her. And to those who read New Moon, Bella ends up saving Edward's life.

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What do you think about what LKH said? Any other authors I failed to mention that help "pioneer" the vampire genre?

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Katiebabs

55 comments:

Honoria Ravena said...

In New Moon, Bella might save Edward but she also completely breaks down when he leaves. She can't live without him, which is not self sufficient and not taking control of your own life. I think it sends to wrong message to young girls. It says that they shouldn't be able to live without their boyfriends. While I like the Twilight series, that part of New Moon truely disgusted me. I just couldn't feel good about Bella after that. Now if she'd broken down that first time in the woods, and then got it together and went after him on her own, I could have respected her character more.

You also have to keep in mind that Laurell Hamilton isn't a romantic woman. She's a 'do-it-yourself' who doesn't believe that love conquers all. The Twilight series probably aren't the books for her.

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

I would say that Edward also has a breakdown by trying to commit suicide by walking into the sun so the Volturi can kill him.

See, Edward and Bella are perfect for one another! LOL.

But if LKH isn't a romantic, then why does she had Anita boiking everyone she comes in contact with? The first 7 books or so Anita did not use sex to get what she wants. What I liked about her was they she didn't have to lie with a man to feel great. But after book 11, LKH totally change what Anita stood for by making her a raving nympho with the excuse of some magical power she can't control.

Honoria Ravena said...

Lol, well I suppose that is true. It does make Edward and Bella perfect for each other. You just don't get to see Edward's break down like you get to see Bella's.

I don't consider sleeping with multiple men, or all the sex, particularly romantic. Maybe if there were two you couldn't choose from, but this is several guys she's supposed to love. I don't really enjoy the turn that the Anita Blake novels have taken either. If Anita had settled down with one man to have a white picket fence and kids, that would have been romantic.

Anita Blake is also self sufficient. If one of her men died, she'd be heart broken, but she'd keep going.

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

That is what is so sad about Anita id you think about it. She is willing to have sex without love. The reason she didn't jump into a relationship early in the series because of what her ex-fiance did to her. And I wished LKH had stuck with Anita being with only Jean Claude and Richard. I wonder what would happen if that had played out.

I don't see Anita settling down with on man. Will she ever had a HEA? I really don't think so.

Sarai said...

LOL I think LKH needs to remember that Bram Stoker totally kicked ass when it came to vampires UM Hello Dracula anyone? (I'm currently reading it and it wigs me out)
I think that waiting for PC to come is okay as long as you continue your life and enjoy it. But dating everyone you can in hopes of finding him, and wishing away your day for PC to come is very wasteful. But I don't think you should settle.

Not sure if that made sense or not

Brooke Reviews said...

I can't even get started on LKH b/c it will ruin my Friday! Not sure who she thinks she is. I was reading vampire books way before she was around!

I think the idea of "waiting for Prince Charming" is more like waiting for Mr. Right. You can be your own woman and stand on your own, but you eventually want to find the right guy for you, who will SUPPORT you, CARE for you, and treat you LIKE a princess.

right? :)

Great post!

SciFiGuy said...

Well I enjoyed the Twilight books before they became a phenomenon and thoroughly enjoyed them (except for Breaking Dawn which was terrible). But even they were late to the party. By the time they were out the current post LKH incarnation of the UF genre was already in full swing. If you follow LKH's blog you will fnd she has always had an ego and been protective of her "pioneer" status.

The true pioneer of the modern UF heroine predates LKH by several years and was Tanya Huff's Blood Books with Vicki Nelson as a detective and Henry Fitzroy as her vampire partner. These books stand up to scrutiny even though they are 20 years old. Update the crime technology and they could have been written yesterday.

I'll grant LKH that Anita Blake IS the archetypal UF heroine but ownership of the genre PLEEEZ.

lustyreader said...

great points, KB, I definitely agree that LKH sounds stuck on her high horse in that quote. and if stephenie meyer copied anyone it was *clearly* charlaine harris!

Honoria Ravena said...

Katiebabs: Yeah. The fact that she didn't have casual sex was on of the things I liked about her. Anita probably won't settle down with one man. I can't imagine an HEA, but you never know, Hamilton might find a way to make it work.

Sarai: I've never read Dracula. I had the book for a while but never got into it. You'd think I would have read it, considering I've read every other vampire book under the sun.

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Sarai: I think some mistake a woman being independant as not having a partner in their life, that if a woman is alone with no man or whomeve, it means she is strong. Why not have a nice balance with someone who can love you and respects you?


Brooke: Exactly :D

SciFiGuy: LKH has done great things for the UF genre. Her first seven books blew my mind away. What author can really say they pioneered a certain genre? Even with Shakespeare, do we say he is the end all and be all of theater and poetry?

Lusty: I really have to read Harris!

Honoria: In my dream world, Anita would end up with either JC or Richard, but it has gone way past the point of no return with either of these men.

Honoria Ravena said...

In my dream world it would be JC. I'm always with the vampire. And you haven't read Charlaine Harris? You need to!

Keira of LoveRomancePassion said...

I think LKH is referring to the sexy vampire genre as opposed to the scary [sexy?] vampire genre.

Depends on how one thinks of Anne Rice's vamps to make a come back to that. I do not think Rice's vamps are sexy romantic vamps.

I would then have to research and find out if Whedon's Buffy/Angel came out before her first ABVH book or after to see if that statement of hers is true.

If I had to choose between Jean-Claude, Asher, Edward, or Jasper... mmmm... that would be a tough call.

As for Richard in ABVH - he (and Jacob) are the source of all my anti-werewolf feelings... give me Micah and Nathaniel (wereleopards) any day! lol

Mandi said...

Because I read LKH blog, that comments does not surprise me. But I still think that comment is a bit disrespectful.

And women can def have prince charming and have control of their life! Why do I read her blog? sigh

KMont said...

I don't even think Hamilton pioneered the "sexy" vamp genre - and if that's what passes for sexy vamp reading these days, maybe the life boat's sinking.

It's a shame when the Ego becomes the writer. It's one thing to be proud of accomplishments and another to let la Ego take complete control. Of course, it's really not a surprise, what she said. Her Ego's been in control for a long time.

Point in case, Ego seems completely unaware that all genres are rife with other authors, that there is room for other writers of vamp fiction.

So who's next? Which author will show their petty jealousies by insulting another successful writer in the profession?

Liza said...

I've never read a LKH book, and I got into vampire books really late, but I would still say that Bram Stoker started it all.

BTW, I think even if you are waiting for Prince Charming/Mr. Right you can still be in control of you life and be a strong woman. Wanting a man to spend your life with doesn't make you weak, just adds something to your life.

Rhianna said...

Wow. I am surprised LKH can get out of bed in the morning with that gigantic head of hers puffed up so.

Did she contribute a lot to the UF/Vampire genre? Certainly. But pioneered it? Puhlease.

Everyone laughs when I say this but Sesame Street pioneered the vampire as friend not foe genre. My mother once asked why I was so into vampires and I couldn't really think of why until it hit me that Sesame Street's Count Von Count started it for me. In a time when vampires were campy horror flick fodder he was the friendly heavily-accented vampire I grew up loving.

And the statements about Prince Charming? Even more ridiculous. LKH is known outside of her writing for two things, her big ego and her big divorce. Sounds to me like she's just bitter because Meyer has made it cool to want it all--the man and the life--even if it's with a vampire! Not that I personally care that much for the Twilight Saga but come on! That many fans of ALL ages and walks of life cannot be wrong.

And we all must remember that this IS fiction. It's supposed to be 'fantasy'... what's wrong with wanting a man to treat you like a princess in your fantasies? ;)

LKH needs to get off her high horse and start writing books worth reading again. :P I wouldn't be surprised if the young readers who love Twilight who might have read the Anita books in a few years go and boycott them now because of her statements. Talk about shooting herself in the foot.

JenB said...

I get the impression that LKH is sort of like the Dara Joy of the horror pr0n genre, so her comments don't really surprise me. Though they do amuse me. :D

LKH has done a lot to advance the genre and she most definitely played a huge and very imporant role, but I dunno that I'd say she pioneered the genre.

She's got brass balls though. Gotta give her props for that. If you're gonna go for crazy, might as well do it all the way.

Teddy Pig said...

The Buffy movie was 92 and the TV show was 97 and first Anita book was 93.

I think they there are some twisted romantically suspect shit going on in both series so pot meet kettle.

booklover1335 said...

I totally credit Anne Rice for REALLY making vampires popular within the last 20 yrs or so. Because her books were so popular and mainstream I think it paved the way for the paranormal genre. Not that the books are anything like she wrote, but I think Anne deserves a lot of credit for paving the way, and LKH capitalized on that. She may have been at the beginning of the wave, but she wasn't the tremor that caused it.

Michelle G said...

KB,

Nancy A. Collins' first Sonja Blue book came out in 1989. She was the first vamp executioner in my book. :)

L.J. Smith had her first Vampire Diaries book out in 1991.

Both of these were before LKH.

I used to run out and get the newest LKH book as soon as it hit the shelf. Now, not so much. I can't stand the turn Anita has taken. I miss the Anita from the early books.

M

ChibiBoo said...

first I want to say I love LKH's books:) and I love Twilight:) That being said there was also L.J.Smith's books that were out in the early 90's I believe and then P.N.Elrods Vampire Files.

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

How could I forget JL Smith? She is the ultimate in everything YA vampire and paranormal.

Anonymous said...

Even if you believe that about yourself, you should never say it...in EW magazine, no less.

I also think it was Anne Rice who put vamps on the map, as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Everyone, including literary snobs, read Anne Rice until she became a bestselling phenomenon.

I started to see more and more about LKH after Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended and fans were desperately looking for something else to keep us going. I was missing the show when I saw an LKH display in my local B&N. That's when I bought the first Anita Blake book. While reading the Anita Blake books, I started looking for other vampire books and constantly heard about Charlaine Harris. So I became hooked on the Sookie Stackhouse series.

WR

Anna said...

I'm a fan of the Anita Blake series, but I think LKH has gone and lost her frikkin mind.

In my eyes... Bram Stoker, Stephen King and Anne Rice are the pioneers.

I can't even stand to read her blog.

SciFiGuy said...

Don't forget TANYA HUFF folks. The first Blood book came out in 1991 (Blood Price).

SciFiGuy said...

Me again. Also remember Chelsea Quinn Yarbro had been writing the St. Germain Vampire Chronicles since BEFORE Anne Rice.

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

SciFiGuy: Yarbro was on the tip of my tongue and for the life of me I couldn't remember her name.

Kay Webb Harrison said...

I believe that P. N. Elrod's vampire books came out before or at the same time as LKH's Anita books. She writes The Vampire Files, about Jack Flemming, a Chicago reporter of the 1930s, and his adventures after he was murdered and became a vampire. Another of her series is about Jonathan Barrett, from Revolutionary period NY, who was also killed and became a vampire.

I also recommend Tanya Huff and Chelsea Quin Yarbro.

Kay

Sarah said...

Jebus wept. Does the woman's ego know no bounds?

Anonymous said...

I am with the Anne Rice, Tanya Huff, P N Elrod, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (sp?)

I would also argue, though maybe wrongly, that I do not think the Anita Blake books took off until the late nineties, when they started getting promoted as paranormals and marketed at the romance readers.
Though I am from across the pond, so not too sure about her US presence before 1997-8.

Amy said...

oh please. I would like to point out that I fell in love with vampires through L.J. Smith's the Vampire Diaries...also written for young adults in the early 90's. So Stephenie wasn't even the first for vampires and YA. (though I probably do have her to thank that VD is now a TV show..YAY)

Heather said...

Here is my two cents on the matter...

I read an interview a couple of years ago with Sherrilyn Kenyon, when she was trying to sell her Dark-Hunter series, and she was told that because of Anne Rice's vampires her vampires wouldn't sell, or something like that. 5 years later a critic said move over Anne Rice there is a new queen of vampire in town.

Christine Feehan's Carpathian/Vampire series is awesome.

I used to rear LKH and I was loving the series until Anita became a nympho. When one of her books was almost all sex and read more like a penthouse letter, and then next book was just as bad I stopped reading her and gave all of her books.

There are so many other great vampire books out there that I don't miss her books at.

As for waiting for your PC, I have to say that I waited for mine and it was the best thing that I have done. He is my best friend.

heidenkind said...

Yeah... imagine, a heroine who doesn't bang everything with a penis that crosses her path. How unrealistic! Why should women wait for someone who respects them???

Oy. Note to self: never take relationship advice from LKH.

Nicola O. said...

I think you got the major popular ones, Mandi. I just recently read an interview with a new-ish vampire author who rattled off an AMAZING litany of historical vampiric legend-- apparently it goes back just about as far as written history goes... kinda makes you wonder.

I think there's just something inherently mysterious about blood as a source of life -- it's like worship of the sun, there's some element of it to every society.

Nicola O. said...

Um. Not Mandi, KB. sorry. too much blog-hopping.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a big fan of LKH as I've only read two of her books. I think that she is dead wrong when she says that she pioneered the vampire genre, but I think that she does have a point about Meyer's work. I just couldn't get past New Moon. My mom also read the series and was shocked at Bella's behavior. It just wouldn't go down in my household. I personally don't think that Bella was a very likeable character. She came off as very pathetic to me. Always whining and complaining. Her pining after Edward and being obsessed was really over the top. I don't even think that it's about having sex with Edward, although Meyer did inject her Moron views into the series. King also mentioned how "clean" the story was delivered. I just don't know how believeable it is with teens today. It's also not about jumping every "member" you see. I know a lot of people have talked about the message that Meyer sent throughout the series. I mean having the characters get married first to then justify sex and then to have these awkward scenes.... I feel like Vampire Diaries is a way better series.

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Kay: Elrod is another author I have been meaning to try. And again Huff and Yarbro are great authors who write wonderful stories about vampires. I recommend them to any vampire fans.

Sarah: LOL. I guess LKH has such an ego because how well her books sold. Someone from Penguin told me that a LKH will have a first run of 500K.

Anon: I first picked up LKH around 98 and 99 and I was a big fan girl of hers. But after book 11 and making Anita a nympho, I turned away. It still hurts!

Amy: I wonder if Meyer has read Smith? The similarities in Meyer's Twilight books are much like those in Smith's Vampire Diaries.

Heather: I also was a big, big fan of Feehan. Dark Prince has been reread so many times that it is falling apart. This genre is revolving, so someone is going to come along and do great things and make people take notice. The public always wants more.

Heidenkind: Why not have a heroine in a book who is self assured in her sexuality and is proud of who she is? Anita is no longer that. She is a pale comparison to what I once loved about the character.

Nicola: The vampire myth has been around for thousands of years and it keep revolving in such a way. I can't wait to see what's next.

Anon: I think people are looking too deeply into Meyer's books. If you take them at face value, they are enjoyable reads. When I read Smith's Vampire Diaries when I was a teen, I was lost in the romance and who the heroine would choose. That is why I enjoy the Twilight series so much. You have a girl torn between two men who would do anything for her. Even though we know that Bella would end up with Edward by the end, the joy in reading was waiting to see who she chooses. I know many did not like Breaking Dawn. I am one of them because of the heavy subject matter of life and death and rebirth. But isn't it great that a group of books can have people reading and discussing them?

Martha W. said...

Rhianna wrote: LKH needs to get off her high horse and start writing books worth reading again. :P I wouldn't be surprised if the young readers who love Twilight who might have read the Anita books in a few years go and boycott them now because of her statements. Talk about shooting herself in the foot.

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Oh, I totally agree here! Teenagers (& their moms!) are probably the worst crowd to tick off - they have memories that last forever & won't touch a shirt someone else has the same one of, let alone a book series by an author who has insulted their favorite.
Not a smart move by a long shot.

azteclady said...

Interestingly, no one mentioned Maggie Shayne, who also had a number of sexy vampire stories (Wings in the Night). The first one, Twilight Phantasies, came out in October 1993, and the most recent I can find was released April 2008.

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

AL: Didn't Amanda Ashley also write a few vampire romances in the early 90's?

Rebecca :) said...

I can't say I care for Twilight or True Blood or the vampire genre in general (although I did watch Dracula and Interview with the Vampire, but I digress). However, I find that Hamilton is way out of line saying such a thing. It is possible it was taken out of context, as so many things are these days, but she is clearly tripping all over her ego. Seems to be the in thing to do with authors these days.

Anonymous said...

azteclady said...

Interestingly, no one mentioned Maggie Shayne, who also had a number of sexy vampire stories (Wings in the Night). The first one, Twilight Phantasies, came out in October 1993, and the most recent I can find was released April 2008.
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Can't believe I forgot those!! And the Linda Lael Miller series, they were around the same time weren't they??
They were the first vampire romances I ever read, and not being able to find more was one of the reasons I stopped reading romance for a couple of years and stuck to my fantasy books.

I thought that 98-99 might be the rough timeline. LKH was around 00-01 for me, but again I am across the pond, and you did better than me kati I only made it to book four I think.

Aymless said...

OY! *cross off LKH as a need to pick up* I really don't need add inflated egos to my already towering piles!

Oh yes. Loved those Miller books. I think she was the first vamp romance I picked up (minus the whole dracula/mina thing). I also think she was the first one I read that had a 1/2 vamp heroine.

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

While I wasn't completely in love with the Twilight Series (and Honoria Ravena already expressed a lot of my thoughts on the subject), I think LKH is sounding ridiculous, and maybe a little envious of Meyer success! Not that LKH is doing badly for herself, on the contrary, but right now a lot more people know who Meyer is than who LKH is. And to think that she pioneered the genre?!? Puh-lease! That's ridiculous! If someone in the last 20 years was to claim that title, other authors would win hands down (I personally think Anne Rice did a lot for vampires, but I'm not expert either!).

I think LKH and Meyer talk to two very different publics (especially the latest in the Anita Blake's series) and if I had to choose I would probably go for Twilight. "Nympho" doesn't scream "woman in control of her own life" to me no more than Bella's attitude, and when Anita began acting like one I completely stopped reading the series.

Plus, I try not to read too much into Meyer's series. To me they're like junk food : really good on the moment, but not much content into it! And sometimes, that's just what you need : pure entertainment!

Carolyn said...

Interesting claim by LKH and not borne out by the facts. Though she has, of course, written a very popular paranormal series that was, at the beginning, more unusual that it would be today. I'd be more comfortable with a claim that early LKH set (if not created) the popularity of Urban Fantasy.

Polidori, who was one of the infamous three along with Mary Shelly who decided to write a book that fateful night, wrote a vampire story so he may actually be the first. Mary Shelly, of course, wrote Frankenstein.

I am not aware that there was vampire literature before Polidori (other than as fables) but I've never done a survey. It would be interesting to check.

However, Anne Rice came before LKH and has, I believe, a more legitimate claim to popularizing and sexualizing vampires than LKH.

Christine Feehan's Dark Prince might also be a contender. Feehan certainly at last had vampires who were fully functional sexual partners who did not erase heterosexuality, as Rice did. I believe that even LeStat, who was, after all, homoerotic if not outright homosexual, did not have sexual intercourse as a vampire. But I may be wrong about that.

Off to check Google Books.

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Carolyn: I think Polidori is the first one to write vampire fiction in 1819.

I will give credit where it is due and I must say the LKH is one of authors who made me want to write after reading the first 5 books in her Anita Blake series. I think she has done great things for the Uf/PR genre but to say she pioneered it and the comments about Meyer rubs me the wrong way.

Dark Prince is still one of my most beloved vampires romances. Again, Feehan is another one who has take the PR genre and has done great things to it.

Can we say that Anne Rice is the one responsible for the fantasy of vampire men being attracted to one another also? Is she the pioneer, or someone else?

Carolyn said...

Yes, Polidori wrote the first book about vampires (Vampyre, 1819)

However, Louis-Sebastien Mercier wrote a story in 1794 called The Nightcap which includes vampires as blood suckers and undead. I didn't have a chance to read closely so can't say that the book is all about vampires, merely encounters with them.

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Carolyn: I guess we can say that vampires will never die. Over 200 years in literature and still going strong :D

I really have to read Polidori. *off to library*

Shayla Kersten said...

Interesting conversation. I haven't read LKH so I can't comment about the claims on who did what with vamps when.

However, I read Salem's Lot when it first came out. I think I was about 16 or 17. Scared the crap out of me and I had to sleep with the lights on and the windows closed for weeks. This was after he scared the crap out of me with the movie Carrie.

I read Anne Rice's first three vampire books but none of her others.

However, one of the first vampire books I read--besides Stoker's Dracula--was Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Count Saint-Germain books. Maybe late 70's, early 80's. The vamp was human friendly, sexy and sex was a part of the stories. However, the ones I read didn't have a happily ever after. I don't know about later ones. One of the things that attracted me to the ones I did read were they were usually set in the past and thick with history.

I think she still writes them although I haven't read one in years. Now that this conversation has me thinking about it, I might have to go check some of them out again. LOL

Shiloh Walker said...

Keira said, I think LKH is referring to the sexy vampire genre as opposed to the scary [sexy?] vampire genre.

LKH may well be referring to the more romantic/sexual aspects of vamps although really, Dracula is pretty romantic.

As far as 'modern' vamp romance/erotic paranormal/etc/etc/etc go, though, she wasn't the first one. She's definitely one of the reasons the genre is so popular, certainly, but IMHO, she didn't pioneer it.

I was reading vamp stories by Linda Lael Miller and Maggie Shayne back in the early 90s-pretty sure those were there before LKH started the AB series.

Chrissy said...

She also invented the internet.

Anonymous said...

I think everyone is just hating on LKH because she is a great writer and she does what all the other writers are scared to do. I mean think about it, out of all the other vampire books who else wrote about them being sexually active? The twilight series was ok but it was way too PG, I felt very disappointed when I finished the series. Meyers could have done a whole lot better. Ms. Hamilton does a fantastic job on her books, and whoever else says different just needs to quit being so jaded and enjoy the books for what they are, Great stories!!

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Anon: I do give LKH credit for breaking taboos. Unfortunately, the direction she took wasn't for me. Again, I wanted Anita to be exclusively with Jean Claude and Richard. But some people still read LKH and it is like crack to them. I am a total JR Ward crack addict and some thing she has written made me go WTF?

Meyer's audience is a bit different from LKH. I enjoy the sparkly vampires who fly and I also enjoy reading more adult vampire stories that scream sex. And these two women have their own fan base and have made a ton of money and prestige. I can't fault them for that.

shilohwalker said...

anon, with all due respect, there were definitely writers who had sexually active vampires before LKH.

These were romance writers, but they definitely had vamps who had sex. I'd already referenced Maggie Shayne and Linda Lael Miller.

Not to mention that there are now a slew of sexually active vamps in romance and urban fantasy-Sookie Stackhouse, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Feehan's books, Jeaniene Frost's books, Shiloh Walker's books... *G*

There are a ton of vamp series out there, vamp series with sexually active vamps.

Not liking the direction a series goes doesn't translate to being jealous. Not agreeing with one person's point of view doesn't translate to hating-it just means you don't agree. I'm sorry you don't seem to see that.

Jess said...

I guess she is talking her self up a bit but I have hunted everywhere to find another series like Anita Blake (the earlier books) and I just can’t seem to find one that hooked me the way LKH books did. Sookie Stackhouse series is the only one I have enjoyed just as much and it was written later so i guess she pioneered this genre for me. But like she said in a later interview she didn’t mean she pioneered vampires in novels just her genre which is i guess romance, vampire’s thriller, horror I don’t know you name it it’s in the Anita Blake series. Don’t get me wrong I love Bram stoker’s Dracula but there is something about a tough heroin I just love. Wouldn’t even bother reading Twilight Bella sounds like an idiot no one should be that obsessed with a guy in high school that kind of love comes from spending years together in a loving relationship. In saying that I don’t know why LKH thought SM's books was the same genre as Anit Blake the book’s are nothing alike if they were I would have actually read Twilight.