If this were ‘My Top Ten … Vampire Novels’ I would have to include classics such as Carmilla and Dracula, but I may as well just refer people to David Stuart Davies’s Children of the Night: Classic Vampire Stories. I’m making my life easier and sticking to modern vampire novels, where ‘modern’ essentially means 1976 and after.
If this were ‘My Top Ten … Most Influential Modern Vampire Novels’ then I would probably have to include the Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse series, and maybe Vampire Diaries. I haven’t read these, although I have seen bits on TV. They have their good points, but ultimately they, like most paranormal romance, are very focussed on the vampires as gorgeous, sexy boyfriends. I have nothing against romance in vampire novels, but if the romance takes precedence over the vampiric elements, then it doesn’t work for me.
There are other excellent modern…
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