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Self-Degradation Through Fiction

Miscellaneous By: Jacobella22

What I write here may offend people... specifically fans of Twilight and other Vampire/Werewolf/Supernatural novels. Please excuse the sarcasm.

Submitted:Apr 3, 2010    Reads: 60    Comments: 3    Likes: 1   

Writing fan fiction about how a vampire falls hard for a mortal?

Oh, no. Of course you're not writing fan fiction. That's right! You're writing a "novel" story that runs along the lines of Vampire meets girl. Vampire falls in love with girl. Vampire bites girl. Vampire and girl get married and live happily ever after. Hate to break it to you, kid, but it's not a new stinking idea!

Just following the trends, are you? You write about the eternal clash between werewolves and vampires because everyone else is doing it too.

What the hell is this world coming to? You know, I was in Borders bookstore the other night. And as a 15 year old, I made my way to the Young Adult section. I scanned the 'New Release' and 'Bestseller' shelves. You know what I found? The majority of the books were about vampires. I didn't even have to read the back panel. The titles told me what the book contained. I counted the word 'vampire', oh, 15-20 times. The word 'death' came quite frequently. Oh, and the word 'blood' came about 18 times. Out of the 40 or so titles on the two specific shelves, 50% of them contained the word 'vampire'?!?! Outrageous.

Don't we know that supernatural bodies, such as vampires and werewolves, are nonexistent? They are simply figments of our imagination. We humor ourselves with characters that have abilities that we only dream of having. Why is the new trend vampires? Why can't we write about things closer to reality?

Now, I'm pretty sure you've heard of the Percy Jackson series. I'll admit, they're great! I love Percy. And I think being Poseidon's kid would be totally kickass. The one thing I'd rather be is Athena's daughter and Annabeth's sister. How schweet would that be? It'd be awesome. But, back to reality. Greek gods don't exist. Or, at least, most people have lost faith in the existence of Greek mythological creatures. Sure, mythology is fun to study. But, how many times have you walked down the street and been attacked by a Fury?

Getting a bit closer to reality, you've got Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy. Yep, it's about a group of kids that fight to the death in a natural arena. And yep, it's brutal. And yep, why on earth would you want to write about that? But, it's closer to the real world than Twilight and PJatO. It's set in a post-apocalyptic America, where the land is divided into 13 sectors. The Capitol, the main government, controls everyone and everything. It's Communism in a semi-friendly mask. Communism is completely plausible. And a post-apocalyptic America is possible at the rate we're going. Maybe not in the next 15 years, but I bet in the next couple centuries America will be desperate for help. After all, history repeats itself.

I don't hate Twilight, nor do I love it. I am not making a specific attack on Meyer's work. I'm talking about supernatural themed books, in general. So, please, I don't want hate comments. I don't want to know how much I "suck" (I dislike using that word. If you think about it, it's actually quite rude) for criticizing vampire themed books. This is MY opinion piece and I am, indeed, open to hearing other's opinions. I simply believe that our world can do a lot better than the completely unoriginal idea of bloodsucking immortals.


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