Vampire Romances: A plague upon the writing community

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is an OPINION article on the recent fluctuation of vampire romance novels and their blatant relation to the popular series Twilight.

Submitted: December 09, 2008

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Now, as not to offend anyone out there too much, let me put up this disclaimer: I am a huge fan of the twilight series and have read every book, however I refuse to see the movie (Hate movies based off books). I am also a guy and totally straight. Now that we have that out of the way, the rant can continue. Now, you may have noticed this ("May" being very loose and defined, more like "Must have"), but a lot of writers both here on Booksie and on other sites and forums all over the internet are creating vampire romance novels and stories at a rate that is stupefying. Now, I wonder why this is, that all these writers who previously before had no idea or intention to weave such a tale all suddenly, at the same time it seems, to have burst with this sudden inspiration. Perhaps there is some type of cultural phenomena that has captured the hearts of millions and all these writers feel it requires tribute? Oh wait, there is something like that: Twilight.

So, for those of you who are wondering what the hell I'm saying, this is it in a nutshell: All these vampire stories are just variations of Twilight. If at any point before the series, or even before the movie was created that these authors had created their pieces, I would have no problem with it. But, as it stands, all these people essentially went to the movies, watched Twilight and said to themselves: "I can do this too!" They then type away at their computer, looking at a synopsis of the story on imdb, (Let's face it, they're not bright enough to get it on the first go-around, eh fellow Twilight readers?) and changing the names of the characters from "Bella" to "Ashley" from "Charlie" to "Chris", and so on and so forth. It frustrates me to no end that this brilliant piece of literature, which has left a precedent that can never be succeeded, has been so desecrated by these people who alter the story only the slightest bit and expect us to love their work as an original piece: NO.

I implore you, Booksie community or anyone else who may be reading this, to go to your search engine and type in vampire. Before Twilight was published, you may have had 10, 20 stories tops, most of which are rather interesting stories. However, now there are 31 pages worth of stories and additions that aren't worth a minute of your time. I will make exception to those few stories I previously mentioned, the pre-Twilight romances, however the rest of you are held in contempt. But since you’re wondering exactly what these stories contain and are too lazy to read through them (I don’t blame you.) Here’s a quick synopsis of almost every vampire story on Booksie

It starts with a young, innocent teenager who until the story had lived an entirely normal life. Then they go to a new place to live with their father/mother (They’re divorced, separated, etc.) They meet a very handsome person of the opposite gender (Maybe of the same gender, no judgment here.) They immediately fall in love, but the vampire won’t talk to them, then one day at the lunch room… Oh screw it; just read Twilight, you’ll get the gist of it.

The fact that this book has created so many spin-(Read: Rip-) offs is a tribute to the cultural phenomena that Twilight has created, and also to how unoriginal some of the writers here are. Here’s a bit of advice, if you’re gonna copy a story, make it a less known one, thank you.  I know there are going to be a lot of people who disagree with me and are going to hate on me in my comments, so feel free to tear me a new one. Go ahead and defend blatant plagiarism, tell me how that works out for you. Finally, to those of you who are creating original stories, and I mean really original, this is not a nod in your direction, do your thing man.


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