[Not that there's anything wrong with that!]
I know there’s been a huge trend in young adult fiction for vampire stories. I’m not sure if it started before or after Twilight got so popular (but I can guess).
I’ve always liked vampire stories. When I was in junior high I had a crush on Kiefer Sutherland in the Lost Boys. I’ve already read the Twilight saga, and I loved it. So I figured I’d try some of the other vampire novels that are out there.
The first book I picked up was Marked, in the House of Night series, by the mother and daughter team of Casts. The first book in this series was really great. The second was okay, and I just finished with book three which was better than the second one. Though I still may pick up the fourth book, this series is starting to lose my interest.
It’s getting hard for me to empathize with the main character. How can someone who has the three hottest guys in the world after her and has come into all of these fantastic powers really be all that tragic? Not to mention that before the horror of being marked she was dating the quarterback of her high school’s football team. As a Sophomore. This girls life is just not that hard.
So while I take a break from the House of Night series I picked up Evermore by Alyson Noel. Maybe not the best choice for me right now. But how could I have known that the main character in Evermore was going to be a former head cheerleader? There should have been something about that on the back cover.
So I guess that what I want to know is if the two stories I started with are typical of this vampire trend? Is the new vampire really a former cheerleader or popular girl in school?
I guess I’d always thought that the vampire should be the hero for the tragic social outcast and not the sporty popular chick. As far as stories go, I’m still getting into these books. I just find myself having a harder time empathizing with this type of main character.
The novel I am writing now is not about vampires, but I still don’t think I could have written the main character as a cheerleader. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with being a cheerleader, I just think of that type of character as more of a backboard for more interesting characters.