the whole 'twilight' craze is still on the rise and probably will be until the movie hits the theatres this december.
i was a huge anne rice fan. her whole world of vampires and witches were captivating, especially the first three books in her vampire series. the world of vampire lestat had me in it's craze through my early 20's. when i try to read any of her books now, i do find it entertaining, but it lacks the magical vibe it use to have on me. i don't know why that is… perhaps her books speak to a certain age group, like stephanie meyer's vampire series speaks to teens? or has my taste in books changed?
anyway, i've been poking around some forums, finding adults from early 20's all the way to my age, seriously hooked onto meyers' series. which is all fine and dandy. but what kills me is that i read some one state that meyers has reinvented the whole genre.
apparently, the vampires in meyers' books are not portrayed as monsters, they can go into sunlight, they feed on animal blood rather then human blood and they have the abilities to fly, just to name a few reasons as to why the author has reinvented the vampire genre.
that's where i almost chimed in and told these youngsters that they had better do some research. anne rice did this already. i don't know if anne rice can be accounted for reinventing vampires in fictional work but if she did all those things with vampires then there is no way in hell that meyers can be accountable for reinventing anything.
i haven't read the book yet but have read enough reviews and summaries to conclude that she didn't do anything original, but just did a good enough job in creating a vampire book geared towards teens. which is something that was going to happen anyway – especially after the whole harry potter explosion.
having said that, my name is down on the library waiting list for 'twilight.' i'm #442 of 1274 on the list. somehow, i don't think i'll get it before christmas.
let the record show, i'm only reading this book because i always look for light-reads during the thick of winter AND i want to truly see why people are comparing rice to meyers. if my guess is correct, there shouldn't even be any comparison. rice is not a the greatest of writers but she did put a mark on vampire history in the pop-culture world.