Friday, October 2, 2009
Posted by Liane Gentry Skye
Vampires don't sparkle in the sunlight.
They burst into flames and die.
My daughter has a tee shirt that says that on the back, and yeah, being a bit of a vampire purist, it never fails to draw a cackle from me, mostly because it thrills me that my daughter doesn't jump onto the pop-culture bandwagon just because everyone else has hopped on board.
But for the longest time, my daughter wouldn't wear that shirt to school for fear she'd get beat up in the girl's room.
What's up with that?
While I personally have issues with sparkly vamps, it's not like there's anything in inherently wrong with that. I'm just not down with it. But that's just me, and I'm an each to his/her own kind of girl. :)
Others, not so much.
What is it about the idea of sparkly vampires that inspire such divided opinions? I mean, it's Stefanie Meyer's world. If she wants her vamps to sparkle, fine by me. If her readers are cool with it, then why not? If I don't go for sparkle, I won't read them.
Didn't read them--tried, just couldn't get into it.
But I gotta tell you, my hat's off to Stefanie. Anyone who can sell that many books gets my kudos whether I personally enjoyed the book or not. And while it was probably blind luck, Stef's move to dump body glitter on Edward Cullen was brilliant in a marketing sense. Anyone who is under twenty has a very strong opinion about it, and they aren't afraid to defend their stance.
Often with their fists if need be.
So, tell me about the vamps in your world. Do they sparkle? Should they?
If the world building is there, is myth stretching a case of anything goes? I guess what I really want to know is this--has the time for my Mulholland Drive were-yorkies finally come to pass?
Are the pink ear ribbons stretching the boundaries of a culturally treasured myth just a tad too far?
And here it is, the obligatory one-each call for votes you'll be seeing from me for the next month or so! :)
I'm currently bouncing between 1st and 3rd place in the Dorchester Publishing contest @ textnovel. Should I actually, *gasp* win, my book would be contracted by Dorchester Publishing.
If you read and enjoy Muse Struck, I would truly appreciate your "thumbs up" votes. You can go to the site by clicking the book cover below. Then just register, read and vote "thumbs up".
Any winnings from the contest will be donated to advance meaningful autism awareness.