Guest Blogger: Emma Petersen
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Let me preface this by saying like many of us, I grew up on Anne Rice and Bram Stroker. Until much later, after the paranormal/urban fantasy genres exploded, Anne Rice and Bram Stroker's world building and mythos were the only ones I knew. And even though I had started reading the books in my pre-teen years, neither book could be mistaken as young adult.
And maybe that is why I was barely, barely able to sit through Twilight. I'm embarrassed to say that even though I had gone to the theater (albeit unwillingly) with the understanding that the movie and the book it was based upon were targeted for a much younger audience, I didn't realize there might be an absent of "darkness" and/or violence.
I know, I know, silly Emma these vamps are for kids. Maybe I'm desensitized. Okay, I've been quoted as saying Saw was the feel good movie of the year and have been known to laugh at the most inappropriate times during "scary" movies, so yeah there's a good possibility I'm desensitized. But to the point where I would wish for blood and violence in an almost children's movie?
Umm yeah. I waited. Hoped. Prayed that one the Cullen clan would be reminiscent of Claudia or that Edward would lose control around Bella and bite her. Hard.
Le sigh. I know. I know. I should be ashamed of myself. But I'm not. And while I'm not a fan of vampire light, I'll still watch New Moon when it comes out, no doubt waiting, hoping, praying for violence the entire time because, hey, I'm me and it isn't often that vamp/were movies come out. At least I'll be prepared for the lack of darkness and violence, or I least I think I will.
So my reaction to Twilight got me thinking. (Never a good thing.) How did my early reading selections shape my voice?
1. I write my vamps like I like to read them. Dark, brooding, bent and bordering on evil.
2. Fear is a good thing. And yes, call me twisted (so wouldn't be the first time) but I happen to think fear can be a heady aphrodisiac. (Don't believe me? Here's a paragraph of two from my latest release, the first book in my Dating the Undead series:
3. Darkness is needed to balance the light. Because a vampire without the darkness is like a mall without shopping. A spa without a masseur. Slipknot without the masks. (My feelings often waver about that last one.)
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