Monday, October 03, 2011

Vampire Monday: Karin Shah

The Eternal Appeal of Vampires or How to be Popular for Eternity

Vampires. The word used to conjure a pale man with widow’s peak hair, red-glowing eyes, and fangs dripping blood, but those days are mostly gone. The vampire in fiction is now a character of admiration and desire.

Popular culture has moved from Bela Lugosi’s Dracula to Twilight’s Edward, and the shift has been the most dramatic in Romance. Why the change from monster to hero?

At first glance the appeal is skin deep. Immortality? Check. Eternal youth? Check. Magnetic attractiveness? Check. And then there are the optional, but also compelling abilities: shape-shifting, mind control, flying, sparkling (just kidding). And since they have lived a long time, they are, almost without exception, rich.

Still if you look closer, I think vampires appeal to Romance readers on a far more archetypal level.

1. Vampires are the bad boys. The unattainable. They provide an edge of danger and the promise of a truly everlasting love. There is often a mate bond. What woman wouldn’t love the idea of a soul mate who will never stray?

2. Rooting interest. The vampire hero has experienced untold loss and pain, often through no fault of his own. We want to be the one to ease his pain.

3. Limitations. Though the rules may change depending on the author, vampires are generally restricted from going out in the sun, entering without an invitation, or stepping on holy ground. They may also be burned by holy water, crosses, or deflected by some other magical means. (An early superstition stated that to slow a vampire you could throw down a handful of seeds and the vampire would be compelled to stop and pick up every one. Probably handy if you were in the middle of planting, but not so much any other time). These limitations are attractive because of the appeal of vulnerability. One of my favorite books is a Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark Hunter novel, in which Zarek, the hero, covers his vulnerability by pushing people away in the crudest ways possible. The heroine sees through this (ironic because she’s blind for part of the book). We want to be the one to see the something special inside the hero that no one else does, the only one who really understands him.

So what do you think? What are some of your favorite vampire novels or characters? And why do you think vampires will remain undead for many years to come?

Bio: From childhood, Karin Shah wrote herself into her favorite TV shows before falling asleep every night. But, despite graduating with a degree in English as a Writing Art from SUNY Oswego, Karin had no plans to write as a career. She got her Master’s in Library and Information Science at the State University at Buffalo and worked as a School Librarian in a suburb of Rochester, NY, for five years, before discovering writing was where her heart lay.

Her first book, STARJACKED, a Science Fiction Romance is available from Samhain Publishing. Her second book BLOOD AND KISSES will be available October 15th from Soul Mate Publishing.

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Karin will give away a copy of her book to one commenter. Stop back by to see if you won.


Anonymous Vanessa N. said...

I love vampire stories. Thy are hot because they are strong, alpha, and very mysterious. I do love Devereux from the Vampire Shrink and and Quinn from the Riley Jensen Series by Keri Arthur. Thanks for the chance.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Paulette said...

Hi Karin!
Waving madly! Vamps are the greatest they're the bad boys of the night we all love.
Can hardly wait to read your new book.
J. Paulette Forshey

7:16 PM  
Blogger Karin Shah said...

Thank you both for commenting! I ended up being swamped today and this is the first time I've had a chance to check it!

The chances of winning a fee copy when the book comes out are very good*g*!


7:58 PM  
Blogger Melodie Campbell said...

Found your 'bad boy' comments right on the mark! I found - to my shock - that I have fallen in love with the villain (rather than the hero) in my book Rowena Through the Wall. It's that old bad boy attraction, which you astutely point out here.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Karin Shah said...

Thanks for you comment, Melodie!:-)


9:22 PM  
Blogger Karin Shah said...

Boy, I can't spell tonight. So far it's a "fee" book and instead of "your' I said "you".

My eyes are going wonky*g*


9:24 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

Hi Karin! Fun blog. Gotta love those bad boys whatever form they may take:-)

Hugs, Becky

5:17 AM  
Blogger AquarianDancer said...

I agree that vampires are tempting in the sense that once mated, they will never stray. Who wants to deal with the possibility of being left behind? Also, they're just so attractive...both chemically and visually.

AquarianDancer @ gmail . com

6:37 AM  
Blogger Jodelle55 said...

I loved your article about vampires. I think you hit on both reasons I would be interested in a vampire boyfriend; they are rich and interesting. After all, who wants a poor boring mate?

7:25 AM  
Blogger Karin Shah said...

Thanks for stopping by Becky!


7:38 AM  
Blogger Karin Shah said...

You got that right, Aquariandancer! There's also that -- he's mine ladies, nana, nana, nana! :-)

Thanks for posting!

7:40 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Hi Karin! Who doesn't love Vampires? They're so sexy (even when they glitter and that's saying something) I think its because they are just so Alpha. Or maybe they're just hot - so to speak.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Karin Shah said...

Ha, Jodie! I think you just explained TWILIGHT. :-)

Thanks for visiting!


7:42 AM  
Blogger ReneeRearden said...

Oh, the lure of the bad boy. We all dated one or a few...okay, I did anyway. Married one, too. Except he's not really a bad boy. Just an alpha that would pulverize anybody that tried to hurt me.

I think the strength and desire to protect is an added draw with vampires. Who wouldn't want to be protected and cherished?

Thanks for the giveaway! I love your cover!!!


9:08 AM  
Blogger Karin Shah said...

Thanks, Margaret and Renee! Yes, they are hot! And you're right Renee. I think that protector ability is definitely an important characteristic! Biology says pick the strongest protector and vampires are t he strongest of the strong!

10:20 AM  
Blogger smiles said...

Just started reading vampire books, some I like some I don't. Will have to add you to my list of reads.

Thank you

2:03 PM  
Blogger Karin Shah said...

Thanks, Shelly! And I have added you to the pot! I'm going to assign each commenter a number, put the numbers on scraps of paper, jumble them up and pull the numbers from my desk drawer. :-)


7:26 AM  
Blogger Karin Shah said...

And the winner is...


This was lots of fun! Thank you all for posting!

There will be another chance to win on October 12th (Soul Mate launch day and Blood and Kisses release day) at my website

I hope you'll stop by!

Soul Mate Publishing

7:37 AM  
Blogger mieledi said...

Nice good.Christian Louboutin like it very much.

11:40 PM  

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