On the one hand, they are interesting characters to play around with. They have this dark but sexy vibe that is pumping through the veins of (western) culture right now. Vampires have allusion of portraying human characteristics but at the same time, they are monsters. Bottom line, point blank.
It doesn't matter how much sparkles you put on a vampire, they are creatures of the night. They hunt, prey and consume blood. Now whether that blood is animal or human (or if it has to be human or no) that's a whole other matter.
Either way, vampires can be used pretty interestingly in books. And they have been. Which brings me to the loathing part of our relationship.
On the other hand, vampires are literally everywhere. You can't walk into the romance section of Barnes and Noble without seeing a vampire book staring you right in the face.
And let's not talk about the Young Adult/Teen section. Vampires are literally everywhere.
Which is exactly why I won't write about them. Currently.
I say currently, because I like vampires. I like seeing them in their non glorified state. I like seeing them in the purest, oldest form possible. I like seeing them as monsters and killing people.
And maybe I like to see the internal struggle between being a monster but looking human and still feeling like a human. Just without the overly dramatic, "I want to taste your blood (but I can't because I love you SOOO much)!" part.
Additionally, I've written short stories about vampires (which is in Everblossom 2, so you'll have to wait and read it!) and I would like to take it a step further and write a YA paranormal romance novel about them (notice, it's not going to be a series!). However, I just don't want to become part of the vampire teen section thing.
I guess I'm conflicted and confused.
As a writer, I know there's a story behind these characters but would I really want to become part of the thing I rebel against the most? Do I want to be part of the vampire crowd?
What do you love or hate about vampires?