All the vampires in my life...


Vampires... I just can't get enough of them! In every and any genre, and no matter how cheesy the story may be. Vampires have an allure to them that makes them completely irresistible for me...

In the month of January I managed to read 11 books... all about vampires (yes every last one of them was part of the True Blood series) And now I've found my way back to the House of Night vampire books... (this can be qualified as an obsession, I'm well aware of that)

I can remember the exact moment my fascination with vampires started. It was 1997 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer came into my life. I was 100% hooked. No lie, when I grew up (keep in mind I was 11 at this point) I wanted to be Buffy. I genuinely believed there could be a future career in vampire ass kicking, with me as the slayer. Yep, that bubble burst, eventually. But my thirst for vampires had only just begun.

Angel, with the dark, brooding David Boreanaz as its main star, joined Buffy on my tv screen in 1999 (no, this isn't quite a history of vampires on tv, it does have a point... honest). At 13, one of my first crushes was the vampire with a soul, Angel. Not only could vampires live forever, this hunk of a man could be forever gorgeous and heartbreakingly soulful for the duration... or at least until he got some nookie, and then he turned bad boy... but even that was appealing.

Years passed, but the vampire fascination never faded, the vampires kept coming into my life, Interview with a Vampire and Dracula (one of my mum's favourites), Blade... even BBC's outstanding Being Human tv series. The worlds in which vampires exist are fanstic because of the human element they hold within them, either in their interactions or their actions. And with book series like True Blood and The Vampire Diaries, and my more recent discoveries The Morganville Vampires and The House of Night series, I have a seemingly never-ending supply of stories... I've found that reading about vampires is possibly even better than watching them on the screen... unlike on tv, my imagination has no limits, vampires that fly do so effortlessly, not with a wire and some CGI.

Then came Twilight... Now here I may be a bit controversial, but I honestly did not (categorically did NOT) want to like the Twilight series. Everyone and their mother/aunt/neighbour/best friend/cousin/cat/dog/pony/pet chimp/imaginary colleagues/you name it, they all read the books and watched the first film then spoke about how much better than sliced bread it was. Now, I don't tend to listen to hype, I watch things and make my own mind up. But in this case, I refused to watch Twilight, because, well, I thought it would be rubbish. I was almost willing it to be rubbish. That many people obsessing over vampires just made me uncomfortable.

Partly I was used to being treated as an odd ball for loving vampires, but I couldn't bring myself to believe that something so commercialised could be good. Eventually I gave in (as I'm a vampire loving human and I wanted to watch and then yell "HA! I knew it would be rubbish!). So I borrowed my friend's DVD of the first twilight movie. I sat down to watch on a week night (that's how little hope I gave the film, figuring I would turn it off half way through and enjoy a good night of smugness induced sleep).

Much to my shame and embarrassment, I loved it. Yep. I sold out. I couldn't help but love it, because after all, vampires are my thing. They're dangerous and eternal, age and illness doesn't affect them, they're pretty much indestructible and follow no person's rules... They are the incarnation of everything I felt (growing up) that life should be.

And now through my own writing I am bringing my own vampires to life. The intelligent Julien Mae, detective to the vampires. The beautiful Erika, with her newly turned innocence. The deceitful and charming Derek. The brute force of Markus. The elegance of Aalirah. The logical minded Bialy. All of them are wrapped up in a little world I have created, and which sadly, I have decided needs re-writing from scratch, even though I was about two thirds into the novel already.

But things in life are sent to test us... or at least to work our fingers to the bone trying to figure them out! One day I will be the proud owner of a completed vampire novel, and not just the world that lives inside my head. That day will probably be the most rewarding of my life thus far, until then I will keep on enjoying my favourite beings brought to life in so many different genres by a world full of people who share one thing in common: their attraction to the Vampire story. Wish me luck!

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  1. Good luck!

    Just stopped by from the Campaign fantasy group to say hi. :-)

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  2. Hey there, fellow Campaigner!
    I did that with the Harry Potter books. That many people like them? It must be bad! Then my sister borrowed all of the first three books from a friend, I read them in one weekend, and then became one of those people who signed up for same day delivery of the fourth book from Amazon...

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  3. Hi there! Glad you stopped by =)

    I actually did something similar with the Harry Potter books too! I didn't want to read them... then after watching the third film the bug to know what happened next just got to me. And they are brilliant, I even bought the last one while I was working for a summer in Canada... I'm ashamed to admit it =P

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  4. Welcome to Canada! I live there :-)

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  5. I love love love Canada! words cannot even begin to describe the awesome time I had while I was there! I even originally started this blog to detail my Canadian adventures! =)

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  6. Oh, that's great! I'll go check out the old posts.

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  7. Hi Karina, I am in your campaign group, and I am coming around to say hi to everybody and introduce myself :) I look forward to getting to know you better! And I have to say, it is refreshing to see somebody in the writing community admit to enjoying Twilight :)

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  8. Good luck! STopping by from the campaign to say hi.

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  9. Hi - nice post. It made me smile.
    First time I heard of Twilight was when it appeared on my Netflix list. Then, of course, I wanted to hate it. Then I watched it. Of course, I loved. I confess.

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  10. Hi everyone! Just wanted to say a big thanks for following! I've tried to follow everyone back =) (if I've missed you out give me a nudge with your link and I'll gladly oblige) Thanks again, Karina xoxo

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  11. You would go nuts over a vampire story I read the first page to over the weekend. Great premise. And the author is 16, too. Some promising talent is on the rise.

    I gave you a shout-out on my blog today! :)

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  12. I loved this post, I still love a good vampire story too! and although there are an abundance of vamp stories out there both in the YA and adult market I think they are still going strong!

    I never got into buffy, but I was totally hooked on Angel! I always think I should go back and watch some Buffy now.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog - I'm following back now too!

    Goodluck with the writing, I look forward to reading more about your progress.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by my blog =) vampires are the best stories out there (though I am biased in saying that) I love your blog, the artwork on there is pretty awesome (I'm an art buff) I look forward to reading more of your posts too =)

      Karina xoxo

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  13. great post - I enjoyed the chronology of your ... obsession :) There really is nothing like finishing the last words of your very first book - I'm still high from it!
    Good luck
    Laura x

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    1. glad you liked reading about my obsession lol it's been a lifelong issue... *sigh* I'm still very much high from finishing my first draft too! It's great to tell people I have a "finished" story... the editing process isn't something I've ever relished though...
      I'll definitely need luck!
      Karina xoxo

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  14. From the Campaign and just dropped by to say hi! Love the post. I am with you and have the same passion. Good luck with the book!

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    1. Always great to meet likeminded people =) I've popped over to your blog today... I look forward to reading more of your posts!

      Karina xoxo

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  15. Greetings from a fellow Platform-Building Campaigner, in the romance category. Congratulations on completing your first manuscript! And best of luck to you in getting it published. I'm only 9000 words into my first WIP, so have lots to learn!

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    1. good luck with your manuscript! the first hurdle is getting your story onto paper... if I hadn't joined NaNoWriMo I don't think I would have gotten mine finished yet!

      Karina xoxo

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