There’s a lot of hostility toward this particular genre, I’ve noticed in the publishing world. When I research potential publishers for short story submissions or my impending novel, a depression epic of sorts, I see it, over and over again.
It’s kind of funny. I mean, I get it. Since Stoker, there’s been an obsession with vampires and zombies have waxed and waned since Romero, and most of the stories are derivative and uninspired.
They’re also money makers, in the way pop music is to that particular industry, despite having little artistic value and almost no lasting power from a cultural standpoint.
Part of this, I assume, comes from backlash against twaddle like Twilight, which made millions for its author while doing nothing for art, culture, politics or social conditions of any sort.
Unless you count Bella’s core motivation to have a baby and get married as contributing to the conditions of society, which I’m assuming only religious fundamentals and misogynists would.
It’s often compared to other epic franchises like The Hunger Games or Harry Potter, but let’s be fair here: beyond both being YA series, there’s a great deal of difference in terms of depth and focus.
There’s a lot political about J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins’ work. Twilight is largely pablum. If anything, it’s regressive.
I imagine among the literary community, that’s pretty much a heresy for any indie publisher who wants to print art and not pulp.
That said, it’s not like you can’t write a good vampire or zombie novel.
Interview With The Vampire is brilliant. Personally, I have ideas in both genres, though I’d be aiming more for Dracula or World War Z, than whatever passes for zombie or vampire fiction these days.
Something epic that speaks to the human condition or some geopolitical question. Vampires and zombies make great metaphors; perhaps our romanticizing of them has been their downfall.
They’re meant to be monsters, not role models. Romero’s zombies represented blind consumerism and dogma. Stoker’s Dracula was a predator hiding behind smoke and civility.
What do our current monsters stand for?
Sparkles and abs?