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Case ([personal profile] case) wrote in [community profile] fandomsecrets2017-03-16 06:45 pm

[ SECRET POST #3725 ]

⌈ Secret Post #3725 ⌋

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[personal profile] sarillia 2017-03-16 10:53 pm (UTC)(link)
I had a vampire idea I really liked a while back but I can never quite get a plot to work with it. I'll figure it out eventually.
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[personal profile] randomdrops 2017-03-16 10:54 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm weird in that I'm not too into vampire canon stuff, but I really dig vampire AUs for some of my fandoms/characters.

Don't worry, if they are 'over' they're bound to come back around at some point.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-16 10:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Vampire literature has been popular since the mid 1800s and Bram Stoker's Dracula has never been out of print since 1931. It may wax and wane, but I really, really don't think you need to worry about it being over.
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[personal profile] saturnofthemoon 2017-03-16 11:13 pm (UTC)(link)
The Sonya Blue books are somewhat different from the vampire norm, but they're more like a return to original fictional vamps.

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[personal profile] nanslice 2017-03-16 11:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Hey, I still like vampires too! Not as much as werewolves and zombies (and there's an oversaturated genre) but vamps are still alright. I doubt the genre will ever really be over with.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-16 11:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Not sure what you're looking for, but recently i read two vampire-related books i really liked, so it's reccing time??

The Lesser Dead is about a bunch of vamps living in the New York subways during the mid 70s (they find a small group of vampire kids and, without spoiling anything, things get ugly). (written in first-person, our narrator is a 14 year old looking vampire who was turned 40 years ago.) Some find the plot a bit slow to start, but personnally i didn't mind: the characters are fun, they have kind of a weird ragtag family vibe. :D

The Fifth House of the Heart is basically about an old antique dealer and his ragtag group of thieves who have a run-in with some scary monster vampires. More action-y with an emphasis on adventure, especially during the flashbacks! (this one uses third person narration)

For context, i'm not into the whole sexy suave vampire trope, so none of those books really have that sort of thing. The Lesser Dead's vampires are mostly, well, random people who happen to be vampires (they're terrible people, but, y'know, still just people), while the ones from The Fifth House are... well, they kinda fall into the "sexy vampire" category, but the book doesn't dwell that much on it. (except for that moment where the female vampire attempts to charm our main character, who turns out doesn't care because he's... just not into ladies, lady.)

(not but seriously, the main character from Fifth House is amazing. Snarky cowardly old gay dude. He's whiny as hell but i love him with all my heart.)

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-16 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't think vampires are ever going to be Over, but they're definitely in a lull right now. Personally, I'm happy about the lull, but I wish you all the best, OP.

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-16 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
You should try Ryohgo Narita's Vamp! series.
It's just 5 volume long (also free because as of now only fantranslation exsists) , but he has a really unique take on the entire vampire lore and uses the different vampire skills differently. (For example we have a girl named Piri, whose power is to turn into mist and uses this to her advantage and this is just in volume one. Then there is one vampire who is just a giant telekinetic puddle of blood... very polite, and also communicates by writing, often changes tone and language according to whom he is talking to.)

The writing is clever, as expected of Narita, and keeps things both logical yet surprising. It's like reading a mystery novel, but instead of finding out who the culprit is you have the plotpoints finally falling into place, with that "oh!" moment.

Also it's not an everyday scene that we see a vampire cursing in himself, because he can't wash his hands, can't shower, can't go to the beach or else running water will drain away his powers.

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[personal profile] fishnchips 2017-03-16 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm honestly not quite sure what sort of uniqueness you're looking for. Every possible vampire version has been done at least several times: the charming, suave gentlemanly vampire, the pretty but deadly monster, the angsty one who is pretty much a powered up human, the really ugly-creepy version etc.etc - go any more unique and there isn't really much to connect them to the vampire lore anymore.

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[personal profile] holkie1195 2017-03-16 11:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Actually, vampires have been around for a long time and all around the world.

Try Alyx J. Shaw's The Shroud Eaters. She wrote a lot of different vampires from all over. Including the title vampires, who prey on other vampires.

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[personal profile] morieris 2017-03-16 11:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Honestly the only vampire stories i've read are Darren Shan.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-16 11:31 pm (UTC)(link)
No, they're not over, they are just taking a nap.

But there is so much material made already; I'm sure you'll find enough to tide you over if you keep an open eye.

Have you read Peeps?

(Anonymous) 2017-03-16 11:36 pm (UTC)(link)
It's not an absolutely unique view, but the parasite asides are fun.

Re: Have you read Peeps?

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-16 11:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Have you tried Joe Hill's "NOS4A2" (2013)? It's an original and gripping take.

I also liked John Ajvide Lindqvist's "Let the Right One In" (2004).

Mild spoiler: Both of these also have vamp varieties that haven't been mentioned up-thread (as I have noticed), namely vampire car and vampire kid!

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-16 11:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Did you watch What We Do In The Shadows?
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[personal profile] sabotabby 2017-03-16 11:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Peter Watts' Blindsight. Hard sf, with vampires. The vampires are really cool and he has a truly unique explanation for why they belong in a hard sf novel. Plus it will make you despair forever.

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Watch Near Dark, brah

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[personal profile] starfleetbrat 2017-03-17 12:34 am (UTC)(link)
The most recent vampire thing I loved was Only Lovers Left Behind. And before that, it was Let the Right One In. I prefer the Swedish version, but the US one is almost identical, so it isn't too bad either. The Russian "Night Watch" is pretty good too. The latter two are based on novels, so there are those to read if you prefer books over movies.

I kind of agree with the secret in that a lot of vampire stuff these days seems... twilight-ish. But there is good stuff still out there.

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-17 01:21 am (UTC)(link)
I like them too, and I don't think they're over. They'll be back at some point.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-17 01:24 am (UTC)(link)
Tanith Lee wrote a couple of different vampire novels. I can't recall the titles at the moment (Heart Beast might be one? Then again, that might be one of her werewolf stories).

(Anonymous) 2017-03-17 01:54 am (UTC)(link)
As someone whose secret was featured here just a few days ago- check out the US/Canada remake of Being Human! It features vampires, werewolves, and ghosts in a modern urban setting. Pretty good stuff, falls apart in the last season (mainly because the show got canceled despite decent ratings and the writers had to squeeze 2 seasons' worth of ideas down into one last-minute).

(Anonymous) 2017-03-17 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
This is sort of backwards to the secret, but I got a couple of collections recently of older vampire/ghost short stories, 19th and early 20th century ones - things like "The Vampire of Croglin Hall" by Augustus Hare (supposedly based on a true story), "An Episode of Cathedral History" by M.R. James, or "The Room in the Tower" by E.F. Benson - and a lot of them actually seem quite fresh to me. Maybe because they predate a lot of the overused modern tropes or they use a lot of the older and weirder-to-modern-eyes folklore? I liked the Benson story in particular, it's got a nice gothic mix of prophetic dreams, haunted portraits and some of the older vampire ideas like the connection to suicides.

For a (somewhat) more modern rec, though, have you tried Barbara Hambly's James Asher series? They're set in the 1910s and they're sort of a weird mix of vampire detective stories and turn-of-the-century spy shenanigans, with the mix swinging more one way or the other depending on which book you're on. I found them really refreshing, both because the vampires are genuinely alien and predatory even when we're currently rooting for them, and also because in the first book a vampire threatens the main character's wife to ensure his cooperation and the first thing he does is go home and tell her about it. And discuss what they, not he, are going to do about it. I don't know, I just found that refreshing. No miscommunications, no horrible secrets to put a strain on their marriage while he fights for their lives, nope, he just goes home and has an honest conversation about it instead, and then they both proceed to unfold the plot of the book both together and seperately.
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[personal profile] alwaysbeenasmiler 2017-03-17 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
I don't want to say that vampires are 'over' but I think that there will be the next big thing and then vampires will sort of go into hiding until something happens that brings them back and around again-- we just have to wait for it, I suppose

(Anonymous) 2017-03-17 03:08 am (UTC)(link)
I really like Agyar, by Steven Brust. It's a different take on a bunch of things.

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Check out Fledgling by Octavia Butler

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