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Do we need more vampires?

The term paranormal has caught on in the publishing industry the last few years. Paranormal is a term used to describe the parallel worlds of ghosts, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and usually these creatures interact with humans who find them dangerously attractive. Or it’s a story about a human with special powers. Whatever the story and the degree of its paranormal elements, it is my opinion that the vampire has led the charge in the popularity of the paranormal genre.

With the success of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, Charlaine Harris’s True Blood, Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy Series, L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries and J.R. Ward’s, The Black Dagger Brotherhood (as well as a bunch of other awesome titles I know I’m missing), will readers be vampired out in the near future?

Or are vampires here to stay?

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What I learned at Comic Con

Comic Con 2010 - Saturday July 24th

I attended Comic Con in San Diego this past weekend. To me, the vampire couldn’t be ignored, especially since I attended the “Popularity of Vampire Literature’ panel, an all-star collection of authors I admire. Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy), Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse Series), Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires), Heather Brewer (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod), Christopher Farnsworth (Blood Oath: The President’s Vampire), Chris Marie Green (The Vampire Babylon Series), and Jeanne C. Stein (the Anna Strong Series).

I really appreciated their candor about the future of publishing and their personal stories in getting published. The room was packed with goblins, superheroes and yes, vampires. As the teenage girl next to me kept repeating “OMG OMG OMG!’ in fan worship, it hit me how much authors have to step outside of their comfort zone. Writing is a solitary craft, but in today’s publishing world, authors not only have to write, they have to promote their work in the public eye. A great lesson to take away from these successful authors.

After the panel, I went over to the Community panel to see Chevy Chase and my new favorite actress Alison Brie. Comic Con – I plan to be back next year!

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