Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Most Popular YA Vampire Books...

In case you hadn't noticed, vampires are pretty popular. Although fads concerning bloodsuckers have fluctuated ever since Dracula was released by Bram Stoker, today we can turn to variety of vampirism-based novels that brings a whole new level of fantasy into the modern world. Observe some of the most popular vampire novels today.

Twilight is probably the first book that comes to your mind when you think of vampires. And while Edward Cullen and Bella Swan's romance may have spawned a movie series - and an array of new film stars - don't forget that Anne Rice was pumping out the vampire books long before Stephenie Meyer ever dreamt of handsome, sparkling dead guys. Her Vampire Chronicles are among the most well-known vampire novels in the world. By extension, another 90's era vampire series that has become popular again is L. J. Smith's Vampire Diaries, which far preceded Edward and Bella, and today is the basis of the smash-hit television series of the same name.

Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy novels encompass six gripping, shocking and romantic YA novels. I find it hard to believe that her books haven't been made into a movie yet. As it is, a graphic novel and companion guide was just released to complete the set - which makes me wonder if movie plans are right around the corner.

And although The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare isn't about vampires - it's primarily about Shadowhunters - she does an amazing job of incorporating our bloodsucking friends into her novels.

So what are your favorite vampire novels? Have they been given the attention they deserve?
I'll be starting Thirst #1 soon, and I'm just wrapping up the last of the Vampire Academy series, so I'll see if they make my list of paranormal favorites.


  1. I haven't read the Vampire Diaries, but I like LJ Smith's writing. My favorite vampire novel is older--it's called COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT by Vivian Vande Velde. One of the few books I ever read more than once!

  2. It's hard for me to read books more than once - I remember everything in it! So I usually wait a few years to go back and thumb through it. (unless I just want to relive an epic moment!)

  3. Thirst #1 - is that Christopher Pike? I feel old now - I read the Last Vampire Series when they all came out.

    I love love love the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries from Charlaine Harris. Adult Twilight. (True Blood)


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