Friday, August 28, 2009

Show Me Yer Fangs

Good Morning Folks!

I'm excited...why? Well, years ago the only vampire fare available was stuff like Buffy or Anne Rice books, but now there's a whole slew of vampire/paranormal stuff with a whole range of emotions and stories. (And I'm not usually into vampire stuff) But now there's a lot of other options out there. There's several choices and routes in the whole paranormal world. It's a big genre.

I've recently started Michelle Rowen's book, Lady And The Vamp and I went nuts right from the beginning. She's got he own spin on vampire things and I'm already hooked (only 13-14 pages into it!) Apparently it's the 3rd book in a series, and I didn't know that. I thought it was the first one, but I'm still enjoying it. Bitten And Smitten is the first one...but I can always go back and read that one. I might as well finish the one I've got since I'm already into it.

The really cool things about fads in books is if you're into the fad or trend or certain genre that's currently popular you have so many options. You can read the hardcore stick-to-the-rules type or something different. I'm not into all fads, but I do like these "alternate" vampire/paranormal books. I think they're fun.

I remember once telling someone that reading and writing was like breathing to me. You can't live without air and I can't live without writing and reading. I think most writers feel that way. So having lots of choices in a particular genre I'm enjoying is completely awesome!

So, here's a couple of questions for the day: What fads have you gotten into when it comes to books and did you go with the ones that were the hardcore rule following or the alternate ones? What fads would you like to see in books? What category (or fad) would you be willing to write within?

Have A Fangtastic Friday!


Stephanie Faris said...

I remember being in Romance Writers of America 15 years ago and hearing vampire romances were a no-no. Paranormals didn't sell. Romance authors LOVED those books, so it was odd to me. They wrote them despite what the trends said and for some, it paid off. I love romantic comedy and while that's not really trendy, it's not out of style either. But I can't write vampires...I just am not interested in that and I think it would show.

J.J. Bennett said...

I'm pleading "the 5th" on this one. I think being something new is more fun than being just like everyone else. That's just me though...

I just like great stories period.

bethanyintexas said...

Something new is fun, but I wouldn't hold it against anyone for following a so-called fad. I write a lot of different things, not just what might be so-called popular.

Write what interests you is always a good idea. I've had published writers say "Write what you want to read, chances are, someone else will want to, too."

Have a great day!

J.J. Bennett said...

For sure! I agree Bethany...Write what you'd read. Great advice! ;)

bethanyintexas said...

I credit Stephenie Meyer and some other authors with saying that, but I remember Stephenie Meyer actually saying that in interviews.

Regina Milton said...

I like vampire movies but have yet to really get into paranormal reading. I like fun stories though and so much of what I'm hearing in this new fad sounds fun. Would you recommend the series you are reading now Bethany? I want to break into the genre the best way possible. I haven't really ever read or written a fad book, but I'm willing to try reading one.

bethanyintexas said...


Please see post for Saturday. I'm going to put in my answer to your questions there.

Thank you for the inspiration!