Top 5 Innovative Vampire Novels

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Books | 4 Comments

Being a vampire novelist myself, I tend to gravitate towards those types of stories in my reading free time. About a year ago I was asked to put together my top five most innovative vampire novels. I recently stumbled upon that post, and have decided to syndicate it to see if you agree or disagree with my top five list.

#1 Dracula, Bram Stoker

‘Cmon, this was a given. Since, as far as we know, vampires don’t exist, and their mythology is present in many different cultures, the top innovator for pulling it all together was the one and only Bram Stoker. And what an innovator he was. There were no published vampire stories before him, so essentially he had to come up with it all (pulling, of course, from the ancient stories passed down), but still! Look at what vampires have become, and how none of it would have been if it weren’t for Mr. Stoker himself. A true visionary, a true talent, and perhaps a true vampire…? (One can only hope)

#2. You Suck, by Christopher Moore

As I thought this through, I knew I would be completely biased in putting You Suck at the very time of this list, after all, it is my favorite book of all time. Though you see that didn’t stop me in the least. You Suck deserves to be here. As far as vampire novels go, many adopt a very somber tone, many times as lifeless as the vampires themselves, but You Suck brings new life into the creatures of night. It’s likely the most humorous vampire novel I’ve read, which makes it an innovator among the adventure/terror/horror vampires of popular literature.

#3. Queen of the Damned, by Anne Rice

This was a no brainer; Ann Rice has been writing innovative vampire tales for longer than many of us have been alive. Queen of the Damned was no different. Sure, I saw the movie (Stuart Townsend as the vampire Lestat was downright delicious) before picking up the book, but there’s no doubt the book is leagues above the movie. The way Anne Rice went back into the history of vampires and how it all began is innovation enough (stemming from ancient Egypt instead of Romania– girl, you’ve got skillz… with a Z), let alone intertwining it with complex characters and stories (and, did I mention Stuart Townsend is yummy?).

#4. The Twilight Saga, by Stephanie Meyer

You have to give credit where credit is due. As far as a vampire story and characteristics go, Stephanie Meyer has a very unique representation, and added a new level of humanization to the idea of vampires. From complex relationships with their would-be meals, to the Volturi coven in Italy, it’s a great adventure through a new concept of vampires.

#5. The Undead Series, MaryJanice Davidson

Another in the vampire humor genre, MaryJanice Davidson has created a hilarious vampire character, a ton of sex, and a new view on how a recently turned to vampire individual copes, and tries to maintain some of their humanity (it’s hard and hilarious, as you’ll hear protagonist Betsy narrate).
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  1. Sam
    November 20, 2013

    I love this blog! I definitely agree with Dracula, it’ll always be one of my favorites, and I have to find You Suck, it sounds really good. 🙂

    • Djinnia
      November 20, 2013

      There are more than one in that series. I think three. Maybe. One of the characters makes an appearance in dirty job also by Moore. He is hilarious.

      • Ashley Ruggirello
        November 20, 2013

        I think you’re right, I’ve just only read You Suck (thus far). Moore is a super talented man!

        • Sam
          November 20, 2013

          You Suck is the second one of three (I looked them up). 🙂

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