So my son is here for the week, visiting me. He's an avid reader so we've had some lively discussions about where different genres are going and what kinds of story lines are out there. It's been interesting to say the least. Last night we discussed vampire stories. I sent him off with Shiloh Walker's Hunter series. Hmmmm. Next I figure I'll give him NJ Walker's Dalakis series. Heh.
One of the things we've discussed is the way that vampires have evolved from evil, dangerous antagonists to dangerous champion protagonists. How did that happen? What was the driving force behind that move? Roughly the same thing has happened to the werewolf genre. Is it perhaps because the old stereotypes were too inaccessible to us as readers?
I believe that the dark side holds a certain fascination for us, but we need it cleaned up. Instead of embracing the worst of the legends, we've taken those aspects that appeal to us the most and discarded those that disturbed us the most--or we've changed those elememts in ways that allow us to deal with them.
It will be interesting to see how we adapt other legends and story lines to meet our needs. Literature in all its forms is an ever-changing, ever-adapting entity. What will be the next thing?
I apologize for the late, abbreviated post. After losing my blog multiple times, I finally gave up and went to bed. Hopefully, tonight will be better.