Dracula: Left or Right? And Where Twilight Went Wrong

Beyond Every Mirror

Last week, a friend called me with a great idea for a TV show she wants to pitch to Netflix. She was contacting me because, a) She is a huge fan of my fiction, so she wishes to have me co-write with the scriptwriter for the show, and b) Because of my knowledge of horses (around which the show will revolve). All this aside, we got talking about my books, vampire books in general and then about why she loves my books (other than reviews, we authors rarely hear why people love, or even hate, our books). Of course Anne Rice came into the conversation. My books have been compared to Anne Rice’s, sometimes positively and sometimes negatively. But the fact is, I am not Anne Rice (I wish I had her fame and money though); I am my own writer with my own style.

In any event, the reason Anne Rice came to play in our conversation was not to compare my books to hers (a first), but to make a point. My friend started with reference to Dracula. “Dracula was the start,” she said. “He’s the pinnacle of vampire fiction.” The culmination of all things vampire. Several vampire genres made their way into the conversation, including, of course, Twilight. “Twilight is what vampire fiction shouldn’t be!” She went on to explain that she, like most vampire fans (particularly adults), like vampires who stay on the basic Dracula path, taking their own road but remaining either to the left or right of it.

Twilight, for example, is nowhere near it! It has its own road and I have found that vampire lovers either love it or hate it. Since it’s geared towards young adults, who usually haven’t had a ton of exposure to vampire fiction of all kinds through many years, they can accept sparkling blood drinkers who don’t bleed when you cut off an appendage.

Anne Rice, on the other hand, parallels Dracula in many ways, as Dracula is one heck of a horrifying romance. Many consider the relationship between Louis, Lestat and Claudia a sort of difunctional sexual family, even though Anne Rice’s vampires can’t have sex in a traditional way. Then, of course, there’s the blood exchange. That’s where Twilight falls short; These are vampires… where’s the blood? (said in the same vein as the “Where’s the beef?” lady (Clara Peller) of 1984)

My friend made it clear that most vampire stories fall short of Dracula in too many ways, but mine are on the other parallel of Dracula, along the same (once again) vein as Anne Rice, yet quite different. “They are both unique but don’t stray too far from the original vampire stories.”

I thought it might be fun to make a chart comparing our vampires and the basic “Dracula” rules… Just the vampires mentioned here. I know many many vampire authors exist out there, but I can’t compare them all, so I will stick to Ms. Rice, Dracula and, yes, Twilight, to my vampires (I know, I am not famous yet, but It’s my Blog and I’ll say what I want to..” (think “It’s My Party” by Leslie Gore, 1963). I also, believe it or not, read little vampire fiction. I have trouble liking most of the characters. I have read True Blood, Dracula, Dracula-like books, Vampire Chronicles, and Christine Feehan. I used to read older vampire fiction, such as by romance authors Karen E. Taylor and Maggie Shayne (and others).

Check out the chart below:

Fate of the True Vampires

 


CHART

DRACULA VAMPIRE CHRONICLES

 

TWILIGHT

 

FATE OF THE TRUE VAMPIRES

 

Drinks Human Blood YES             YES          YES
Turns into animals/mist, whatever…  NO             NO           NO

(Today, it seems, shifters have their own genres and vampires don’t fit that category any longer)

Killed by sun (No) YES No, they only sparkle!! (NOTE: How can something that drinks blood to exist be made of… what are they made of… alloy??) Most.

(rare exceptions can walk in sun)

(In the original “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, 1897, Dracula could go out in daylight.
It wasn’t until the movie “Nosferatu” (1922) that vampires were depicted as being killed by sunlight)

Can Fly (as a bat or other winged animal only) YES
( as themselves, but only certain powerful ones have this ability)
NO           NO
Can’t see self in mirror They CAN see selves in mirrors They can see selves Can see selves in mirrors

(so, apparently the mirror reflection thing is gone from most vampire fiction today)

Repelled by crosses/crucifixes Nope. As Louis says, “I’m quite fond of looking at crucifixes” NO NO.

Originals were considered Gods and existed long before Christianity

Tragic romance plot      Some believe IWTV was romantic (and tragic). Other “romance” can be found in other books in series. No tragic…anything! Multiple romances throughout the series. Some tragic.
Evil, scary vampires Some could be considered “evil” None (not even the bad guys are scary) Some might call Yin evil

 


Win some great free gifts!

I just wanted everyone to know that I am having a big giveaway on my web site (click here). I have some gift packages (non-book related) to give away, including sets with a watch, executive pen, radio, and more. I am also giving away signed copies of my paperback books. Ways to enter:

  • Head to my website (LINK)
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  • (Optional) Join my email list for updates on my books and other greats.

You don’t have to join my email list to enter the giveaway. Taking the survey puts you on the list to enter. I am not here to spam anyone, just to grab some reader attention. 🙂 Giving away gifts, to me, is fun. It’s also a way to get to know you a bit with the survey. Your answers will help me know what you like so I can get more out there for you.

Enjoy!


Cleopatra and the New “Sands of Time”

Most people have either seen one of several movies made about Cleopatra’s life or read about her. The interesting thing, for fiction writers and movie makers, about Cleopatra’s life, is that there is so little historically available on her. Most of her life is left to speculation. As a popular topic and popular Queen (the last Pharaoh in Egypt before Rome took over). There are certain events that have been written into history and are well known; however, other details can be played with. For example, the fact that she was a powerful woman who used her lure and sexuality to get more of what she wanted, using powerful men as pawns, is a well known fact. Also known is her children; one with Caesar and several with Mark Antony.

In the latest installment of “Sands of Time,” Cleopatra’s “aid” Kesi plays a large part in Cleopatra’s fame, her life, her decisions and even her death. I do believe this will be a book all historical paranormal and vampire fans will enjoy wholeheartedly. I will be offering contests based on this book, as well as giving away free copies. Just join my newsletter to be the first to learn of all new books, chapters, freebies and more. www.christinechurch.net

Extended Edition of Sands of Time.


Cleopatra!

Cleopatra’s “true” story is revealed

It’s happening! Kesi, star of the first two “Fate of the True Vampires” series has met and interacted with, Cleopatra. You have certainly heard her name! Cleopatra was the last Queen of Egypt. After her death, the city of Alexandria, where Cleopatra lived, was taken over by Rome.

In this Expanded Special Edition of Sands of Time: Book One Fate of the True Vampires series, Kesi meets Cleopatra and attempts to rule by the queen’s side. As the “original” Queen of the Nile, Kesi feels it is her place to sit by Cleopatra. But, things do not turn out as she had hoped. Cleopatra is obstinate and determined – in ways Kesi never dreamed a human could be. And a Greek ruling Egypt?? Kesi does all she can to dethrone Cleopatra, but not until the queen steals Cleopatra’s man does Kesi decide the fate of the last Queen of Egypt… she must die, but it must appear to be suicide.

If you love vampires, this book is not to be missed. An extraordinarily new take on an old genre. Revisit history as you have never seen it!


New Books, Giveaway and Tour

Happy New Year to EVERYONE!!!!  Now that 2017 is upon us, I wanted to write a post on all the fantastic plans I have for this year! This is not something to miss, particularly if you love to read romantic fantasy and win wonderful free prizes!!

Sands of Time, Special Edition: Still in the works, this Special Edition of Sands of Time, will have extra material, new scrolls never before seen, and be fleshed out and revised. Whether or not you read “Sands of Time,” you will want to get this book. VIP members who have gained good standing on my newsletter/email list will receive some of these new writings FREE!

Anthology:  Do you love horror stories? I will be putting out a collection of short horror stories that I wrote and were published many many years ago. If you like horror and want a fun quick read, this little book will please you greatly.

BOOK THREE, Fate of the True Vampires series will be out in the spring!! It’s called Blood Moon: Diary of a Highland Massacre. It will be deep and involved! If you love vampires, Scottish hottest and a darn good, yet unique tale, this one’s for you!!

 

In the meantime, check out my book blog tours… giveaways galore! You can find them at www.christinechurch/net/events-tours.