Davis sees Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire” as the sire of the modern vampire novel which turns Dracula from the villain into the dark hero. Davis believes that the vampire has a James Dean-like allure, particularly for teens.
Not only are vamps portrayed as sophisticated loners, reviled by their peers and tormented by their bloodlust, but for some reason they like to hang about in schools.
It seems to me that vampires are less popular amongst romance readers with more and more emphasis on the shapeshifters. The question, I suppose, is whether the paranormal trend will swing back toward increased vampire stories. I’m ready to move on. How about you?
Thanks RebeccaJ for the link.