Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Vampires? No thanks!

Well,

I have read the Twilight Saga and didn't completely vomit, or collapse or hang myself. I wouldn't describe it as quality writing or literature but it was mildly diverting. Would I be recommending millions of people should be reading it. NO. But there we are these trends just happen, regardless of common sense. (Which appears to not be that common).

Unfortunatley the rampant-success of such crappy writing (entertaining on occaision but essentially un-crafted and minimal plot) is that it spawns undead offspring.

I work in a bookshop that has been TAKEN OVER BY VAMPIRE NOVELS. It is totally the worst thing. Such drivel. Such appalling covers - for a start. The blurbs are ALL THE SAME and the content is completely devoid of anything close to originality.

Anyways, the catalyst for this somewhat-bitchy diatribe is the fact that somebody and a publisher have teamed up to publish the mother-of-all-shitty-exploiting-of-trends-in-popular-culture books. Cashing in on vampire-mania plus the extremely successful series Diary of a Wimpy Kid. We are now blessed with DIARY OF A WIMPY VAMPIRE. Okay. What is with this?! There is no connection to the author Jeff Kinney who wrote the Wimpy Kid series but it essentially copies the format, style and content of his series, except with ... wait for it... a vampire as the main character. This is outrageous!
I inherited the Vlad the Drac series from my brother. It was fun, vegetarian, and not a sparkle in sight. Vlad was a dear little thing who ate tomato sauce and floor-polish. It may not have been sophisticated but there is nothing else I have ever come across like it. Written for kids, and loved by kids. Vampires before they got hijacked by anyone and everyone. It is not some commercial mash-up that samples the market place. Children deserve more than that. There is amazing children's literature and then there rubbish that is being force-fed down the throats of booksellers and customers.


It may sell. But ultimately, it is unworthy of anyone who has any discenment at all.

Yours,
Team Jacob