The Generational Divide In The Horror Novel.
Ok, so I know that the title of this post may seem a little odd, but hear me out on this… So back in the day when it came to mainstream horror in just about all forms (and I am talking about in both the written and cinematic forms of most of the past 200 years,) horror used to be scary… Remember?
Well what has happened to horror? I mean there is a ton of great historically amazing horror novelists to choose from! You got, ‘Stephen King’ who has brought us such scary tales as, ‘The Shinning,’ ‘Cujo’, ‘It’ and a ton of other truly awesome, and still currently relevant and scary works of fiction! Another great one is, ‘Clive Barker’, this guy has brought us some of the greatest goriest works of fiction in the 20th century! (with Helnraiser having started off in the book form and all…) And then there is Bram Stoker… And well if you don’t know who this guy is, then you should probably not be reading this blog!
That is just to name a few… But the truth is, is that there have been a ton of other truly fun scary novels for all ages… So i ask again… What has happened to horror?
Ok, so I get it… Now I am not trying to be sexist when I say this, (I do apologize, this may sound a bit sexist…) But it seems like most of the time these days, a lot of horror is being written for women, and kind of taking men out of the scene…
A great example of this is the modern vampire sub-genre… Let’s take the, ‘Twilight’ series in this turn…
We all know about the movie series that brought both Robert Pattinson (The Rover) and Kristen Stewart (Equals) to international attention… but before it was a movie, the Twilight series started off as a series of novels that were written by: Stephenie Meyer.
Now I may be wrong about this, but I feel like these novels kind of started a trend in Vampire novels (and to some extent in the cinematic world,) that has turned vampires from being depraved monsters that would like to suck blood and do what they can to get it, in to basically a weird supernatural romance series…
Don’ get me wrong, there has always been a certain amount of eroticism associate with the vampire series… But just take a look at this photo here:
The Lost Boys, albeit a movie, is a killer tale of a group of Vampires that have been hold up in a small town for the past bunch of decades, and the human family that they stalk to try to turn!
Now that is a pretty simplified basic look at the story line… Now look at the picture again…
Basically in Twilight, the Vampires can go out in to sunlight, and instead of it being more dark and gothic tonally, it is more about a whiny Vampire who falls in love with a human girl!
Don’t get me wrong, I am sure the novels and the movies for, ‘Twilight’are decent enough works, my strongest disagreement with that series is how they have made it almost impossible for true horror fans to enjoy… And hav turned the dark and gothic bad-ass vampire in to a whiny simpering pain in the ass!
The next one is, ‘The Vampire Diaries’… Well we will go in to that one another time as that is TV, but needless to say… That one is another that has helped to destroy the Vampire sub-genre!
Finally, the last thing that I wanted to say about the genre itself is this… I don’t mind there being any element of any kind of love story with in the series… As a matter of fact, historically the best Vampire novels have some element of this in them… I guess what I am trying to say is that give the world back it’s, ‘Lost Boys’, it’s, ‘Dracula’, it’s, ‘Interview With The Vampire’ type stories… Those are what rocks, not this new generation of Vampire non-sense!