Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday. This week they ask us to share lists on the following:
August 25: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101)
No I can already tell this week’s list is going to be fairly similar to many other lists I’ve posted for this blog meme. Quite frankly I’m not feeling all that original this morning, yet still feel the need to participate instead of skipping. I’m going to pick Paranormal Pop Lit 101:Vampires for my class because it is the main subject matter I feel I am well versed enough to think up a well-rounded reading list. So the following books are all reading material I would select if I was going to teach a class on Paranormal Pop Lit with a focus on Vampires. This would have made an interesting winter course for my alma mater Graceland University, although I think it would have difficult to fit 10 books into a month-long course. Shall we begin…
Paranormal Pop Lit 101: Vampires
- Dracula by Bram Stoker:(read) If you are going to teach a class on vampires in literature you might as well start with a classic. Now from my research this isn’t the first piece of Gothic lit to become popular in the 1800, but it is the book most people think of when you mention classic vampire literature.
- Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice: (not read) To bring thing up into the modern era I would pick this piece. Rice is another author that is commonly thought of when you mention vampires and is considered one of the classic authors of the genre. Personally I’ve not read much of her work, her style of writing doesn’t appeal to me.
- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris: This is one of the more popular authors from the modern vampire craze that is dying down. We could discuss if her popularity was due to HBO making a much altered version of this series for pay tv or if they selected the book to base the series on based upon the success of the book. We could also go on to debate if the popular tv series affected the quality of later books and the desire of the author to destroy the one character that the mass fans loved most. Sorry still bitter…
- Laurell K Hamilton: (read) I’m not a fan of this author, but I would pick one of the books in this series to explore the more erotic side of the genre.
- Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill:(read) This series would be on the reading list to represent vampires in an urban fantasy setting.
- Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon: (read) Didn’t think I would have a list on vampires and not include my favorite author did you? I am selecting her for my class for legitimate reasoning though. I am including her in the reading list to give an example of an author that took the vampire genre twisted it and brought readers afresh world to explore. This series also has some amazing world building to it as well and the levels of complexity of plot keeps the reader engaged.
- How to Marry A Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks: (read) This read is to look at the chick-lit aspect of vampire fiction. Shows that a vampire story doesn’t need to be just dark and serious it can be fun too.
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: (read) This would be on the reading list to show that a book need not be well written to be enjoyed or spark passion in its readers. This book broke all the rules and still went on to introduce millions of readers to the world of paranormal fiction. It would also serve as a YA example of vampire fiction.
- Eight Grade Bites by Heather Brewer:(Read) This book is going to be my example of a better written YA vampire series. This book also shows another example of the direction the genre takes in YA lit.
- The Passage by Justin Cronin: (read) I included this brick of a book to represent yet another side of vampire fiction. A world where the vampires are the monsters we learn to fear in our childhood.