Remember the good ol’ days when a book would involve just a few things: friendship, parents, school, and homework? Maybe some extra-curricular activities, or maybe a family holiday thrown in for good measure?
These days, it seems that books are filled with all of the above, but also include things like vampires, angels, zombies, mer-people,witches, werewolves, demons, gods, etc., etc.
Not that I’m complaining — I love a good supernatural/paranormal/mythical read now and again. They seem just a little less like real life and more like fiction. I mean, I know that I can’t relate to falling in love with a vampire, or getting chased by a werewolf — can you? But books that involve fighting with your best friend, or maybe a family member having health issues — those are things that might be more easily relatable with readers.
Out of all of the “creatures” I find in my reads, I have to say that I think vampires are my favourite. My least favourite? Zombies.
I know it seems a little weird during Zombie Week to praise my favourite supernatural creatures, but there is also much attention (albeit, negative) given to zombies. To make things clear, I’ve added a chart comparing my favourite supernatural creature to my least favourite supernatural creature. Vampires vs. zombies.
- Good looking. Vampires seem to get better looking, the deader they are. When ISN’T a vampire good looking?
- Resourceful. Vampires use their head. They’ve been around forever, so they know how things work and use history to their advantage.
- Able to show restraint. This may not be true of the fledgling vampire, who is usually lusting over blood after they are first awoken as a vampire, but once they learn the basics, they can control their urges to eat everyone in sight.
- Well-spoken. Again, since vampires have been around for years, they’re able to form complete sentences, often using the dialect of years long-passed. They can be sweet and charming and can fool just about anyone with their wit and humanness.
- Able to control your mind. Ah, the ability to glamour is something that I’m sure EVERYONE would want. Kill someone’s parents? Just glamour them so they think their parents are on vacation. This is the best way for a vampire to show society that they haven’t been around for hundreds of years.
- Sexy times, anyone? When a vampire sucks your blood, it apparently can be quite arousing.
- Able to blend in. There are so many novels where a vampire not only just lives in society, but where they go to school, make friends, and play a role in the community’s affairs. They are the picture of normalcy.
- Devoted to their clan. When a vampire makes you a vampire, you are part of their clan. If that vampire’s family is also vampires, they’re more likely to protect their family.
- Ugly. Zombies are always covered in scabs and blood with dangly arms or other limbs. Definitely NOT attractive.
- Stupid. Prior to death, people can do simple tasks – open doors, climb stairs – once they’re zombies, all of that goes out the window.
- No willpower. Once zombies die, it’s like there’s no one there to teach them the ropes. They want to eat everything and everyone in sight and nothing is going to stand in their way (Well, almost nothing. See “stupid” above.)
- No speaking. From my experiences, all zombies do is grunt, grunt, grunt. And grunt. And then they might grunt some more. Most zombies are at least able to walk, so I would think that if they can still walk, they would still be able form complete sentences. Just sayin’.
- Awkwardness. See the zombie eat your best friend? Well, you better run because that zombie is going to come after you. There’s no time for glamouring when flesh is there to be eaten! If you didn’t want to see something, you can’t wait for a zombie to glamour you – you should’ve just stayed in your house.
- Ew & Ouch. When a zombie eats you, it feels like … you’re being eaten.
- The big elephant. Zombies do NOT blend in. What point is school when all they can do is grunt, and when they don’t even have the dexterity to hold a pencil, let alone write down a coherent thought?
- Not devoted to anything. When a zombie makes another zombie, they immediately go after their next victim. They tend to follow the smell of blood.
There you have it. The reasons why I prefer vampires over zombies. Of course, this might just be because I haven’t found my zombie book yet — you know, that book that makes me fall in love with zombies? I have read a few zombie books and they’ve been okay, but nothing spectacular. But vampire books? I have fallen in love with MANY vampire books!
Vampire book recommendations:
Vampires in school:
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1), by Richelle Mead
Marked (House of Night, #1), by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1), by Jeaniene Frost
Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1), by J. R. Ward
Hearts at Stake (The Drake Chronicles, #1), by Alyxandra Harvey
Let the Right One In, by John A. Lindqvist
The Tale of the Vampire Bride (Vampire Bride, #1), by Rhiannon Frater
Pretty When She Dies (Pretty When She Dies, #1), by Rhiannon Frater
Zombie book recommendations:
(NOTE: If you want more recommendations, I say check out Ashley’s blog. I really haven’t read a lot of zombie books!)
Zombies that aren’t really zombies:
Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration, #1), by Lia Habel
Married with Zombies (Living With the Dead, #1), by Jesse Petersen
Zombies for Kids:
The Smoky Corridor: A Haunted Mystery, by Chris Grabenstein
What do you think — can anything else be added to my list? What are some of your favourite fictional creatures?
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