I mean, WHO DIDN’T love the Twilight Saga? I can’t think of a single person on this earth who didn’t…
I for one unashamedly enjoyed these books (and the last 2 films), and it doesn’t hurt my pride to say so! I was a massive vampire novel fan in my late teens. This post is for those of you who liked Twilight and wanted to branch out into similar stuff!
The Morganville Vampires Series - Rachel Caine
This series centres around Claire, an “exceptional” student who explores her new home - the entirely vampire-controlled city of Morganville, Texas. Beginning with Glass Houses, this series is 15 books and counting, so it’s something you can really sink your teeth into. (Oh dear, the puns have already started…)
True Blood Novels OR The Southern Vampire Mysteries OR The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris
I have to admit I’m a late-comer to this series and I’ve only just started watching the TV show. It is written from the perspective of a waitress who has the ability to read people’s minds. Set in Texas (seems to be a running theme for modern vampire novels), this shows a fully integrated vampire-human population worldwide, and all the problems that brings with it.
The House of Night Series - P.C. and Kristin Cast
This series begins with Marked in which a 16 year old, Zoey, finds herself marked with a symbol of vampyrism (triggered by adolescence) and gets sent to a boarding school for vampires. Where most novels depict a teenage girl longing to be a vampire, this is the opposite. It’s the refreshing take that someone might be forced into being one because of how they’re born and having to adapt to being a typical teenager (but with added bite.)
The Host - Stephanie Meyer
If you enjoyed Meyer’s writing and wanted to read something else by the same author, The Host is a good place to start. Written from the perspective of an alien who inhabits a human body, this is dystopian future meets love story. It was kind of my gateway into sci-fi from vampire novels so if you’re looking to branch out, I’d recommend starting here.
Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice
If you enjoyed the angst of Twilight, then you should definitely give Interview with the Vampire and the subsequent books a try. This is a more traditional look at vampyrism, as it follows the story of 200 year old vampire, Louis, and his struggles throughout his vampire life. This and The Vampire Lestat are definitely worth a read.
Can you think of any other vampire series/novels (other than Dracula (Which is fabulous by the way -Michael)) that deserve to make this list?
We’re just DYING to hear your thoughts! OK, I'll stop now.
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