Vampires and angels and what next?

I’ve been wondering about the attraction of vampires and angels for teen readers (seeing as it’s so long lived – excuse the pun – and lucrative).  And this is what I’ve come up with.  It’s the afterlife.

There are other factors.  These creatures can be written as attractive, beautiful and tortured, which works with the teen romance angle.  Other supernatural creatures less so (werewolves still struggling to escape the ‘wolfman’ image and as for zombies …) and they can be ‘saved’ by mortal love.  But I think the key thing, in this increasingly secular world, is the fact that the vampire has risen from the dead … and the angel in itself implies life after death.

Our world is increasingly secular.  So many teens haven’t got a belief in life after death.  In these troubled times (with war and violence threatening them from all sides), it must be nice for a reader to suspend their (literal) disbelief and find themselves in a world where you can be resurrected if you die, or are faced with evidence of the afterlife brought by an angel.

    • V. Kathryn Evans
    • April 24th, 2010

    Honest and interesting take, thought provoking for a Saturday morning.

  1. I wonder if we can work out what’s hot next on this basis? Immortality could also work for this theory, so faeries kind of fit. Zombies, if they weren’t yucky. Will some writers beautify the zombie? What else is there? Gods? Sort of covered by the Rick Riordan books – they might spawn a larger clutch.

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