Bitchery reader Jennifer is a student at Davidson College who is focusing her research on the romance genre, and she comes to the Bitchery with a query.
She’s looking for vampire romance, specifically those that do ti differently, or did it over but better the second time:
I’m putting together a list of what I think are vampire romances that are both representative of the genre and ones that break, subvert, or rewrite vampire romances. But I’m afraid I’m going to leave an important book out!
Is there any way you could get a thread started so I could mine the brains of your readers for suggestions? I’m looking for romances that are both representative of the vampire romance genre, and those who break away from it.
If you doubt the mad power of Jennifer’s brain, take a look at her online essay Intertextuality and the Vampire Romance. A key quote in her examination of the “Death and the Maiden” motif in art, and the sexuality and inevitability inherent in those portrayals:
On another note, how eerie is it that the Death and the Maiden Paintings echo some romance novel covers in the way the two figures are positioned? Am I the only one seeing the similarity?
Do you know how hopping-in-my-chair giddy it makes me to see the power of big brainfulness applied to the themes of romance, especially when they are so intrinsically linked with similar themes in art and other subgenres of fiction? WORD TO YOU, JENNIFER.
So anyone got any ideas of vampire romances she absolutely should not miss, the ones that subvert the genre and/or the themes within it?