Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wow! Summer. The time of sitting out in the garden, sipping cold tea and enjoying a favorite book. Despite my voracious appetite for books, I always come back to my all time favorites. For those that know me personally, they can attest to the obsession I have for anything vampire. I have photos, novels and even a couple stuffed vampires in my office. From the day I could read a real book, I was reading about vampires. And, of course, my all time favorite is Bram Stoker's Dracula.
I'm sure you're thinking it's every vampire lovers favorite. But I'll let you in on a secret. It's every one's favorite, because it started the vampire romance craze. Honest! Think about the formula for all romances. Boy and girl meet, they fall in love, something keeps them apart until they overcome that obstacle and end with a happily ever after.
Bram Stoker's Dracula follows that exact formula with a love that extends time and space thrown in. Isn't that what modern vampire romances are all about? Dracula is the epitome of a man who will go to extreme lengths to find the love of his life and keep her to himself, which is why he is one of my inspirations for my vampire steampunk series and will always inspire me.
What are your favorite reads? The one's you'll go back to time and again?