On the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series

Dating the Monsters

Why It Takes a Vampire or a Wereguy to Win the Heart of the Modern It Girl

By L.Jagi Lamplighter

Time was when the Romance section of the bookstore was a safe and cozy retreat from all things unfrivolous. Sure, there might be an occasional gothic or mystery romance with a terrifying moment or two, but one could basically rely on the fact that any book you took off the shelves would be like eating spun sugar. Going to buy a romance novel was like visiting the confectionary section of a bakery.

Not anymore! Where once dwelt only roses and Almack’s, now live vampires, demons, werewolves, Greek gods, and yes, even robots. Though, most of all, it is vampires. And not all these books are sugar sweet, either. It’s like heading down to the confectionary and finding yourself in hot spicy foods instead!

By now, you are probably asking yourself: How did this happen, and what does it have to do with Anita Blake?

Buffy, Anita Blake, and the Paranormal Romance Invasion

It started on television with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but it was Laurell K. Hamilton and Anita Blake who brought stories of girls and monsters to the world of popular books. Though paranormal romance is now a booming business, Anita Blake still leads the way, a giant striding amongst her younger sisters. Anita both kills the monsters and dates them. It’s like having your cake and shooting it, too.

The question naturally arises: Why monsters? What is it about vampires and werewolves–once only the stuff of horror stories–that makes them the ideal modern romantic hero? To find the answer, we must first examine  …

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