Romancing the Vampire, the Werewolf and the Fallen angel
We fell in love with vampires and werewolves. Are we ready to fall in love with fallen angels?
Needless to pinpoint that Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series gave the vampire an entirely new approach. Earlier, vampires were just blood drinking machines, with absolutely no remorse whatsoever. How could they feel pity when they had no brains? When they had no heart? But Meyer changed it all in a grand way. She gave the vampire a heart. Perhaps not a soul, but yes definitely a heart.
“I may not be a human, but I am a man.” (Edward Cullen,Twilight)
Irrespective of his or her hundreds of years on earth, the vampire was no longer simply a blood drinking machine. He knew how to fall in love, to feel love, to feel pity. In other words, Meyer breathed emotion and sensibility into, otherwise blood chilling beings, transforming them into divine, powerful and humane creatures.
“If I could dream at all, it would be about you and I’m not ashamed to say it”
(Edward Cullen, Twilight)
Then came the turn of the werewolves. Meyer also went to the extent of glamourising the wolves giving their existence a whole new dimension. The wolves and humans existed within each other, phasing into whichever form that was thought necessary.
Another legend claims that we descended from wolves ― and that the wolves are our brothers still. (Jacob Black, New Moon)
Both vampires and wolves have a strong affinity to this frail human girl. The old classic novels/movies’ conception of a damsel in distress has once again been revived by Twilight series. Two equally strong, powerful creatures fighting for the love of their lives who is just a simple, vulnerable and a pale young girl, a normal girl who has the least bit of a notion that she is the crux of the entire chaos in the story.
“I can handle the clouds but I can’t fight the eclipse” (Jacob Black to Bella, Eclipse)
Thus both vampires and werewolves have succeeded in establishing a healthy paranormal relationship with humans. They maybe daunting and even dangerous but they certainly are irresistible and alluring. In future, no matter how many stories maybe written about vampires or werewolves, no matter how many novels maybe published in a similar light, Stephanie Meyer’s perception of the “dark protagonists” shall persist in a long time to come.
Then, in between came the House of Night Series by P.C. & Kristin Cast. Traditionally set in the same mood as the Twilight Series, the protagonist in this series is however a 16 yr old girl, Zoey Redbird who in the beginning is marked by a vampire and is driven to join House of Night, a school for fledglings (budding vampires). Zoey is not just marked, she has also been specially chosen by Goddess Nyx to become the future high priestess. The first book Marked was quite mundane, with irritable dialogues, with way too familiar characters and nothing out of the ordinary happening as expected of your adult gothic fiction. However things start to get heated up from the second book which is called Betrayed. Betrayed covers up for all the action that was missed in Marked. What is interesting about House of Night series is that although it is far-fetched, it is clever and has entertaining insights into the truth about vampires and about vampire fledglings.
“Remember, darkness does not always equate to evil, just as light does not always bring good.” ( Goddess Nyx, Betrayed)
On the whole entertaining and although belonging to young adult gothic fiction genre, it kind of appeals to all gothic fiction lovers. Twilight series bowled me over and I was no teenager. House of Night Series captivated me and I am no teenager.
Betrayed is followed by Chosen, then follows Untamed, Hunted, Tempted and Burned. Which means the characters really grow on you by the time you conclude Betrayed and move on to the other novels in the series.
After everything came to a standstill since Meyer’s whirlwind books, there was some buzz that was initiated by House of Night Series (it still is, here and there).
Paranormal Romances – Our favourite brand of heroin!
Then again suddenly, there is that familiar smell in the air again. The smell of forbidden-cum- transcendental romance. Only this time its humans vs angels! Not the halo-adorned, happy-go-lucky white winged creatures, but dark, cynical, arrogant yet sexy and alluring angels fallen to the very ground!
The fever started all over again when Becca Fitzpatrick’s debut first in series novel Hush Hush was published on 13th October 2009 . From 16th century France to present day in Cold Water Maine, US, our protagonist travels a long way to make sense of his existence.
Upon the teacher’s attempt to change the seats in the biology class, Nora Grey, an awkward, plain girl comes to sit beside the new student Patch. Attractive, sensuous yet arcane and dark, Patch shows his negativity towards Nora when he openly mocks and torments her. But there is indeed more to Patch for things starts to change ever since the day Nora starts sitting beside Patch.
His black eyes sliced into me, and the corners of his mouth tilted up. My heart fumbled a beat and in that pause, a feeling of gloomy darkness seemed to slide like a shadow over me.(Nora Grey, Hush Hush)
She is being watched! She finds Patch everywhere she finds herself! Other than a bizarre scar on his back, Patch can communicate with Nora without speaking and it is up to Nora to find out that Patch is no human. She fears him but is drawn to him nonetheless just like Bella Swan is drawn to Edward Cullen like a moth to a flame. See the similarity? But there is much more than that to be expected out of Fitzpatrick’s debut series.
The sequel is called Crescendo and is being released on the 14th of October 2010 and the excitement continues I hope!
Lauren Kate another debut novelist unveils yet another familiar series of novels about supernatural romance. The first book Fallen typically familiar to Hush Hush, character wise, since it also involves the almost taboo-filled attraction between Lucinda Price (Luce for short) and Daniel Grigori, where Daniel, like Patch goes out of the way to keep his distance with Luce. Luce and Daniel meet in the reform school where she is sent to, after a mysterious death of a boy who is in her company at the time of his death – I don’t intend to be a scene spoiler but since its already out in the open, what the heck!
Luce is mysteriously drawn to Daniel with a gnawing feeling that she knows that she has seen him somewhere before! And where could that be? No more spoilers from me, that’s for sure! The sequel Torment is due to be released in July 2010.
Whether its romancing vampires or werewolves or fallen angels, the desire for impossible romance amongst younger demographic has always topped the list. The need to fall in love with someone who is much more powerful, stronger and unreachable has been innate throughout generations! Initially the terms “powerful” “stronger” and “unreachable” was defined by a middle class female protagonist falling in love with a lord or a duke or even a prince! Or vice versa. Which according to the time was the most desirable fantasy amongst the reading generation. For example classic novels have alway embodied this desire in the most agreeable way. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Elizabeth Glasgow’s Ruth, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights etc. In all of these novels, one of the protagonist is in a higher and in a much more powerful position than the other. But the romances were played out between natural people, under natural circumstances unlike the stories of today.
Today, the desire to fall in love and to be loved back by a higher being has intensified, has been exaggerated to a point that the line between fantastical characters and real life characters have been wiped out– and for that matter be it a vampire or a werwolf or even a fallen angel, all is seen as a higher being than a normal human.
It is that continuously growing desire to taste the forbidden fruit during early youth, that these writers have so well recognized in today’s youth, and they have captured it extremely well with their words that they have left the young wanting for more as if it’s their “own brand of personal heroine” (Edward Cullen, Twilight).
And then there are readers, who do not belong to the generation of teenagers, but they are completely enamoured by supernatural romance fiction nonetheless. They have contributed greatly to those numbers of sincere Twilight readers whose ardent passion drove Hollywood to conjure up Edward Cullen and Bella Swan on the silver screen.
They belong to that genre of readers who silently but surely appreciate reading about young romances for many personal reasons. These readers are specially fond of impossible supernatural romance fiction that is extremely popular these days simply because, they still are awkward teenagers at heart that they once were. Despite the fact that most of them have families, have children, are completely immersed into a nine to five harrowing work timings, They haven’t forgotten what it was like to go through the age of storm and stress when, apart from other growing pains, the most desirable object of your attention spurned your advances. Those humongous efforts that one took to dazzle that human being sitting next to you in class, or living next door to you, or that insanely attractive guy who was your brother’s friend or that mind blowing beauty who your sister’s friend, still stays freshly lodged in the back of their minds.
We all have been there, some of us have been lucky to have been popular while most of us were the suffer-in-silence kind of beings, tormented by strong emotional attachment with a person who in turn was attracted to somebody else.
This group of people also comprise of writers of such fiction like Stephanie Meyer herself whose belief in such an implausible romance breathed life into the likes of Edward, Bella & Jacob. We continue to celebrate romance at its most earliest stage, at its purest and most passionate stage where it is a matter of life and death. Now that vampires and werewolves have been awakened, its time for the fallen angels and surprise surprise after that!