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TRW: Bram Stoker’s Dracula vs YA Vampires

First published in 1897, Dracula by Bram Stoker is the godfather of everything vampire in today’s culture.  As history tells it, Stoker was a business manager for the Lyceum Theater in London during a time when Sherlock Holmes, The Time Machine, and The Jungle Book were all the rage.  Stoker’s Dracula would not gain cult and then critical acclaim until well into the 20th century, when his novel made it’s way onto the silver screen.

There was the 1931 Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, which is what a lot of people think when they think of Count Dracula.  In 1992, Gary Oldman took on the titular role.  1987’s The Lost Boys starring Jason Patric and Corey Haim.  This year we saw Johnny Depp reclaim Barnabas Collins and Dark Shadows, while in the past few years, Dracula has been fuzzy-wuzzied for the youth set:  Draculara of Monster High is the daughter of Dracula, while the recently released Hotel Transylvania has Dracula running a hotel for the paranormal, while trying to get his daughter to not date the human who has blundered into their mist.

You are about to enter the no-sparkling vampires zone . . .
Sink your teeth into these reads!

As well as movies and television, we’ve been hit with wonderful and infamous reincarnations of the vampire legend.  Bunnicula,  by James Howe, is a vampire rabbit that drains the juices from vegetables on the farm, and loved by juvenile readers since 1979.  R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike have numerous stories featuring vampires among their horror stories that, while not quite reaching critical acclaim, are devoured by readers all over.  Then Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire series and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.  And Stephanie Meyer revived the vampire series for teen books with her Twilight series.  What are your favorite vampire books for teens?  Share in the comments!

The Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz.  Enter the world of the Blue Bloods, not only the high society of New York, but a secret world of Vampires as well.

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld.  After a chance encounter, Cal creates vampires and must hunt them down before they can cause more damage than he can control.

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer.  Vlad, half vampire and half human, is dealing with not only the challenges of junior high and high school, but the legacy his vampire father has gifted him.

Tantalize series by Cynthia Leitich Smith.  Left to run her parent’s bankrupt restaurant after their death, 17 year old Quincie finds her self in deep into the supernatural.

The House of Night series by PC and Kirsten Cast.  Vampires are chosen by the goddess to serve in this series, but not all vampires are serving the goddess’s true intentions.  

Rosario + Vampire series written and illustrated by Akihisa Ikeda.  When Tsukune gets enrolled into a high school for otherworlders, he quickly gets befriended by Moka, a vampire who gets addicted to his blood.

The Vampire Knight series by Matsuri Hino.  At Cross Academy  there are two different sets of classes:  Day Class, for the norms, and Night Class, for the vampires.

Sucks To Be Me by Kimberly Pauley.  Mina’s parents want her to turn:  not to religion, but to be a vampire like them.  Problem is, Mina’s not sure she wants to be.

The Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber.  When Alexander and his family move into the mansion at the top of the hill, Raven is determined to get to know him.  But will that lead to her undoing?

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause.  Zoe, coming to terms with her mother’s illness, finds comfort in Simon, who seeks to avenge his own mother’s death 300 years earlier.
Be sure to check out
by Joni Richards Bodart for more paranormal awesomeness and a comprehensive look at the various vampire series out there.  This is a very informative professional development book.


  1. There's also the Blood Coven series by Mari Mancusie and Fangs for Freaks by Serena Robar.

  2. I wish the Bodart book was around when I was writing a paper on vampires in teen lit in college! Lots of these are wonderful, and some I haven't read yet. There's also the Vampire Academy books too!

  3. I have not heard of Fangs for Freaks, will have to check that out. Thank you.

  4. The Bodart book is excellent. Very helpful.

  5. We learn from failure, not from success!
    Bram Stoker

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