Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wimpy Vampires are BORING!


So the last time I wrote I was bemoaning the fact that I had nothing to write passionately about.  You MAY have noticed that since then I skipped a week of writing... Yes, it was due to the same issue.  But today I have something I am very passionate about.

The book itself was not too exciting.  In fact it was quite the opposite... But I didn't hate the storyline or the writing style either.  So what about it made me passionate?  It was the main "protagonist."  Sorry, but I can't call him a "hero" and herein lies the problem.  What a wimp!!!  And to make matters worse, he’s a vampire.  That just makes him a double wimp.  Vampires are supposed to have an edge to them if not be flat out dangerous!

See, there are good vampires, like Edward, who are dangerous but control themselves… Salem wasn’t like that.  Salem was just flat out boring.  There was no dangerous edge to him, he was just so sweet.  I honestly love a sweet main heartthrob, but he has to still be man enough to step up and protect the woman he loves.  This was not Salem either.  There just wasn’t ANYTHING to him.  UGH! 

AND, if a protagonist is going to be sweet he needs to be at least a little bit edgy.  Or if he’s not edgy or dangerous than the main female character needs to have an edge to her that is being worn down by the sweetness of the guy.  I mean the relationship has to have SOME sort of tension or it’s just blah. 

I think this is where the post I wrote about tension comes in… there has to be some.  It doesn’t have to be “suspense” rated but it has to have something happening in the characters’ relationship as well as in the plot (not that this had a great plot either, honestly).    

So why did I finish it?  Honestly, Salem was just SO good that I kept thinking this has got to be a ploy.  I just KNEW that once he had her totally trusting him something would set him off and he would turn on her (or something along those lines).  So basically I read pretty much the whole book not trusting him and waiting for the true colors to be revealed.  What a waste!  His true colors were revealed in chapter one and they were all the same shade of beige! 

So what did I learn in reading this?  Honestly I learned a little about myself.  I learned that even though I am a super conservative person, there is a side to me that craves just a little bit of danger.  That side is honestly so tiny that a) I didn’t know it existed before and b) all it takes is a good book to be fulfilled, but still it is there and I guess that’s a good thing to know about myself.

*** NOTES:  
1.  This was written by someone with the last name "Poe" and over and over referenced the poem by Edgar Allan Poe "Nevermore"... I certainly hope this person is not a decedent of the famous poet because he would be turning in his grave at the creepy-less story here.  

2.  This book has a sequel... take a guess as to whether I'll be reading it, HA!


  1. The poem by Edgar Allan Poe is actually called 'The Raven', not 'Nevermore'. Also, 'The Raven' isn't something that would be considered 'horror', 'creepy' or even 'scary' (if you know and understand enough about it). The poem is about loss and death of a loved one. In fact, a lot of his poetry revolves around loss (take 'Annabel Lee' for example). His stories, on the other hand, can be creepy and meant to scare.

    1. Thank you for catching my mistake. It has obviously been a long time since I've read Edgar Allan Poe. But I wasn't necessarily referring to "The Raven" when I said the term "creepy." I was honestly thinking of some of his other works (which I haven't read since grade school, but I remember being creeped out by them).
      The point I intended to make (and obliviously missed the mark on, lol) was more that Poe was a great writer and if he had written a vampire it would NOT have been bland or wimpy.