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The Romance Novel Trend I Wish Would Go Away

After finishing Ransom two days ago, I haven't really been in the mood to read.  I started two books, but I couldn't really get into either of them--one of which I am still trying to like, but I don't know how much longer I'll be able to stand it.  I found myself scanning the Queens Library's website (both e-book and physical books) and it seemed that every single book was either about vampires or werewolves with the occasional witch thrown in.  That really is not my thing.  Don't get me wrong, I have read vampire books every once in a while, but when every book that comes out is about them it really gets on my nerves.  I would kill for a straight serial killer novel, but no.  I can't have one of those.  Nope.  Only if the serial killer has blood dripping off of his fangs and is being sought by an angst-ridden vampire that has given up the killing game.  I seriously hoped that the Twilight phenomenon would have faded by now, but it hasn't.

It isn't just that every book is about vampires, but there hasn't been an original title for any of those books in years.  Every single one is either Dark something or Immortal something.  Can't anyone come up with something different?  Are these titles supposed to be subliminal messages to let readers know that it is a vampire book?  (As if anyone would need the little hint, since most of the covers are modeled off of Twilight, and if you can't pick up on that, then you are probably too young to be reading those books.)

There have been some good vampire romances--I loved the Jaz Parks series by Jennifer Rardin (I still can't believe that she killed herself and I haven't been able to bring myself to read the last book in the series, knowing that it was released after her death) and the last book in Nora Roberts's Circle Trilogy, but for every good book there are a slew of bad ones (many of which were written by Heather Graham, who used to be one of my favorite authors before she jumped on the vampire bandwagon and started writing her own rules).  I can't wait for this trend to be over, but I'm afraid that I've got a long wait.


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