Saturday, March 28, 2009

House of Night series:Never let patriarchy get in the way of a good vampire book

A mother-daughter writing team from Tulsa, Okla., is driving a stake through Stephenie Meyer's stranglehold on teenage vampire fiction. P.C. Cast, 48, and Kristin Cast, 22, recently released Marked, the fifth book in their House of Night series, which debuted at No. 1 on The Wall Street Journal's fiction best-seller list. The series revolves around Zoey and her crew of fledgling vampires who serve the Goddess of Night Nyx. The Casts were in Toronto this week for book store appearances. They spoke with David Lipson about completing each other's sentences, raging hormones, and good vs. evil. Why is teen paranormal fiction so big right now?

P.C. I think vampire teen fiction is especially hot right now because teenagers identify with vampires. Vampires think they are immortal; teenagers think they are immortal ... A blood lust could equate to the flooding of hormones that teenagers get. Teenagers really identify with them. They identify with having to overcome these huge emotional obstacles and these desires – and they think they are immortal.