The last installment of the Twilight movies signals the official end of one of the most popular vampire series that has come out in the past few years. Although Twilight may be over, there is no need to fret. I have compiled a list of some of the top vampire series to make sure that you can get your fang-filled fix.
The first series that I would like to discuss shares the same genre as Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight, known as novels for Young Adults. The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead follows the adventures of two young women, one a vampire and the other her protector, as they navigate a world in which some vampires drink blood to kill and others drink blood to survive. Mead creates a world that is filled with some new vampire tropes and sets her novels in numerous stunning locations, from the bright Las Vegas strip to the cold climate of central Russia. There are also multiple romantic plot lines underlying the action and adventure for those who enjoy a little human-vampire action.
The second series on my list is the much talked about Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris, also known as the basis for the popular True Blood series. This sexy vampire series is set in Bon Temps, Louisiana and follows the ups and downs of the telepathic Sookie Stackhouse and her supernatural “friends”. While this series is a bit racy, it does not sacrifice plot for romance and in fact contains many creatures straight out of medieval folklore and Greco-Roman Mythology.
The third series is a classic when it comes to vampire novels, written by the queen of the genre herself. The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice tells the story of the vampire Lestat and his trials and tribulations. Starting with the famed novel Interview with the Vampire, Rice is known for weaving historical fiction with engrossing characters.
My last recommendation, while not a part of series, is a singular novel for the more sophisticated reader of vampire fiction. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova has been acclaimed by The New York Times and includes a more traditional storyline which involves the vampire Dracula. As the title suggests the novel is full of history and exotic locales, and for those who enjoy adventure a la The Mummy or National Treasure, you will be sure to enjoy this well-crafted vampire tale.