The concept of vampires actually originated in Ancient Egypt, and was revived later in Eastern Europe. Curiously, almost every ancient culture had a legend of blood drinkers, even the ChineseOriginally Posted by Pandora Box;3422966;True, but the entire concept of the vampire originated from folklore tales and legends from mainly Eastern Europe where the dead would rise to feed on the blood of the living. There were reports of such creatures roaming the countryside. Of course they aren't real but many had a strong belief in them. While there's no single definitive description of them, the basics stayed the same. Then there's the image of the suave, seductive Byron-esque figure from Dracula and Carmilla (lesbian vampires! It's actually an amazing book, I recommend it) and Anne Rice's books. Even today there are legends of vampires around the world (can you tell that I did my research? Self confessed geek here ) The characteristics can change but not to the point where you can't call it a vampire. Fictional or not, there is a canon and nerds like me care about it. I think I might be repeating myself here so I'll get off my soapbox.
I'm all for non PC books for kids (well, within reason obviously - having said that I was reading Hannibal Lecter ay 13 and I'm perfectly sane...) but Twilight is an odd box. It has a ridiculously abusive relationship at the centre of it that's supposed to be the perfect romance (a guy who could kill you creeping into your room at night while you sleep, how sweet) and then the paedophilia in the later books which is unforgiveable. Yet it's all a big 'Just say no' message as well - no sex until you're married or you'll die! (slight exaggeration but not without reason) I hope that the kids who read these books go on to read other great pieces of literature and develop a love for reading the same way that I did after reading Harry Potter, but with the sheer bat-mad insane antics that the Twi-hards have reportedly been caught up in, I do have fears.