When Neil Gaiman speaks, people in the comic and book industry tend to take notice -- so when the award-winning creator picked up his CILIP Carnegie Medal for his gothic kids' story The Graveyard Book and shared his thoughts on vampires, it seemed like a pretty important moment.

Gaiman is, not surprisingly, tired of vampires. He made this brutally clear when he compared the glut of vampire movies, books, and paranormal romances cluttering up the popular entertainment landscape to an infestation of cockroaches. Why's Gaiman so mad? Could be because he's scrapped plans for his next novel to feature a vampire character.

In a world filled with Twilights, the author's fears revolve around two things: that the vampire has lost its power as an icon of terror and has instead become some romanticized Romeo, and that the creatures have been overused in general. "Maybe it's time for this to play out and go away. It's good sometimes to leave the field fallow. I think some of this stuff is being over-farmed," he said.
He doesn't single out any one particular franchise, but it's hard to read Gaiman's criticisms and not think of Twilight. While I certainly agree that we've reached a point of vampire oversaturation -- and zombies are dangerously close, too -- this isn't anything new. Today it's Twilight -- last time around, it was Anne Rice ruining vampires. Horror's cyclical -- and this latest vamp craze will eventually pass only to rise from the grave once again.

The real shame of this is that Gaiman won't be writing about vampires anytime soon. Anyone who's ever read his novella Snow Glass Apples -- which is a fantastic retelling of Snow White, complete with vampirism and other taboo subjects -- can attest to this. Are you with Gaiman on this one? Is it time for vampires to go away for awhile? Tell us below.

[via: The Independent]
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