(See the intro post for all the daily themes.)
Day 1 – Very first genre novel
L J Smith’s Secret Vampire, if memory serves. Now, I had liked vampires for a long time. I watched any show or movie I could that involved vampires in some way. But I didn’t really have a lot of access to vampires in literature. So when a friend told me she had a book she thought I’d like, and it involved vampires, well, why on earth would I have said no?
This book was published in 1996, and I read it when I was 13 years old. It had everything I could want. Vampires. Romance. A secret society of supernatural people living right under our noses. It was part of a series, and I was hooked. I had to read more. So I ended up reading most of the rest of the series before I had graduated from high school.
But apart from that one series of books, this was probably my biggest gateway into genre novels, though I didn’t know it at the time. Then, it was just a book for teenagers. But from there it wasn’t hard for my friend to recommend other novels to me, particularly fantasy novels, and from there it was all downhill, riding the slippery genre slope.
Looking back on it, this book isn’t spectular. It’s entertaining, but very simplistic compared to a lot of the YA paranormal romance you can find on shelves today. It’s not bad, not really, but the only way it really stands out in my mind is by being part of a series that amused me for so long in high school. I think it has more nostaligic value than literary value, at least to me.