I just wrote a piece over on Vamped.org about my take on vampires. Here’s a bit:
One issue I’ve noticed in a lot of paranormal fiction is scale: getting too big too fast.
All the vampires have a werewolf bodyguard, legions of angels are waiting behind every storm cloud, and the sewers are bursting with more vampires than rats.
In these kinds of stories, it’s almost a given that the protagonist will catch the eye of someone too big for them to handle, setting up a final confrontation with world-changing ramifications. To quote Riley from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “I suddenly find myself needing to know the plural of apocalypse.”
I offer a different viewpoint: less is more.