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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vampire mythos classic vs. modern by Serena Zane

Okay as a vampire lover I have often compared the vampires from my favorite books, who doesn't, right? Author Serena Zane has done something similar below and given us the history of her Zaniac vampires. And she has a comparison chart! Something I have never thought about doing but very interesting! :)

Over the centuries the mythos of the Vampire has both fascinated and disgusted us. Like a car accident, we just can't look away. The thought that something so beautiful could be so dangerous is almost irresistible for the human race.

As a person, I have a love of all things paranormal: vampires, werewolves, witches, etc... As a writer, the history of each has taken on a sort of morbid fascination for me. Due to the fact that there are so many different legends that have been created about the Vampire, I took what I loved most about each and then added my own twist on the vampire vs. werewolf wars of legend.

Zaniac vampires, as I like to call them, are created. In their own sub-culture, a priestess in Egyptian times fell in love with a young warrior. However, he spurned her affections, and as a curse she created the first vampire. Each vampire after that was created from this first 'original'. Zaniac vampires can shape-shift, fly, have heightened senses, mind-control, and telepathy. Silver can kill them. As is traditional, they cannot be exposed to sunlight, are effected adversely by Holy Water, and a good old fashioned stake will take them out. While they can 'fall in love' and do so intensely, there is no such thing as a 'lifemate' unlike in my favorite novels by Christine Feehan.  They do have a marriage ceremony that ties them for life and vampires do not believe in open relationships once married. Adultery is punished by death. However, before marriage, they are rather promiscuous. Zaniac vampires are immune to drugs, or disease, and are of course immortal.

The legend I have created to make this my own is a twist on the old vampire vs. werewolf wars. In Zaniac history werewolves were held as slaves by the vampire race. Werewolf blood is like a drug for vampires, creating a sense of euphoria. It is highly addictive. The werewolves rebelled back in the Middle Ages and a great war was started creating a rift between the two species. In the Dark Warrior series, vampire Damon Blake falls for Nikki Adams, who is part-werewolf. This creates numerous issues that Zaniac's can experience throughout this ongoing series. My newest release, Bane, explores how old grudges and beliefs can effect one's life.

Just for fun, I have included a comparison chart below of some of my favorite vampire legends. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

Vampire Mythos Comparison Chart

Authors
Bram Stroker
Dracula
Christine Feehan
Dark series
Anne Rice
The Vampire Chronicles
L.J. Smith
Vampire Diaries
Stephanie Meyer
Twilight Saga
P.C. Cast
House of Night

Serena Zane
Dark Warriors & Hunter Diaries series
Pros







Shape-shift
*Fog, bats
*Any




*Any
Invisibility
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Compulsion
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Telepathy

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Magical Abilities
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Flying
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Preternatural Speed
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*
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*
*
*
*
Cons or causes Death







Sunlight
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*
*

*
*
Wooden Stakes
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*
*
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*
Holy Water
*

*



*
Silver





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Crosses
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*
Decapitation
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*
*
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*
Fire
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Starving
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Dependent on Lifemate

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Loss of Emotion

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Sleeps in Coffin
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Sleeps in Ground

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Created
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Born

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I think this bring up the question; what kind of vampires do you like? Vampires that are hunky and sexy like, vampires that sleep in the ground and have life-mates or vampires like the original Nosferatu?



Serena Zane lives with her husband and son in the Northwest. She works hard, plays hard, and spends her free time studying the Middle Ages in a re-creationist organization called the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc (SCA); and writing her novels.
Serena started writing at an early age with short stories, and poetry inspired by her mother, a strong independent woman who loves to help others, and writes as well. In 2009, Serena became a member of Romance Writer’s of America. She fell in love with the idea of writing a contemporary action/adventure romance while she attended college to study Criminal Justice. After months of working on homework assignments late at night that made her want to turn on every light in the house, she combined both her knowledge of Criminal Justice and her love for all things paranormal.
Serena has written several Paranormal Romance stories that have been published in eBook form through Books To Go Now; and her new Jewel series based on an anti-terrorist organization called F.I.U.W. through SZ Publications are currently available online. She is looking forward to writing many more exciting adventures.
To check out what Serena is up to via Twitter friend her @serenazane or check out her website: www.serenazane.com




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