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The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and the Struggle by L J Smith
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and the Struggle

frankiemckenna, October 24, 2009

I read these books as a YA and really enjoyed them. I was- and still am- usually willing to read anything with nighttime beasties that go bump in the night. It is a YA Fantasy type novel, and delivers on that. I am sure that if the author had meant to write something "realistic" that had a "meatier" storyline, she is well equipped enough for it.
This book shouldn't be compared to neither Meyer's books nor a more "classic" story by Stoker. The former because Smith wrote her books first. The latter because the stories have different intentions all together, so really are like comparing apples to bananas. Stoker's Dracula was a "one hit wonder" that sold because of the popularity of confronting taboos in literature. His intention was to horrify his (adult) readers, rather than present a paranormal romance-type book for young adults. His editor was asleep at the job for that one, because it is truly poorly written. I concur that it is a great story, but it is by no means a great literary masterpiece that other works should be compared to. If you want that, I suggest reading Blake or Keats instead.
Either way, there is no reason to compare books like that. You pick up a YA novel, you should expect it to address things they are interested in. Read an adult novel if that is the content you wish to entertain yourself with.
However, there is nothing wrong with wanting to read a book that is an escape from reality. All books by L.J. Smith were great to read when I was younger. Even as an adult, I have a special place on my shelves for them and I am looking forward to the ones she is finally coming out with now.
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