True confession

Posted on 29 June 2011 Wednesday

You know how I’m always going on and on about diversity, about the need to expand our reading so we can expand our world? Well, I have to admit I don’t always practice what I preach. There are certain people I don’t like and will not read about. They’re vampires. I don’t like them (or ghosts, werewolves, zombies or other creatures of the dark night) because they give me nightmares. I do not watch scary movies and I’m sure scary books with their vivid descriptions will invade my peaceful sleep just as well. For me, it’s a good thing there are so few such creatures of color lurking through teen books, do they even exist? I’ve found several Latino adult vampires mostly written by Felix Gomez, a few African American and one Asian. There are even gay adult vampires. Some have slipped into manga, and Mario Acevedo and Marta Acosta are creating Latino vampire comics (or are they vampire Latino comics?). So, as far as I can tell, YA fiction isn’t all that dark!

Has anyone read any YA vampires of color?

Posted in: Diversity Issues