On Thursday, I'm teaching a Readers' Advisory class, and I've been updating my handouts. I've talked to other librarians about the Christian Fiction section, Science Fiction, African-American Literature, and Fantasy. And, I found I was missing some popular authors, who didn't fall easily into one section. Where do you put the authors who write about vampires, werewolves and witches? Some of them fall under Urban Fantasy. But, Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series, featuring Sookie Stackhouse falls somewhat in the mystery genre. Mystery fans discovered her first, and now the series is going to appear on HBO as True Blood. And, some of the authors write romances.
So, since it's my class, I created my own category. Don't look for Stephenie Meyer on this list. She's under Fantasy, with J.K. Rowling and Christopher Paolini, as Young Adult Authors Who Appeal to Adults. My category is Vampires, Werewolves and Witches, since many fans seem to cross over. Here are the authors on my list. I mentioned Bram Stoker's Dracula as the classic, and credited Anne Rice and Buffy The Vampire Slayer for making the books popular. If someone is missing, they just might be on one of my other lists for the class. Feel free to add your favorite authors to the list.
Mary Janice Davidson
Laurell K. Hamilton
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
So, enjoy some vampires, werewolves and witches!