Neil Gaiman is unimpressed by the modern day representation of vampires in fiction claiming they just aren’t as scary as they used to be. He says in an article in The Independent ‘I will be glad when the glut is over. Maybe they will be scary again. I like my creatures of the night a little nocturnal.’
Gaiman made the comments when collecting the CILIP Carnegie medal for his gothic children’s story The Graveyard Book, about an orphan raised by ghosts. He goes on to say ‘my next big novel was going to have a vampire. Now, I’m probably not. They are everywhere, they’re like cockroaches.’
Read the Independent article in full.
One of our younger readers, Laoise Sweeny, has kindly reviewed The Graveyard Book below. Reserve a copy at your local library and perhaps get a copy of one of the Twilight novels to see if you agree with Gaiman!
”The Graveyard Book is the story of a young boy named Nobody Owens, who, after the tragic murder of his parents, ends up living in a graveyard and being cared for by ghosts. Although he is a human, the inhabitants of the graveyard take him in as one of their own and raise him well. However, the ghosts fear for Nobody’s safety, as they are aware that his family’s murderer may still be at large and looking for him. Personally, I found The Graveyard Book quite hard to get into, as the chapters are long and the plot is sometimes confusing. However, near the end of the book, I became interested by the story line and found the book more satisfying.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys murder mystery books and tales of ghosts, hauntings and shady figures. I would say however, that this book is aimed at older readers, as it is quite complicated and the vocabulary is sometimes challenging. Overall, although I do believe some people may enjoy it, I was slightly disappointed by this book, but I would like to see what other books this author has to offer.”
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