Romance- Was this supposed to be a conversation post?
Action- No, but this guy doesn’t have a strong opinion on why one of us, me, is better than the other.
R- But he hasn’t read any vampire romances, so he’ll go to you by default.
A- That’s exactly the problem. He doesn’t want to come off as biased.
R- Well, it’s obvious that he is if you look at War of Nytefall. It’s about as romantic as that movie with the all the killing.
A- ‘Shakespeare in Love’?
R- Picking a random ‘love’ movie off the channel guide doesn’t help this joke. So, what are the advantages we have over each other?
A- Nothing. One could say I’m more for guys and you’re for girls, but society doesn’t work that way any more. Besides, the guy’s wife is definitely more into me than you.
R- I think I’ve had a lot of success over the last decade, which means I’ve been overshadowing you for a while. When was the last time an action movie with vampires came out and was worth watching?
A- One without romance? I can’t think of the last one, but I’m betting it was a low budget affair that nobody saw. Romance always sell better than action though. You really need to be in the mood for me while you can put people in the mood even if they aren’t in that zone when they start.
R- That is my strength. Still, you are the one who has the vampires that are taken much more seriously by society. Mine get mocked all the time while you get to see yours considered threats. Nobody is scared of a vampire that is more interested in the high school definition of necking.
A- Good one. Maybe there is space for the two of us, but it feels like we’re in a big tug-o-war over the genre. Vampires are already considered a sub-category of horror, so the audience is slim to begin with.
R- I will point out that nearly every vampire story falls into some type of action. People can only handle romance for so long before they want the monsters to act like monsters. It doesn’t seem right when a story can easily be rewritten with two humans, so the vampire part is considered superfluous.
A- Some level of balance is definitely necessary. That’s probably why War of Nytefall has Xavier and Nadia being all smoochy smoochy. You have Chastity too, but the jury is still out on if lust counts for romance.
R- It’s a raw and primal emotion, but it’s mine.
A- Glad to see you’re accepting that. So, what do we do now?
R- Open the floor?
A- Sure. What do people think of action and romance vampires?
R- Please be gentle.
A- That can be taken in so the wrong way.