Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Demons: the old vampires

Just like vampires and werewolves, demons are simply misunderstood. They are the bad mafia boys, lounging in dim bars, smoking, sporting spiky hairdos and tattoos and leather pants.

And Hell? Satan and evil? Torturing innocents for laughs? Stealing one’s soul? Trampling on innocence?
Innocence is overrated. Evilness is sexy. Ask the vampires who are all the rage, thanks to Twilight, the Anita Blake novels, and, of course, Anne Rice’s first cool, dangerous, arrogant, bad, very bad vampire boys.
Demons are steeped in romanticism. Not the Victorian romanticism of the vampire – but its pure ‘fall from grace’ aspect. Who can be more romantic than fallen angels, brooding and remembering old happy days, with a soft spot for those who didn’t fall, slaves to Hell’s dictatorial regime, rebels with a cause – who wouldn’t love them?
Besides, they do suck blood from time to time, and other essences. They are the ancestors of vampires – the original fallen ones.
Bad boys are cool. Catch them by surprise, see their softer side, and fall in love.
That’s what romance is all about.


Arlene said...

You sold me, Jay. I hope you continue bringing these bad guys to life, one novel after another.

Jay Di Meo said...

I love demons. I think I could write thousands of stories about them. :-)

Rebecca Leigh said...

OMG, I would totally read such stories also!! Jay, are you working on anything?

Dawn Embers said...

Great post and a different approach to the topic of demons. Very nice work there. I haven't read many fallen angel stories but from the buzz around a few books (including one on my to read shelves) I can see what you mean.

For my novel, the angel has the dark past and deals with issues of boredom and apathy. The demon, well he's a good guy but on the other side. Their relationship should be interesting. I really need to get back to writing that. Thanks for the reminder.

Margaret West said...

A romance with a fallen angel...thats a book I'd read.

Cate Masters said...

Ah yes. Fallen angels make wonderful characters - the more complex, the better.

Jay Di Meo said...

So glad you are interested in the topic. I have written a novel, a novella and a short story so far with demons and angels and I just love them. Here's to hoping they will be published soon! :-)