That was the year that was

2008 in publishing terms could be seen as the year of the vampire, of politics, of the environment and, as always, of all sorts of irrationality.

Vampires. Who could have predicted that female readers of all ages would be drooling over the creatures of the night? Vampires have been around in the world of fiction from the 18th century but the neck nibbling antics of Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee and all are a long way from the present rash of paranormal romances from people like Christine Feehan, Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton who add hefty slices of romance and a certain amount of erotica to the mixture. At the top of the vampire pyramid, however, is someone who deals in anticipatory sexiness only: the enormously popular Stephenie Meyer whose Twilight has now become one of the biggest films of recent times, attracting the very same audience who made Titanic a hit years back. Continue reading