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Will Write For Chocolate - Children's Books

Thanks to author Amber Lough for inspiring this strip. :-)

You can find the embed code for a smaller version of this strip over in Inkygirl.

Reader Comments (10)

Hilarious. And too darn true unfortunately. I feel like advertising that I have one of the few (adult) series that does NOT have a vampire. Sort of be a trendsetter. Ha.

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Sounds like my local Borders store where it's hard to find Harry Potter among all that bloodsucking angst of adolescent youth. At another Borders store, the same adolescent youth are necking out in the dark corners of the computer book section. Got to the point that I'm shopping on Amazon all the time.

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterC.D. Reimer

i hate to admit it, but i just joined the Twilight following. i posted on my blog about having the story take me by surprise. how timely your comic was.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Gregory

I've noticed the same thing at my local Barnes & Noble lately. Given, I usually read more adult novels, I sometimes like to look through the teen section to see if there's anything interesting, and all it contains are vampires, blood, Twilight, more vampires, Eragon, shallow books about nothing, and more vampire spin-offs. The world seems to think that young people only care about main-stream literature. Don't get me wrong, Twilight's fun to read sometimes, but since the movie came out, the worse the hysteria became, and the more I want to get away from it all for some good classic fiction.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

Heck yes XD I've been saying that for a long time now.

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

This is so true it makes me want to cry... I sometimes go to the teen section of Barnes and Noble because a few authors I like have books in there. (Namely Catherine Jinks.) They have two tables labelled "Fantasy". I think all the books but one on that table are vampire novels. And none of them are even in the infamous (I use the word infamous to make notice of my scorn for the series, sorry Twilight fans) Twilight series. I feel as if my heart has been ripped out. Where are my Harry Potter trivia guides? Where are my books where the girl kicks the boy's butt instead of swooning into his cold, dead arms?

August 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSiobhan McKennon

I love your work, and I'm so excited to have found your blog, which combines all the things I love in one place: writing and comics!

August 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalia Maldonado

Whilst I am not much of a reader of fiction anymore, I must also voice my concerns about this trend. It seems to be gaining momentum as opposed to dying out and worries me to no end. Perhaps it is time to pick up a good old Michael Crichton novel and pray this goes away. Or I may end up reading the Warcraft novel that came out a few months ago. Anything that does not involve vampires or angst-ridden teen relationships will be a welcome change of pace. Hopefully this trend will die within the next few months, but until then I shall be snuggling up with Timeline.

September 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBenjamin Ward

*laugh*

Yeah. It's Twilight. It makes me slightly happy because my favorite books as a teen were by an author who did a lot of teen vampire stuff, and she's gained a lot of popularity now (13 years later) due to this trend. And what can I say? Your favorite books growing up are always special, and you always want to see them lauded by everyone. So I'm in a wry but cheerful place about it all.

February 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I've noticed this trend, as I'm in the age group this stuff is meant to be written for. I don't mind the trend that much, and I have a fair few vampire books on my shelf. The problem really is the copycat books, which I don't think I have any of. Each of the vampire books on my shelf are wildly different and great stories in their own right. This trend is definitely good news for authors who are already writing vampire books. I'm afraid I still have a special place in my heart for Harry Potter, though, as that series is well and truly responsible for my love of reading and writing.

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Elise

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