Elise Valente, author of the Amaranthine Blood series, wrote a blog post yesterday talking about her writing: Not Your Everyday Vampire Story. I particularly like this paragraph:
In looking back, I can see that writing Sanaan is very much my own statement on how women are viewed in vampire novels today. They’re either weak, needy humans who need a big strong vampire male to protect them, or they’re vampires and complete sluts. Very rarely do you see a strong female vampire (or any female main character, for that matter) whose story does not revolve around getting hooked up with some guy, whether romantically or promiscuously.
Leaving questions posed by the word ‘slut’ for another future discussion, this fits quite nicely with my own musings, see, e.g.: