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From the Coffin to the Rowan Tree

Lam, Laura


Laura Lam


After the glut of YA novels featuring vampires after Twilight, vampires are currently back in the coffin and publishers are still largely avoiding novels that feature them. Paranormal romance has waned, but in this paper, I argue that the love interests in recent YA fantasy still fit the same mould of dangerous immortal fighting against their own darker nature and the risk of the female, human protagonist.

Vampires have not disappeared; they have shapeshifted into fairies. I will examine the archetype’s basis in fairy tale structure, and how it has changed in the ten years since Twilight in terms of feminism and potentially abusive love interests. While a variety of recent young adult titles will be mentioned, I will primarily focus on Twilight by Stephanie Meyer and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas.


Lam, L. (2018, June). From the Coffin to the Rowan Tree. Paper presented at International Vampire Film and Arts Festival, Sighișoara, Romania

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name International Vampire Film and Arts Festival
Start Date Jun 7, 2018
End Date Jun 10, 2018
Deposit Date Aug 3, 2018
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