08-21-2007 11:03 PM
08-22-2007 02:17 AM
08-22-2007 03:02 PM - edited 08-22-2007 11:37 PM
Message Edited by paulgoatallen on 08-22-2007 11:37 PM
08-24-2007 01:09 AM
I would get in except that I'm on the bottom of the hold list for all of Stephanie's books nnd as soon as they get in the used book store they get snatched and I can't afford new so I have to wait. Maybe down the line in the Urban Fantasy board you can ask the question again and I can answer.
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08-24-2007 02:27 PM
I've read all of LKH's books so when I started reading the Meyer series, the comparisons were just everywhere. Not so say that the Twilight saga is derivative but it was really weird to find so many parallels.
08-27-2007 05:50 PM
1. Present Day
2. Main characters and heroines (anita and bella) are female and human
3. Their most potent partners are a vampire and werewolf
4. Both heroines don't find themselves to be that spectacular, even though other people think so.
5. Physically similar (brown hair and eyes, pale)
BUT i think they have a completely different writing style (thank goodness). The major difference of course is taht Meyers writes for a YA crowd (that adults can enjoy as well) whereas LKH is mainly for adults--and is a LOT more open sexually.
I love the books--I just started Twilight last Thursday while travelling via plane--and i bought and read both New Moon and Eclipse while travelling. I bought Eclipse on a layover in Denver....and found them selling the book at the airport bookstore. :] I finished Eclipse last night and have been itching for more!
08-27-2007 09:13 PM
Yes, yes and yes! Mucho similarities – and yes, their writing styles are completely different. I was just blown away by the relationship parallels: human female, vampire boyfriend, werewolf friend/love interest. Thanks for the post, I feel better now – I thought tons of people would say just what you said but maybe the reading audiences are pretty much separate down the age lines...
08-28-2007 11:35 AM
If you watch a few interviews, you'll see many of her readers weren't vampire fans to begin with... I'm sure some have read LKH, but not all of them.
Have you read the Merry series? I love both the Anita Blake and Merry series. :]
08-28-2007 05:04 PM
Yes, I've read all books in both of LKH's series. It's strange because over the years, it's seems as though both storylines – very different at the beginning – are somehow becoming more similar. I guess I can't really explain it but the last few Merry Gentry novels were very much like the Anita Blake novels in tone, pacing, etc. and I'd never really noticed it before...
But, yeah, both series are great!
08-28-2007 06:53 PM
...much like Stephenie Meyer. :]
08-30-2007 04:15 PM
08-30-2007 07:57 PM
08-30-2007 09:29 PM
While the plotlines of both series are similar, the LKH Anita Blake story is like an X-rated version of Meyer's Twilight saga. Similar characters, situations, conflicts, etc. but two very different series in terms of graphic content. I think in my last review of an Anita Blake novel, I'm used the term "sexual acrobatics" if that tells you anything...
I also heard somewhere that making a film version of LKH's Anita Blake novels is impossible because of the mature content.. If the movies followed the books, they would be X-rated for sure. The film versions of Meyer's novels could probably be shown on tv....
09-05-2007 07:48 PM
I think of the Twilight series as more of love stories rather than vampire novels and I look at these Anita Blakes as more of murder mysteries with the whole underworld involved.
AB is a MUCH tougher, rough around the edges character than Bella- boardering on vulgar and coarse...and the vampires are what you'd expect - not the multi dimensional Cullens...
09-05-2007 10:30 PM
It will definitely be entertaining – and eye-opening! LKH's Anita Blake novels really have become THE series that defines paranormal fantasy. At least, to the booksellers I know. Before LKH's Anita Blake novels, hardly any of these types of authors were published in hardcover and print runs were tiny. Now, after the phenomenal success of the Anita Blake novels, dozens of comparable authors – Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, etc. – release hardcovers all the time. It's really quite amazing if you think about it. These "paranormal" fantasy books just keep getting more and more popular. Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga is a perfect example. I think because of the success of authors like LKH – and the paranormal subgenre in general – Meyer's potential fanbase for her novels increased tenfold. If you enjoy the Meyer's series, let me tell you – there's a whole new world out there filled with some more great reads....
BarnesandNoble.com just started the Paranormal Book Club (link below) which focuses on the LKH series and so much more...
09-05-2007 10:32 PM
Man, you have me stumped! Penguins? What am I forgetting here? Please let me know – it's going to drive me crazy!
09-06-2007 10:32 AM
Anita has her stuffed penguin doll that she sleeps with...well, until Michal and Nathaniel came on board. hehehe.