According to Stephen King, and he should know, here's what vampires shouldn't be - pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and work only at night; lovelorn southern gentlemen; anorexic teenage girls; boy-toys with big dewy eyes.
King claims they should be - Killers. Stone killers who never get enough of that tasty Type-A. Bad boys and girls. Hunters. In other words, Midnight America. Red, white and blue, accent on the red. Those vamps got hijacked by a lot of soft-focus romance."
King has clearly got a bit of a thing against the waves of romantically inclined vampires that have been proving so popular in recent years – in the past, he's hit out particularly at Stephanie Meyer's Twilight books and the yearning teen romance that fills them.
"Stephanie Meyers can't write worth a damn." Stephen King