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Book News: Mermaids are the New Vampire

According to an article I read yesterday from PopWatch, mermaids are everywhere this year! They’re showing up in books, movies and fashion!

For the last few years, the most popular fantasy characters have been vampires- with a dash of werewolf mixed in. Now, it seems that mermaids may have taken their place in the YA fantasy world. Well, maybe not completely… 🙂

I took it upon myself to compile a list of 2011 mermaid reads!

Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon

Some 2011 mermaid-esque books are:

Not to mention that the May release of The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides movie will feature some killer (literally) mermaids.

PLUS- the famous Twilight author, Stephanie Meyer, has come out saying that she’s leaving vampires behind and is ready to feature some different creatures in her newest books.

Meyer talks about “time-traveling mermaids” in this video:

If you’re interested in finding out more, Carolyn Turgeon has created a website devoted to all-things mermaid! Her site is I Am A Mermaid.

How do you feel about the mermaid craze this year? Feeling excited or indifferent? Are you interested in reading about new fantasy creatures or do you want to stick with vamps and werewolves?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • I guess in some ways it makes sense. Growing-up LITTLE MERMAID was my favorite Disney movie–besides my love from HERCULES–and then there was that super classy Tom Hanks movie SPLASH, followed many years later by two children’s classics: THE THIRTEENTH YEAR and AQUAMARINE. Those will go down in the history books as quality (which is sarcasm unless you love those films then I am 100% sincere). I’ve even read mermaid romances! MaryJanice Davidson has an adult romance series following a mermaid named Fred (the first book is SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES), and I loved it. Truly did. They were funny and quirky, and Fred was crabby and imperfect and had blue hair.

    But for some reason, the whole mermaid as the new vampire thing…doesn’t have me super excited. I think that’s because mermaids seem to be less wicked. And I like a little wicked. Plus, mermaid are stereotypically female, associated with being either seductresses or happy-go-lucky fish people, so I do think it is hard for authors to make them as engaging as vampires. As a female reader I cannot relate or sympathize with the seductress, and the happy, innocent mermaids drive me insane. This is why I prefer my supernatural character to be a little more male and a little less fishy. I don’t have to see myself in the hunky vampire hero with a tortured soul. I just have to associate with his lady love and sit back and admire his seduction. Plus, most vampires and werewolves used to be human–mermaids… I just don’t know–I think if I am going to go with a whole new species in my YA romances, I will stick with the angels and nephilim. They are usually male, have wings, chiseled physiques and that bad-boy edge that I can appreciate without really having to relate to!

    • Lisa

      I’ve only read one fantasy book that’s featured angels (Archangel by Sharon Shinn). I loved it! I saw on your blog that you read Hush, Hush- and I really should check it out. Bad boy angels are becoming super popular these days, too.

      I think you’re right- mermaids may not have the same appeal to female readers. I think we like to image ourselves as the woman protagonist, so putting ourselves in the place of a ocean-bound creature may be a bit of a stretch. lol

      Thanks for stopping by the blog! 🙂

  • Lea

    I definitely wouldn’t mind reading a book or two about mermaids (and this does make for some gorgeous cover art too!) but I don’t see them becoming the next vampire/werewolf-like craze– I like the idea of having new YA characters that aren’t all carbon-copies of previous best-sellers, but I don’t think the folklore behind mermaids is as interesting as vampires, angels, etc.

    Right now I am in a dystopia/historical fiction reading mode, so maybe I’ll pick up a mermaid book sometime soon to switch things up a little– thank you for the list you compiled! I was thinking of reading Tempest Rising…

    • Lisa

      Lea, thanks for stopping by! 🙂 I think the covers are really awesome, too! I think the stories may be limited, too, with mermaids. Unless the come out of the sea, or the book takes place only in the water- a story could be a bit stifled.

      Tempest Rising def looks good! I might try out the mermaid book by Carolyn Turgeon- it sounds pretty awesome! Darker and deeper than the Disney movie. 🙂

  • I saw this in the “You may also like:” section and clicked on it immediately! I am in the middle of reading Turgeon’s Mermaid right now and I totally agree! I love how mermaids are no longer a thing of Disney movies but are all over the literary map now! Such romance =)

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  • Heather McLaren

    My debut novel, Mythos, is set to come out on eBook in August of 2013. It is the first book in the Mer Chronicles. It has plenty of romance, war and adventure for the dedicated mermaid lover.