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Harlequin Romance Jumps Into the Teen Reading Pool

Due in part to the smashing success of Stephanie Meyer's vampire series Twilight, about — do I really have to tell you this? — teen vampires, publishers like HarperTeen and Razorbill are seeking to supply teens' growing demand for romances with supernatural and paranormal subplots.

Even 60-year-old romance novel publisher Harlequin is getting involved with its newest imprint, Harlequin Teen, which will feature teen protagonists.

Sales of children's/young-adult hardcovers are up 36.4 percent, according to the Association of American Publishers, but sales of adult titles have taken a nose-dive. (Perhaps because some adults, it turns out, are reading young adult novels?) One example of what Harlequin Teen has up its sleeve: Intertwined, a book that "stars a teenage boy who has four souls living inside him and who is irresistibly drawn to a vampire princess." More vampires, eh?

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
I just read twilight. It seems like a romance novel in a way. It writes a story about young forbidden desires, taboos, and underlying sexual desires. Except they never get to the sex. They just keep hinting about it, and tormenting themselves with brushed lips and trailing fingers on each others bodies. The vampire guy is made out like some sort of mystical being who is rich, physically perfect, and processes superhuman powers, but he is the "good" vampire who loves her and won't harm her. The girl is made out like a helpless victim, who is caught in his trap. Yet she tries to keep her poise and her composure as he slowly seduces her. Like I said just another romance novel. Vampire or rich landowner, or a dangerous powerful man of some kind takes some beautiful virgin in to his castle and then takes her. Somehow they fall in love and she winds up being tied in his bed every night. Same thing. Can't say I'm that impressed, seems like there should be better things to sell to our teenagers.
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
Anonymous 8:50am - she's probably okay with this one because despite the necrophilia, abuse relationships, pedophilia and supernatural beings, they waited for marriage to bone. So of course it's totes fine.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Down with vampires! Or at least down with the ones who don't eat humans. I mean really what separates those kinds of vampires from insomniacs with bad teeth? Give me Buffy vamps any day!
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
well clearly these imprints aren't JUST selling vampire books ... in fact, i think it's a bad business venture for harlequin to publish vampire books right now since other publishers have moved on to dark fiction, ghost stores, and zombies already. they should try to find another teen niche to fill.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
More sparkly vampires? Why? I am pretty sure that children read about things other than vampires.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
VAMPIRE ACADEMY ROCKS! actually ... RAZORBILL in general ROCKS! [yea ... I am uber supportive of my favorite editorial department]
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Only vampire book I'm interested in reading now is the one by Del Toro. Nothing sweet, nothing romantic, no sparklers, no "i love you beyond death" crap. Only mean, vicious, throat-ripping vamps.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
ANd they will all be crappola just like twilight is.
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
I like vampires, generally (LOVE Anne Rice!), but not poor writing and the portrayal of basically abusive relationships as the end-all-be-all of romance and love to preteen girl.s
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 8 years
i am also sick of vampires, i can't wait for all the twilight movies to be over.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
I'm sick of vamps as well. I was into them in the 90's when Anne Rice made them cool with Interview with the Vampire and my old fav The Vampire Lestat. Thos were GOOD vampires, they didn't sparkle. Now I'm just so SICK of vampires everywhere!
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
Dear sweet lord I hate Twilight.
cg130 cg130 8 years
Hahahah, I'm so sick of vampires!
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 8 years
did they have to make her a vampire princess, that just sounds like they're trying to get all the cliches in one story line.
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