"And vampires have changed since Dracula's day. They are no longer the creepy guy outside your window, they're the hot guy at school ("Twilight") or the hot private detective (Moonlight, The Vampire Files). And vampires are not just for adults. "Twilight" made them the hottest thing among teenagers since V.C. Andrews, and just in time to capitalize on the phenomenon, the CW has just announced a just-for-TV vampire series."
"What happened to the monstrous bloodsuckers I know and love?"
I like the great variation that the authors have created of vampires. Not all of them have to be gore vampires who only want to kill you. If author wouldn't have this great imagination vampires would have stayed behind, being just tales for when the moon is full and your around the camp fire. Vampires bring something extra to a story. Being it "sparkly" vampires, or the new social-out-of-the-closet vampires from Sookie Stackhouse-true blood- there is always something new and interesting about them all. Hell have you guys watched Underworld? Now that's something else and great. Personally I think the guy or girl who write this is a little old fasion. Change is good, it sells, people like it, get over it. You don't have to specifically be a fan of "Twilight", or even Laurell K. Hamilton's Anite Blake series, there's a vampire style for everyone. I personally like the vampires from The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. They are more spiritual, they have their own race, they don't need to feed from humans (our blood ain't strong enough), and they aren't falling in love with 15 year old girls.
"They're very likely to become instantly fascinated with a sweet, shy ordinary girl and become helplessly devoted to her."
Now this part is true, I never got that. I guess is because not everybody is the same, centuries after centuries you may be looking for the right person and when you actually find your "other half" is not your fault you found him/her when they were 15. Every person is diferent, just as every vampire now in literature have a little of their own sugar, spice and everything nice.
I think the article has some good points, but I would have to disagree with some of them. As I said I like the rainbow of vampires. And even if sometimes the authors go over the top, or even create a whole new species of vampires, its always fun to see what are they going to come up with next. That said, you can give me gore anytime of the day, but give me a little bit of romance also to balance it out.