The second Twilight movie is out today, but I'm betting that many of you who consider yourselves vampire fans aren't planning to see it, whether you made an honest attempt to read the novels and hated 'em or whether the fandom just scares the snot out of you. Either way, you need some other way to get your vampire fix.
As it turns out, the month of November is full of vampire craziness, so I thought I'd showcase X releases for getting your vampire on without sitting in a movie theater with that most terrifying of monsters, the fangirl.
Vampire Knight: The most obvious manga parallel to the Twilight phenomenon, Vampire Knight is 100% romantic shoujo soap opera with vampires. Some of its fans fall for the gorgeous vampires and vampires-to-be; others glory in the sometimes trashy but still fun drama. Volume 8 came out on the 3rd, so go catch up with the Night Class.
Bloody Kiss: The second and final volume of this short shoujo series hit shelves on the 3rd as well, and in terms of sheer story, it might actually be the closest proxy to Twilight. A young girl inherits a mansion that turns out to be inhabited by two vampires, with one of whom she begins to establish a relationship. The only problem is that if they kiss, she might become a vampire too.
Trinity Blood: For something a liiiiiiiiittle less girly-girl, Trinity Blood exists as both a bishounen fest and an intriguing sci-fi/fantasy/politics mash-up. The third novel, Reborn on Mars: Empress of the Night, was released by TOKYOPOP earlier this month, though I'm guessing you'll want to be pretty familiar with the series before picking that one up.
Record of a Fallen Vampire: We're squarely in shounen territory with this release from VIZ, whose seventh volume came out on November 10th. The dethroned vampire king Strauss wanders the world over, fighting off the half-vampires who want to kill him and the curse placed on him by humanity, the Black Swan.
Vampire Hunter D: Digital Manga Publishing has been near-simul-releasing this manga adaptation of Hideo Kikuchi's novels. Some fans may wish that illustrator Yoshitaka Amano was doing the art, but since he basically doesn't do manga, you may find you'll like Saiko Takaki's take, which retains much of the feel of Amano's work. Volume four came out on the 18th.
Blood: The Last Vampire: If you're looking for something to watch instead of read, you may want to hold out for the Blu-Ray release of the live-action adaptation of Production I.G's original Blood: The Last Vampire animated film. Granted, the reviews were lukewarm at best, but $34.95 isn't going to break the bank (or you can order it now-- as of this writing you can get it for $20 at Amazon). It's due out November 24th.
Dance in the Vampire Bund: If all of the above is still just not enough to quench your vampire thirst, you'll just have to give Nozomu Tamaki's centuries-old vampire loli Mina Tepes a try. In an interesting move, the vampire princess bought off Japan by paying off its national debt in order to earn some land to create a "special district" for vampires. Volume 5 will come out on the 30th, and an anime version is also in the works, so you might want to get a sneak peek by checking out the manga.
If that isn't enough for you, then you're an addict and should consider checking into a 12-step program. Don't worry, I'm sure lots of people are addicted to fiction about sexy beings that suck the blood out of humans for sustenance...
Of course, this is just vampire releases for November. So if you have other recommendations, be sure to share them in the comments!