The New Forty by Rebecca Bradley


Title: The New Forty
Author: Rebecca Bradley
In: Evolve (Nancy Kilpatrick)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Vampires
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Edge
Year: 2010
5th sentence, 74th page: I never properly saw his face.

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Vampires in the media are always beautiful, glorious and oozing sexual appeal. But what about those who are just that little bit older? Maybe they’ve become the “new forty”.


I’ve always been frustrated by the term “new _____” like thirty is the new twenty and such. It just seems so silly and frivolous, and this short story kind of highlighted that for me. It made fun of the phrase, made fun of vampires, and made fun of our obsession with media.

I’ve had very mixed feelings about vampire stories since Twilight became such a hit. On one hand, I can understand the fascination, and there are some amazing series based around it. On the other hand, I really don’t understand what is romantic about a set of creatures that hunt and kill humans to survive – if they weren’t vampires, they’d be serial killers. This confusion and frustration about modern perceptions of the myth comes through while the main character is watching Opera (another thing I really don’t understand).

This is such a nice, easy, fun and amusing story that takes the vampire genre and makes fun of it. all while still falling within the genre it is mocking itself.

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