Are Mermaids the New Vampires?

Vampires have been hot subjects in novels and films with the Twilight series, True Blood, and more young adult (YA), romance and general fiction than you can shake a stick at.

Although vampires are always popular, the Next Big Thing may be…mermaids. Really?

Apparently so. USA Today points to a slew of recent mermaid books, including Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale, Lost Voices, Fins Are Forever, Dreamland Social Club and Ripple. They also note that Stephanie Meyer, creator of the massively successful Twilight novels, says she is moving from vampires to mermaids.

A quick search of reveals dozens of new and forthcoming mermaid books. There are mermaid conventions (MerCon 2011 debuted this past month in Las Vegas) and even a mermaid camp where women can get in touch with their inner mermaids.

So mermaids are the coming thing…what does all of this mean to you, as an author?

I would never suggest that you write about something just because it is trendy. Writing about a subject in which you have no interest can be tedious, and that tedium is likely to show in the quality of your work. Worse, if you manage to churn out some serviceable prose that becomes successful, you will be stuck writing books you do not like for an audience you do not respect. However, if you are into mermaids this is your chance.

Dust off that mermaid romance you wrote five years ago and stuck in a drawer. Find the notes you made for a mermaid historical novel and get to work. If you have an interest in mermaids, this is your time.

Non-fiction writers may also find opportunities in the mermaid trend. Existing books, such as the self-help title, A Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids and the children’s book The Girl’s Guide to Mermaids may draw more attention. Photographer Mark Anderson’s is preparing a book version of his M: Mermaids of Hollywood app for the iPhone and Ipad with its photos of 60 celebrities as mermaids.

If you are a mermaid fan, now is the time to get your book ready for the world.


  1. says

    first it was zombies, then angels, now mermaids?

    No, vampires are the new vampires.

    Yes, vampires will be the eternal “it” guys- at least for that select group of vampire lovers (and we are a loyal bunch).

    There are always going to be those who love the hot new things and follow fads- but true fang loving fanatics will always love the vamps.

  2. says

    Roxanne, I think you are right that vampires will always be popular. But it looks like the media are gearing up to give more attention to mermaids for a while.

    There should be plenty of room for both. I’m sure that vampires are not going away–after all they live forever! ;o)

  3. says

    Denise, I am not much of a fan of monsters, myself; however, mermaids are not necessarily the sweet creatures many of us consider them to be. The mermaid legends include lots of nasty, evil mermaids, and we will be seeing many of them in the upcoming books, movies and other media.

  4. says

    To be honest,I am fond of mermaids and other sea creatures. I’m actually curious about them. I’ve watched the latest chapter of the movie of Pirates of the Caribbean and I’m quite happy on how they portray the image of mermaids- charming, goddesses yet dangerous. If there’s gonna be a book about them, I would love to check it out.
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  5. Alan Ishibashi says

    Well, this could be interesting! I would have never guessed…

    I saw mermaids in the latest Pirate’s film and they looked pretty vicious — sea vampires really.

    I wonder if this new breed of mermaids will be mostly good or evil. Also, will they be able to sprout legs and walk on land? That sounds pretty important, unless they are only interacting with the staff at Sea World.
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  6. says

    Mermaids becoming vampires? LOL…but I think that would be interesting if you only add nice twist. Like Twilight, the author put spices on it and also the “romance” factor is there. :-)

  7. says

    I like reading and watching shows/movies about creatures which are considered “supernatural” out of pure curiosity for I never did become a die-hard fan of a particular subgroup. It would be interesting to see how Twilight’s Meyer would portray her mermaids. I am not huge on the Twilight series although I was able to read it out of sheer boredom at work. I think I would have liked it had I read it when I was 12. But then again I was reading Dickens at that time.
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    Hi Cathy,

    well people always need some new scenario to tickle the imagination. Actually I think mermaids could really work, as people still remember disney Arielle and probably like to see mermaids from a new perspective.
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