1. I've been thinking about the two conflicting hardcore fan stereotypes, one being the fan who automatically likes everything associated with his or her fandom, and the other being the one who hates everything new. While these two might seem contradictory at first, I think that many fans actually incorporate a little of both. For instance, we all know I'm a big Oz fan, and I'm often more willing to forgive poor editing or weak plotting in Oz books than in others (especially considering that most new Oz books are labors of love anyway). At the same time, though, I'm pretty likely to notice what I consider to be out-of-character moments or contradictions of what came before, and complain about them. I won't pretend that my experience is typical, but maybe this helps explain why you'll get people who will, say, watch anything with "Star Trek" or "Star Wars" in the name, even though they seem to hate all the new stuff.
2. I understand that vampires are currently in vogue among the ladies, who for some reason want to have sex with the blood-sucking undead. Perhaps these fangirls should be reminded that some of the earlier vampire myths involved the Romanian strigoi:
And even in the twentieth century, there was Nosferatu:
Somehow I don't think hack Mormon writers would be too likely to want to marry off their Mary Sues to either of these guys. They probably don't keep sweet at all! Seriously, though, I've heard that a large part of the vampire fetish comes from the desire for bad boys, which someone like me would find rather distasteful anyway.
3. Speaking of bad boys, are pirates still in style? Or did the news a few months ago about REAL pirates ruin it for everyone?