So we have already read a lot of vampire novels so it's more interesting to compare the differences. I have seen the movie "I Am Legend" and I honestly never thought of them as vampires so this book and the similarities to vampires that the monsters have came as a big surprise. What I especially find interesting is the classic vampire myths that Matheson incorporates into the book. For example:
"...the cracked mirror he'd fastened to the door a month ago. In a few days, jagged pieces of the silver-backed glass would start to fall off. Let 'em fall, he thought. It was the last damned mirror he'd put there; it wasn't worth it. He'd put garlic there instead. Garlic always worked." "I Am Legend" (pg. 13-14)
This paragraph completely surprised me. I couldn't believe the common vampire lore Matheson was using. Then there's also the fact that they can't come out in the sun, they still talk and seem intelligent, among other things. It seems very different from the movie.
One thing I did notice is the similarities "I Am Legend" has to Twilight. When I first read Twilight it was very hard to get used to the differences from the vampire stories I was used to. The main part that was hard was that if the vampires in Twilight bit a human that was all they needed to do to change them into a vampire; a point that was very prevelant to the story. Now that I'm reading Legend I am wondering if this is where Stephenie Meyer got the idea from.
This book also reminds me a lot of the Sookie Stackhouse novels for one reason. In I Am Legend the vampires are described more as people suffering from a disease and that is exactly how the vampires describe themselves when they make themselves known to the public. All these random similarities that the newer vampire novels share with the classics makes it seem like that is where the new writers got their ideas from.
Overall I'm really excited to read this book now and maybe even make some comparisons to the movie since they already seem pretty different.