Thursday, July 30, 2009
This just in, Twilight's bad girl vamp Victoria (as portrayed by Canadian/Montréaler) Rachelle Lefevre) is to be replaced , by Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of Ron) in the 3rd installment of the franchise: Eclipse.
It is claimed to be due to scheduling conflicts on the part of Lefevre.
I don't know about others, but I think this sucks, and not in a good way!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Over at Eternal Vigilance, there're updates on the Blood and Gold vampire ball from the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club.
Submit a short fan made trailer for a new vampire epic, The Strain, by director Guillermo del Toro and it may win to premiere in a Canadian theaters in August.
Casting news for Let the Right one in, the American remake of the Swedish film.
Read the commentary - Vampires: All dried up.
The Examiner.com has a 5 part series concerning the current popularity of vampire fiction.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
In fact, one good thing that the popularity of Twilight brought (back) to the genre, was rousing vamps out of the coffin and bringing them to the mainstream again, more “general public” approachable, if you will.
So why then you may wonder, since being such a fan of the genre, I would make the above statement: “I like Vampires, but I wouldn’t want to be one”?
Well firstly I should mention how this sentiment came about.
(Warning True Blood spoiler alert in 3…
And my resounding feeling was NO!
No matter how much I like vampires, and were they indeed real, I can’t see myself wanting to be one.
Furthermore, to have to give up the sun (according to traditional vampire lore and not of these Twilight times) and hence my especially favoured season, summer (albeit I love Winter as well), I don’t think so – I feel there’s more than mere coincidence that my name (of Hindu origins, though I’m not) translates to mean “golden a/o daughter of the sun”. I love being in the Sun.
But then I got to thinking again: is it that I feel this way (liking vamps, but not wanting to be one) because I’m female?
… but I wouldn’t want to be one!... (continued from part 1)
Is it that I feel this way (liking vamps, but not wanting to be one) because I’m female?And I deduced the answer to that, (as it pertains to me anyway), is indeed a resounding YES!
‘Cause when I think: Vampire, being a heterosexual female, I think: Male, when I think male, I think: Seduction and who isn’t a sucker (no pun intended) for seduction when it comes to vamps? And as we know, it’s all about the seduction, n’est pas?
Vampires are the ultimate predator.
Bear in mind dear reader, that several of these examples are the quote/unquote “romanticized” version of the traditional vampires of yore.
But nonetheless, there is something to be said for the power exuded by these seductively fascinating creatures.
And considering that most vampires are usually depicted as having been human before their transformation, and some (though not all) ultimately retain their souls (Blood Ties, vampire Henry Fitzroy is an example of such) – then the danger associated with them adds to the seductive quality. It translates basically to the fact that, if he so chooses, a vampire could as easily kill you, as much as just take some of your blood.
Unlike other creatures, who most times, would undergo some intense physical transformation – for example, the man turning into beast, that the quintessential Werewolf (often times depicted as the arch enemy of the vampire) – most vampires’ physical transformations are usually more subtle (the vampires of Buffy and The Lost Boys are among the few exceptions).
To quote film critic Maitland McDonagh (on a recent Space: the Imagination Station special – Pretty Bloody: The women of Horror, © 2009): “Vampires have always been the mainstay of women in horror… explicitly tied with ideas of seduction and of giving into impulses that are perhaps socially unacceptable… Vampires are very sexualized. …not the brutal sexuality of say Werewolves, who are the embodiment of the beast within…. Vampires are seducers....”
Furthermore, there is no escaping the implied (or explicit) sexual connotations associated with most vampires, especially those of the fanged variety (here Edward Cullen and the other Twilight vamps do not apply).
Vampires’ fangs: the long, pointed, sharp teeth of its mouth (usually incisor, some times canines, other times both), are meant to penetrate. To penetrate the (preferably human) flesh from which it must get blood to the sustain itself. And the parts of the body usually preferred by vamps, where the veins run deep and strong, are also some of the parts of the body where one would find (some of the most sensitive) erogenous zones: the neck, wrist, inner thigh and to a lesser extent breasts.
There is definitely something to be said for being the object of want and desire to a vampire. True is may be for the blood that lies beneath (the body). But to know that in essence the vampire literally can’t live without “You”. Well! Then there is the being desired.
And this is especially brought to more evidence, if the vampire takes blood whilst engaging in said act. (There are however some exceptions, i.e. vamps which are physically sexually impotent. For example: Anne Rice’s vampires have no use of their sexual organs after being turned. Nevertheless, the fang penetration connotation still applies.)
Then there is the being desired.
As a warm and red blooded woman, I find that thought rather appealing, in spite of the apparent danger. And again the sense of danger adds fuel to the seductive fire that is the modern image of the vampire.
To conclude, as much as I wouldn’t want to be a vampire, the thought of being on the receiving end of a vampire’s attention can have its appeal.
In fact, even yours truly has penned a poem or two with emphasis on the sensual/seductive/dangerous/erotic appeal of the vampire. As in My Life, My Love, My Blood , (recently featured on Roxanne Rhoads’ Fang-tastic books blog).
But what say you dear reader: What is it about the vampire (or the genre that appeals to you)? And in the context of the statement, would you like being the vampire or its vassal?
I invite you to leave your comments below.
Monday, July 6, 2009
This continuation to MacAlister’s Zen and the Art of Vampires (see my review) proved to be not quite as engaging. Yes, I was curious to resolve the plot twist that had left me hanging at the end of Zen, but in the end, it fell just short of expectations – a bit too sweet and cliché for this readers’ liking – anticlimactic for want of a better description.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I invite you to leave your comments below!
Friday, July 3, 2009
Recently Announced, the 3rd installment of the Twilight saga: Eclipse is set to begin shooting in Vancouver this coming August (by August 17th). With New Moon set to be released this coming Nov. 20th, I'm thinking they must be aiming at releasing Eclipse for next Summer 2010??
See the link for more details: http://www.tribute.ca/news/index.php/twilight-3-begins-shooting-in-vancouver-next-month/2009/07/02/
Don't forget it's Free Book Friday today over at fang-tastic books: http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/
Have a look at this interesting fan listing : Night Walker, dedicated to Blood Ties : http://bloodties.painted-dreams.net/extra.php