By News Online’s Cassie White: Blood, sex and fears: the making of vampire mania
As vampire-mania heats up around the globe, there are two book series on our screens going head to head for everyone’s attention – Twilight and True Blood.

We’ve always had a place for the sinister and sexy world of vampires, but it now seems to have reached a point of obsession.

Suburban mother-of-three Charlaine Harris is the unlikely author of the raunchy Sookie Stackhouse books about a telepathic waitress, which has spawned Alan Ball’s award-winning TV series, True Blood (which screens on pay TV in Australia).

Set in the deep south, vampires announce their existence after the creation of a synthetic blood – True Blood – which means they (theoretically) don’t have to feed on humans – or “fang bangers” – as those with a fetish for having sex with vampires are called.

Twilight on the other hand is a teen romance about a mortal girl and mysterious vampire who fall irrefutably in love – which is a bit prickly because he desperately wants to drink all of her blood.

“I think that people are interested in the idea of immortality – the idea of staying forever at your peak age with no arthritis and no allergies. That sounds pretty good,” [Harris] said with her southern drawl.

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by Ollie Chong aka AdoreBill at True Blood NetVIDEOS: Charlaine Harris At The New Orleans Vampire Ball

Charlaine Harris was a special guest at the Tru Blood & Gold Ball in New Orleans, La on October 30. The Ball was  sponsored by the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club (ARVLFC) who reached out to True Blood and Sookie Stackhouse fans with vampire solidarity. Charlaine wore the special costume she had made for the occasion and was crowned “Queen of Louisiana”.

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from Alexandra Hartnett at The Examiner: ‘Clueless’ filmmaker to direct a romantic vampire comedy
According to Jeremy Kay of Screen, Parlay Films has announced it has acquired the rights to Vamps, a romantic vampire comedy.On a promising note Vamps will be both written and directed by Amy Heckerling, the filmmaker behind the 1980’s classic Fast Times and Ridgemont High and the mid-90’s gem Clueless. Krysten Ritter, of Confessions of A Shopaholic, has reportedly already signed on as one of the female vampire leads.

Vamps is currently being described as “a modern-day tale of two young female vampires living the good life in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.”
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I’m not sure how I feel about a vampire themed romantic comedy. I liked Clueless, but I may have to pass on this one. Charlaine Harris had some interesting ideas about why people love vampires, and I know I would love to be allergy free.

What drew you to vampires? Do you think that vampires ahve gone too far now that there’s a romantic comedy in the works?