Here is your vampire update for October 13th
Via Bertena Varney at the Examiner: The Search for the Lure of the Dead Boyfriend-Part 3-The Vampire as a Soulmate
Christine Meloni mentions in her article, “The Rise of Vampire Literature” that in vampire literature females are very accepting of any suitor. They tend not to be judgmental or fearful of the unknown but to look for their equal in any form. These females result in stronger characters than those written in the past (Meloni, 2007, p. 32). These characters and their readers fall in love with these monsters. Katharine Ramsland, professor at DeSales University describes the vampire as larger than life, charismatic entities of power and mystery that once were human. This new vampire displays abilities beyond human limitation. They can defeat death, seduce anyone at will, obliterate their enemies and still stay up all night (Ramsland, Hunger for the marvelous: The vampire craze in the computer age, 1989, p. 42). This is very seductive to the reader.
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From Scott Weinberg at Cinematical: Is Disney Prepping a Vampire Trilogy of Their Own?
Hey, this just in: The Twilight franchise wrings a whole lot of cash out of its favorite demographic. And so it only stands to reason that Disney would want a piece of that particular pie. Which makes the following information slightly interesting and not even remotely surprising: It looks like Disney is planning a movie version of The Maker’s Song trilogy, by Adrian Phoenix. Book one is called A Rush of Wings; book two is In the Blood; and book three (due for release in December) is called Beneath the Skin.
So what makes us think that Mr. Phoenix’s books are scheduled for movie-time? Well, this article at Jim Hill Media, which explains that various “Song”-related domain names have been recently purchased by the studio.
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via Gabrielle S. Faust at Sci Fi Wire: 16 hot Movie and TV vampires that turn us into willing victims
Some vampires are just so damned sexy we can’t help but volunteer our veins. Meet the sensual, seductive bloodsuckers who star in the 12th of our 31 specials for the 31 days of Halloween.
Eric Northman, True Blood: There’s only one actor who could so perfectly portray an ancient Nordic vampire turned modern Louisiana sheriff and owner of the infamous vampire bar Fangtasia: Alexander Skarsgard. From his impeccable sense of fashion to his highlighted hair, Eric Northman is cold, calculating, cruel and completely in control in a way that is mysteriously irresistible. The perfect bad-boy vampire!
Queen Akasha, Queen of the Damned There are few actresses who could have portrayed the queen of the vampires, Akasha, in Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned. Moving through each of her scenes with an eerie grace, like an eel slithering through dark waters, Aaliyah’s natural, exotic beauty and grace was an absolute perfect fit for the centuries-old source of all things undead.
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The article about vampire soul mates is really interesting; it’s well researched and has some good points. And I’m only surprised it took Disney this long to cash in. I don’t know anything about the books, but I’ll have to check them out. And the 16 vampires make up a good list, except for Stuart Townsend as Lestat, because unfortunately Tom Cruise will always be my Lestat.
What do you think is the appeal of vampires? What do you think of a Disney vampire movie? Are there any vampires that should have made the list that aren’t?