T is for… Teen Wolf/Tru Calling
Teen Wolf is the second TV series in my list that derives from a somewhat fluffy movie start (the first being Buffy). I loved the Michael J Fox Teen Wolf movie (not as fond of Teen Wolf Too though). When I saw there was a series starting I had to watch it.
Teen Wolf is much more serious, with better special effects and lacrosse (which I’ve wanted to play since reading Malory Towers) instead of basketball.
Basic premise – Scott gets bitten by a werewolf and turns! Werewolves and teens mix well because of the parallels with raging hormones. Throw in some hunters, one of which is a gorgeous girl and you also get a Romeo and Juliet feel of forbidden love.
My favourite character though is Stiles (Scott’s best friend who he confides in) – who does provide much of the comic relief.
Ned Vizzini who I interviewed for the House of Secrets blog tour at the weekend has also written for this show – I asked him about the difference between scriptwriting and writing novels.
This is a current show, I’ve seen the first two seasons and there is a third on its way.
Tru Calling is the fourth show in the list to star Eliza Dushku – Angel and Buffy as Faith and Dollhouse as Echo. This is not a Joss Whedon show though and I just read that she turned down a Faith spin off to star in Tru Calling.
Eliza plays Tru Davies who is a wannabe medical student who works in the morgue and discovers that when a corpse asks her for help that she repeats days to change their fate.
This ran from 2003 − 2005 and had two seasons (the second only 6 episodes, the first 20). The second season was never shown on TV in the UK so I only got the chance to see it on DVD.
Looking at the cast list now I see a lot of familiar names, A.J. Cook – Criminal Minds (JJ), Matt ‘White Collar’ Bomer, Jason ’Beverly Hills 90210’ Priestly and Zach ‘The Hangover’ Galifianakis.
A few stand out episodes here.
Putting Out Fires – Season 1 Episode 2
Tru tries to save a young firefighter who died saving a child.
Brother’s Keeper – Season 1 Episode 3
This time it’s Tru’s brother who asks for help.
Haunted – Season 1 Episode 5
Medical students performing dangerous experiments – reminds me of Flatliners.
The Longest Day – Season 1 Episode 11
Tru’s Groundhog Day – each repeated day someone different dies – will Tru get out of the loop and solve what she needs to.
And a quick nod to True Blood
Interestingly for a vampire fan I’m still not 100% sure about True Blood and am now a season behind. I have bought some of the books the series is based on but not read them yet. This is darker in tone than most shows I watch and the opening credits freak me out.
So which is it for you, werewolves, vampires or day repeaters?
- V is for…
For a long time I have been interested in/fascinated by Vampires.
I’m pretty sure it started with reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula at school.
The original Buffy the Vampire Slayer film at the cinema might have been next, in Nov 1992 when I was 14 and the price of a cinema ticket was £1.95!!!!!
The Gary Oldman version of Dracula also came out that year but I was a bit young to have seen it in the cinema (and I have no ticket!).
However I have a feeling I had seen The Lost Boys on TV before this (it was released in 1987). I’m guessing I may had stayed up late without permission.
to watch it (naughty).
This film has one of my all time favourite lines in it: It’s a bit rude so I’m linking to the imdb quote.
In fact this is still one of my all time favourite films.
I also remember seeing a kid’s TV series ‘The Little Vampire‘ based on books by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg. This was dubbed and I’m pretty sure I quite liked the idea of a flying cape!
I read ‘The Secret Vampire’ by L. J. Smith. It came out in 96/97 and I reckon I probably bought it from a small bookshop in Barmouth in North Wales (the best store bar Woolworths that they had there when I was visiting my grandparents). I would have been at university at the time and so it was likely to have inspired the vampire novel idea I had but have yet to complete. [The ending of this book came to me in a dream in about 98 and I have written some of it but am no-where near finished – I do plan to finish it and would like to print myself off a copy from somewhere even if that’s as far as it goes].
I was pleasantly surprised more recently to find out that ‘The Secret Vampire’ was actually the first book in a series, called The Night World. Currently there are nine books with the tenth and final book due out next year (I am itching to read it).
Weirdly I thought I had read this at a much younger age.
In Jan 1995 I went to see Interview with a Vampire (I have a number of the books which I still have yet to read). I was so impressed with Kirsten Dunst’s performance in this as an old soul in such a young body. I still cry every time I watch this film.
When Buffy the Vampire Slayer the series started in 1997 I was well and truly hooked… Though much of this has to do with the genius of Joss Whedon (see my J is for… Post) to find out more about my love for BTVS and Angel.
And then there’s Blade and From Dusk to Dawn and Near Dark and Let the Right One In, which are a lot more bloody and violent than I usually like my vampires to be but I enjoyed these too.
Much more recently is of course the Twilight series. I read the books before the films came out. Oddly enough though I am on Team Jacob (Werewolf) and not Team Edward (Vampire). Jacob generally makes Bella seem happier.
I’ve got a number of vampire book series ready to read (more about them on my Y is for… Post).
Then finally there are the three current TV series, Being Human (end of series 3, How could they?), True Blood (very saucy vampires indeed) and The Vampire Diaries (based on a series of books by L.J. Smith) in which the very delectable Damon smoulders (below – my apologies can’t remember where I got the pic from). The books really are quite different to the series and I think they’ve done some TV tie in books (Stephen’s Diary) which I might get on Kindle when I’ve read all my thousands of ‘to read’ books.
I’m not entirely sure why vampires fascinate me so much but here are some possible reasons:
- I am a night owl and not a huge fan of the sun so can identify with this ;o) and being pale and pasty
- I’m not keen on looking in a mirror and maybe not having a reflection is appealing
- Vampires live forever – when you have a death phobia this may seem positive (however I am a vegetarian so the thought of drinking blood of even animal origin is yuck yuck yuck)
- Vampires are damn sexy – or at least they are mostly portrayed as such in film/tv
- I’m generally interested in supernatural topics
- I got interested in this topic as a teenager and I still feel like an eternal teenager!
- Honestly I don’t really understand why, I just am!
What vampire films/books/TV etc are your favourites?
Are there any I haven’t mentioned here that you would really recommend?
(I’m 100% percent sure that this is not everything vampire related that I’ve seen/read but what I could remember whilst writing this post).
And for those of you interested in Vampires too the lovely Shah over at WordsinSync has also chosen V for Vampires in the A-Z Challenge and her post can be found <a href="http://here