- 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
Sidetracked from writing to the screen last week; I finally saw New Moon. Now I felt this when Reading the books but after the somewhat dismal Twilight adaptation (Cam Giganet was very good though) New Moon was pretty good and I now commit myself fully to Team Jacob. Even though in most other avenues I like vampires, this time I say pick the werewolf. Of course, having read the books I know what happens, and I won’t approve plot spoiling comments.
I do think a certain Mr. Taylor Lautner might be swaying my decision. And though I like Mr. Pattinson, I prefer him as Cedric. As Edward he is too pained for my liking. Give me brooding over moping any day.
Should have some more Twilight merchandise arrive from Amazon today and I’ve pre-ordered the spin-off book.
And Stephanie Meyer, if you read this, which I’m sure you won’t, even though your Edward version was leaked online I’d still buy a hard copy. But, pretty please can we have a Jacob version or Jacob sequel. Thanks.