Forthcoming Vampire Films – London Times

August 17th, 2008

This article deals with vampires in the movie versions only, even if the movies mentioned were adapted from original novels.  It includes a brief chronology of vampires on film which can be a quickie refresher for those who have read any or all of the books published on this subject, and watched all the films.  Oddly, Buffy’s not mentioned.

This forthcoming film sounds interesting, so I’ll be watching out for it:

Meanwhile, although the vampire in Let the Right One In is altogether more dangerous, she symbolises as much the dark side of the human psyche as an external threat. “I was thinking about these two characters as though they are mirrors,” Alfredson, the director, says. “She is everything that he is not. She is awake when he is asleep: he is very afraid, she is very brave; she is strong, he is weak; she’s dark, he is blond. She is everything that he would need to be to survive. They are two sides of the same coin.”

The vampire craze shows no signs of abating. An English language remake of Let the Right One In has been announced. With three remaining books in the Twilight saga, there is potential for a vampire franchise. And although the Twilight books series is complete, Nash reveals that “Stephenie does have the bare bones of a chapter of a book provisionally titled Midnight Sun, which is the Twilight story but from the point of view of the vampire not the human girl”.

  Love, C.

9 Responses to “Forthcoming Vampire Films – London Times”

  1. Vivian Francison 17 Aug 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks, C.

    So, why are vampires so popular at this point in time? A reaction to previous trends? Anne Rice brought them to our attention again? Something about our culture or current events?

    Which reminds me of “Bellweather” by Connie Willis. The main character tries to figure out how trends start. I really loved that book.

  2. Constance Ashon 18 Aug 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I might have a theory, but I’m too tired to formulate a resemblence of coherence at the moment.

    Love, C.

  3. Kevin Andrew Murphyon 22 Aug 2008 at 8:16 pm

    I think it’s more a question of “When haven’t they been popular?”

    With the exception of WWII when I don’t think the media had any use for anything that wasn’t a patriotic musical (and for all I know, there may have been some patriotic musical with vampires that I missed), I don’t think you can throw a rock at any decade without hitting a swarm of bats.

    About the only novelty anyone can claim is that vampires have now stepped into the teen romance genre, but if you read Carmilla, they’ve been there for a while too.

    I think there’s a bizarre form of trendy myopia with reviewers where something has to be at the top of the A list to merit notice, and if it wasn’t at the top of the A list, it didn’t exist. B films and such don’t rank.

    For all the amazing fanbase, fine reviews, scholarship and what-have-you with Buffy (and in fact I just got another royalty statement for Seven Seasons of Buffy today), it was never on an A list network, did not receive A list ratings, and so, in the myopic eyes of trendie reviewers, did not exist. They were watching Friends and maybe The Sopranos.

    It’s the same thing with books. If you follow this mindset, the only magical children’s literature of the 20th century was The Wizard of Oz, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, and if we’re being generous, maybe The Hobbit. Everything else does not exist.

    Vampire books? Dracula, Interview and now Twilight.

    Buffy is like Dark Side of the Moon: beloved by fans, considered a “must have” by any serious critic or librarian, but by the numbers, something that never cracked #1 but has never fallen out of the top 100 either, despite years or decades passing. As such, an anomaly to the trendy myopia reviewer.

  4. Constance Ashon 23 Aug 2008 at 11:41 am

    Which Dark Side of the Moon are you referring to, Kevin? Not the Pink Floyd album, presumably. The Dark Hunter series? The Corlett novel (which I’ve never read either, or heard of until trying to figure out what you were referring to)? Something else?

    It was puzzling that Buffy never got any emmy nominations. Your explanation for that makes sense.

    Love, C.

  5. Kevin Andrew Murphyon 23 Aug 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Actually, yes, the Pink Floyd album. I’m fairly certain that it never had a single that made it to Billboard #1 (and I think their only single that did was from The Wall), but the album itself has been such a consistent seller that it’s never dropped out of the Billboard 100 album sales chart since its release.

  6. Constance Ashon 24 Aug 2008 at 3:02 pm

    O.k. That’s a most relevant observation.

    Love, C.

  7. Constance Ashon 24 Aug 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I have now read one of the Twittybint, er, Twilight, novels, and one of Charlene Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels.

    Sookie is an active agent of her own life. She’s also got charm and intelligence. She’s surrounded by characters, not sparklies. She is located in a place, with geography and history. Who she is, is part of all that. She’s worth spending a bit of time with.

    OK, to be honest her voice comes through to me as Roxy’s voice, the trailer trash young sexpot uneducated but wise wife of Army Wives — you know that magic character who is not of the same class and background as the white foregrounded protags — like the magic Negro, magic Indian, magic mentally challenged, magic homeless, etc.

    However to be fair Roxy is as much foregrounded as the other Army primary spouses of the show, whose soap operas we see detailed in every episode.

    In fact, so much do Sookie and Roxy have in common I wondered whether the authors and producers of Army Wives had read Harris’s books. It’s possible, since the first one, Dead Until Dark, came out in 2001.

    So, yes, Sookie’s pretty dayemd good, but she’s not a twittybint like emo pose Bella. Bella exists in nowhere. No one else exists either, except as name checks, and all in connection with herself. She doesn’t really recognize others at all — she lives in the Other World of aristocrats, wealth and immortality. She is Speshul, and o lordessa save us, stake her put her and everyone else out of her misery, and us from having to deal with Ms Twittybint ever again.

    Love, C.

  8. mayakdaon 11 Nov 2008 at 10:39 am

    I’ve read Let The Right One in under the title it was published recently — Let Me In. It’s a really good but emotionally harrowing book.

  9. Maureenon 15 Jun 2009 at 6:40 am

    Constance I can’t stand twilight- its vampire fiction for teens and i am a teen lol

    and by the end of the first book i wanted bella to die

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