4 Feb

Guest Bloggery: Talkin’ vampires at Geek Force Five

Posted by Bryan White | Wednesday February 4, 2009 | Blogospherics

It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to kick it live over here and somewhere else, but Chris Clark, the obsessives obsessive, tapped me to chatter on the topic of the modern vampire in the wake of True Blood and Twilight since vampires are among this week’s Five at his blog, Geek Force Five. Here’s a taste:

Being the analytical horror buff that I happen to be, a guy who believes that the cultural value of the genre is much higher than most are willing to appraise it at, I have a tendency to see the trends and think about them on a deeper level.  For a while, I was pondering the popularity of zombies until all of a sudden I couldn’t help but notice that I was surrounded by the high drama of waifish vampires once again. My wife, Denise, obsessively burned through the now-iconic Stephenie Meyer Twilight series and then picked up on the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse novels now on television under the title True Blood. Since she was neck-deep in the undead, vampires became a regular topic of conversation as I sought to find my way to the bottom of this fashionable new wave of vampire fiction.  The staggering success of the Twilight feature and a trip through the young adult section at Barnes & Noble only cemented my suspicion that vampires were here to stay, at least for a while. But upon examination, I’m unable to deny that this is a new breed of vampire. One that I’m unfamiliar with, entirely.

Read the whole freakin’ article at Geek Force Five

1 Comment 

  1. February 4, 2009 6:38 pm

    Jeremy Couturier

    Well written piece and dead on in my opinion.
    I am not a huge fan of the current vampire phase. I found it very telling that Stephen King would slam Myer’s so publicly as being a hack. Since Dawson’s Creek aired there seems to be this trend of pretty, self-absorbed, pretentious kids inhabiting these books and tv shows that seem so popular these days. Clint Eastwood made some comment in Esquire magazine about the emergence of the pussy generation. I think the vampire has now become a part of that, where he could be easily mistaken for the emo dude on his way to get his locks frosted or whatever the hell they do. Even when Buffy and Angel were around there was at least some air of the vampire as the beast that reveled in the bloodlust. They were what they were….vampires, creatures of the night. True Blood seems to be taking a better path and more logical path and I do enjoy this show. It’s certainly aimed at more mature adult audience. I say let monsters be monsters…don’t compromise what has made them attractive for so very long.


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