Who can really say when vampire legends began? The one thing we do know is most cultures have vampires in one form or another. Vampire legends really took hold after the 18th century. It wasn't until the late 20th century vampires began to change. Instead of fearing them, books, movies, TVs began to show a different side of them.
What if you soooooooooo want vampire fangs? Would you want permanent (implants)?
(picture from VampFangs) custom fit.
Let's not forget the vampire/blood bars:
I mentioned last time Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. Another vampire writer is Anne Rice. Her Vampire Chronicles' are still being read by vampire enthusiasts.
There are quite a few classical poems written about vampires. 'The Giaour' written by Lord Byron is a tale in poetic form:
But first, on earth as vampire sent,
Thy corse shall from its tomb be rent:
Then ghastly haunt thy native place,
And suck the blood of all thy race;
Of course, we don't want to leave Stephanie Meyer's 'Twilight' series out of this. There are so many authors, some famous, many unknown. Amazon lists over 1500! Today, a lot of new writers are intrigued by vampires and so write books about them. Most aren't worth the time. But there are some who've written great stories. In the third part of my vampire series, I will do a review on my absolute favorite vampire writer today.
'Nosferatu' was one of the first as well as Bela Lugosi's 'Dracula'
'Interview with the Vampire' is a top vampire movie. Here's a pic from the Tom Cruise movie:
One of my all-time favorite actors, Gary Oldmam (Sirius Black, among other characters) starred in a Bram Stoker's version of 'Dracula' with Winona Ryder. I have never been able to watch this because of the sad ending.
But - Yummy!
The Twilight movies. I have enjoyed watching them.
One of my favorite vampire movies was a humorous take starring George Hamilton in this unique role:
My absolute all time favorite? Phh. My friends who know me well should be able to guess this one. So Easy. 'Van Helsing' starring Hugh Jackman. Who wouldn't want to see this?! Richard Roxburgh played a sensuous Dracula, but who could see him when Hugh Jackman was in the scene?
Finally, we must look at TV shows.
In the 1960's 'Dark Shadows' was a hit show. Johnny Depp is doing a movie remake of this soap opera:
Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was another. Let's not forget Sesame Street's Count, who, well, counted.
Currently there are three very popular shows:
There a many fans of 'True Blood', which is very popular, and others who are fans of
The Vampire Diaries.
And my favorite: The US takeoff of Britain's 'Being Human.'
I can't wait. The new season starts Jan 16.
Whew. Now I'm too afraid to be alone. S.c.a.r.y s.t.u.f.f.
You won't want to miss Part III as I introduce the best vampire books ever!