Thursday, January 5, 2012

I Tawt I Taw a Vwampire Part II

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)?
or removable?
(picture from VampFangs) custom fit.

Let's not forget the vampire/blood bars:



Books:
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.

Movies:
'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?



TV:
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!

LHR

20 comments:

The Desert Rocks said...

Donna you write great blogs but you can have all the vampires. I agree Hugh Jackman distracted me when I watched Van Helsing and Bela Lugosi was pretty cool but the rest of it is just plain icky. Sorry. Hugs.

Donna Yates said...

Surprisingly, I find most of it icky too, but I love delving into what's popular and why. Thanks for commenting.

Angie said...

I love this post!!! Than again, I love everything vampire related... From my own necklace filled with blood to a coffin shaped bed (want so badly.) I also love both real and fictional vampires, historic and modern. I can't wait for part III!

Donna Yates said...

Thank you, Ange. You are so sweet with your comment. A coffin shaped bed? Hmmm.

Barbara said...

I’m so impressed with all the information in your posts; it must take you an age to put it all together. I Love Johnny Depp and am already looking forward to the remake of Dark Shadow, I’m also looking forward to your roundup of the best vampire books.

Donna Yates said...

Barbara, thank you for noticing! Since I don't know that much about vampires, you are right. The posts take a long time. But I do love learning and I've been so curious about this. Interesting, isn't it?

Kate said...

Great Vampire roundup, sounds like we are both Vampire nerds. However, I'm very much in the Buffy camp. I have a Tumblr blog just dedicated to Vampires. I really liked the UK version of Being Human, but I haven't seen the US version yet.

Donna Yates said...

Kate, this isn't the first thing we have in common. Interesting. Thank you for commenting.

Beth said...

Well, you know I like vampires...there's something sensual about them, the way they seduce you. Of course, I like how they are portrayed as being "nice", loving to some human, not the nasty ones of yore.

Nice post.

Donna Yates said...

Beth, thank you for your comment. Like you, I prefer the nicer ones.

Mike said...

My wife is obsessed with Buffy . . . and pretty much anything from Joss Whedon. Actually, I think she's obsessed with Joss Whedon himself!

Donna Yates said...

Alas, Mike, that can surely happen. I never could get into Buffy much. Thank you for commenting.

Fairday Morrow said...

I love Interview with a Vampire! I am a big Anne Rice fan! Her books are amazing. I also enjoyed all the Twilight books and movies. I have never seen Draculaw with Winona Ryder- so I have to see it! Thanks for sharing!!

~Jess
http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com

Donna Yates said...

Thank you for your comment. I so love your blog. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

Pk Hrezo said...

Oh wow!! That new Johnny Depp remake sounds great.
Gary Oldman is my all time fave actor too. Him as Dracula was smashing.
Vampires have been around forever... like fairy tales. But it wasn't til Bram Stoker wrote Dracula that they became a phenomonon. Absolute genius!!

Donna Yates said...

PK, thank you for your comment. I just love Gary Oldman, but I'm afraid I'd have trouble with the ending. I think our fairy tales and legends will be around forever.

Joleene Naylor said...

i am SOOOOO looking forward to the new dark shadows! I used to watch the original on sci-fi channel back in the 90's (also watched the early 90's reboot).

I have never seen Love at first bite - but ha ha! That clip made me laugh. I'll have to look for it on netflix :)

Interview with a vampire. Love that one! And yeah, in Van Helsing the vampire wasn't the main attraction for a change ;) hee-hee!!

Donna Yates said...

Joleene, thank you for your comment. Love at First Bite is pretty funny. I grew up watching Dark Shadows. All the women loved it. Hugh Jackman did so well at Wolverine, why not try a vampire now?

Kelly Hashway said...

Dark Shadows! Love it! I'm so excited for the movie.

Donna Yates said...

Kelly, thank you for your comment. So many are waiting for this movie. Johnny Depp will be great in it, I think.