It’s all vampires, all the time today. Which is not that different than any other day in my office, but still…
- Trailer is up for “Let Me In, the U.S. remake of “Let The Right One In.” As if I wasn’t still having nightmares from the original.
- BLOOD OATH mentioned in SmarterTravel.com’s round-up of summer reading. Also, new reviews at The Ya Ya Yas, Sarah’s Book Journal, the Novel Bookworm, and Mondo Vampire.
- Vampire causes car crash in Colorado.
- Kurt Busiek and Daryl Gregory (author of the outstanding Devil’s Alphabet) put Dracula in the scariest environment of all: corporate America.
- And oh, right, there’s some kind of teen vampire flick opening this weekend. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it’s going to be big.
“Vampires used to be rooted in the past, representing something primitive; now they are about modern culture, living in cities, listening to punk music, embracing technology. Some are even female, and vegetarian.”
George claims that change reflects the fact that vampire stories mirror the anxieties embedded in modern-day culture. “Vampires teach us to come to terms with our desires and the fact we have a darker side,” she says. “In the 1980s, a lot of vampire films and books tackled disease and corruption – it was a way of talking about Aids. Vampires are used to bring up things we don’t want to talk about.”
… In a bid to make the most of that interest, George is launching, in September, what seems to be the world’s first master’s degree in vampire literature. “In the months I’ve been planning the conference I’ve fielded a huge number of inquiries from people all over the world who are interested in studying vampires, zombies and the undead at a higher level,” she says.
Sounds like a pretty great conference, actually. But even I’m not sure how this could possibly get you a job, and I write about vampires for a living.
My buddy Borys Kit (AKA Borys From Canada) has the scoop on a director for a new Dracula project, The Last Voyage of the Demeter. It takes my favorite segment of Bram Stoker’s Dracula — the section where Drac is transported from Transylvania onboard a ship, snacking on the crew as he goes — and plays it out over the whole of one movie. Hell yes, I’d see that.
Congratulations to Seth Grahame-Smith, currently burning up the charts with his alt-historical novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The novel has just been optioned by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov. According to the story (also by Borys), the directors spent their own money on the project, rather than a studio’s, which is fairly rare in Hollywood. That should tell you they’re serious.
The latest issue of Image Comics’ series Chew — about a detective who gets psychic clues from anything he eats — came out this week. The description is simply, “WTF, Vampires?” And apparently vampires can be photographed. Or at least the actors who play them.
“Blood Oath is exactly how I like my Presidential thrillers. With vampires.”
This is seriously the greatest thing I’ve seen in days:
Someone needs to turn this into a T-shirt, stat.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Vampire Flick ‘New Moon’ Posts Biggest Opening Weekend of 2009
The vampire and werewolf movie “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” posted the biggest opening of the year, taking in $140.7 million in North America — but fell short of the all-time crown.
The Summit Entertainment film’s box office take was the third-largest on record for a movie in its opening weekend. It bested all of the “Harry Potter” films, and only Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight” ($158.4 million) and Sony’s “Spider-Man 3″ ($151.1 million), have made more in a single weekend in North America.
What amuses me about this is remembering what someone in the entertainment industry told me two years ago: “Vampires are over. Nobody wants to see them anymore.”