Monday, July 6, 2009

Vampires

Ever since I was a little kid I've been fascinated by vampires. Recently with Twilight (and I did read the first two books) my love of vampires was slightly damaged. But god damn it I recently purchased the first season of True Blood and boom love of vampires is back. With the resurgence I thought I would take the time and look back at some of the vampires that I have loved, and what better way to begin than with the two vampires that started it all.

Duckula was a British cartoon that I watched religiously. The main character was a vampire who was a duck and through a mix up in his resurrection he is reborn as a vegetarian. Along with his two keepers Nanny and Igor this is just a really funny cartoon that started to plant the seeds for my vampire obsession. It helps that this was a spin off of another favorite cartoon of mine Danger Mouse and had a similar sense of humor, also if you can track it down the theme song it's damn catchy.

Little Dracula's First Bite was a book that my mother got for me as it was in a bargin bin. Little did she now what she was creating. The book itself has a good sense of humor but it is pretty damn dark. In it Little Dracula tries to bite his first victim but instead bites a statue. Yes there are victims in this book and slaves and torture. See what I mean by a dark story anyway these two hallmarks of vampiredom lead me to an intersting childhood story.

When I was around 5/6 years old my mum took me on a awesome trip to England to visit relatives with a short stop on the way back to America to see Disneyland and Universal Studios. At Universal Studio mum and I stopped for some lunch however I got carried away thanks to a large crowd. Lost I did the only logical thing a child could do, I went up to Frankenstein's monster and told him I lost my mother and I needed help. Staying completely in character he grabbed my hand a took me to his friend. You may recognize him.
Would you trust this man with your child?
Okay maybe not Bela Lugosi but Dracula. Also staying in character he took me to the lost and found where my mum was waiting. But let me put this in perspective of a child. DRACULA HELPED ME FIND MY MOTHER. How could I not love vampires after that. This was the final nail in the coffin and forever more was I a vampire fan.

Growing up it has always been interesting to see how Vampires changed and what media they infiltrated. Of late I tried to get into the world of Twilight and to a certain extent with the books I convinced myself I was but I realized that this is for teenage girls and the vampires I like are more in the vein (yes I know) of those from Near Dark and 30 Days of Night.

Let me introduce you to Jesse, Mae, Severen, Diamondback and Homer. These vampires are seriously screwed, vicious as hell and one of the closest nit families you will find on film. With Anne Rice being shoved down my throat and most vampires being shown in a romantic light it was great to find this movie. While I will admit there are romantic elements to the movie, especially the relationship between Mae and Caleb it really did amp up the predator side of vampires.

But when it comes to predator like vampires there is a comic which drove me completely wild. 30 Days of Night was just a great comic that used the art to excellent effect. It really envoked the predatory nature of vampires, this particular kind of vampire did not give one iota for humanity or lack there of. The movie was also great as it kept the idea behind the vampires intact and didn't try to humanise them. If I ever meet anyone who is also a big fan of vampires I recommend this immediately.

Finally I have to give a few words to Vampire The Masquerade probably my favorite role playing game produced by White Wolf. This game mines quite the history of vampires and offers players a choice of the romantic type, the predator type, the insane type, so many choices and yet it all blends together so well. It's a shame that the world was destroyed but good things can't last forever. Still long live the Malkavs.

Anyway that was just a brief look on the vampires that i've loved yet there are many many more. I would recommend the series True Blood to people cause it's bloody as hell, sexy and full of supernatural things including of course vampires. Anyway from the heights of the Transylvania Mountains to the quiet roads of Nevada I bid you good night.

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