15 November 2010

Vampires - Back in Love

I've been meaning to talk on this subject for a while now and sense I don't want to rant about work today (I would just end up using a lot of...bad words to describe it :P ).


There are dozens upon dozens of vampire-like stories in myths across different cultures. Humans have always had a sense of fear to the unknown and, thus, told stories (via mouth) of monsters--again, many of which were vampire-like. So, you can say it's only natural to at least acknowledge such a lore.

Then came along Bram Stoker with his Dracula (the somewhat feminine vampire). He could shape-shift and had powers of seduction--you know, the regular stuff. And, viola, vampires are popular.

And then, after a while, vampires kind of faded with a bit of literature and films related to the theme but nothing dramatic, really.

Of course, like all fads, vampires have re-emerged into popularity. You know, mainly set off by Twilight--the (in my case) not real vampires because, really, what kind of vampire is a vampire who is a DIAMOND but ironically can be BROKEN by [were]wolf's teeth?? In any case, there has been an increased amount of books, mostly young adult based around vampirism.

But, let me point out this: Our youth are EMO (no offense). I mean, I'll admit I'm a fanatic for fantasy and whatnot and I think it would totally awesome for some things to be real. But, even I have my limitations. I have a few younger friends who think they're life is sooo hard because of all the hormones raging in their little teenage bodies (again, no offense) and want a way out of their "hard" life. So, they turn to the awesome world of Twilight and want to be turned into a vampire so they can meet a guy like Edward and live happily ever after (for eternity). I cry at hearing kids say this. Plus side: At least they're not talking about suicide. Down side: They want to be like Twilight vampires.

Is there anything you've seen through the recently regained popularity of vampires?? Anything you like/hate about it?

14 November 2010

The Great Disappointed Search

Here I am again at about midnight-ish where I live.

So, today, I've been thinking about zombies and that then turns me to thinking about werewolves (mainly because of me editing couple of essays of a classmate that talks of zombies). And you know, I have nothing against zombies or a zombie apocolypse but I really don't like the idea of being eaten alive. This, of course, also applies to werewolves; however, (with a co-worker's comment)  I've come more to a compromise with these mythical beasts to the sense that if (and only IF!) the werewolf only bit me once or gave a little scratch, I'd be okay with it. But, I mean, seriously...What's the changes a HUNGRY werewolf would stop at that?

Now, don't get me wrong. I may not like the idea of zombies werewolves, but I do enjoy a good fantasy movie. There are a bunch of zombie movies, as you may well be aware of, like Resident Evil (which is totally awesome). And if you go beyond the whole "physically impossible" thing about zombies, the whole idea of [American cinema based] zombie is pretty straight and narrow. Not much to screw up on, really. So, there are a bunch of good zombie movies.

However, my real problem is with a good werewolf movie. I mean, you'd think there would be a decent movie somewhere. Nope. I've watched a lot of werewolf movies I could find. Even the book that I loved and was turned into a movie, "Blood and Chocolate". The book was great for a young adult. Movie? Not so much because of having read the book first, I had high expectations and was sadly mislead. Both were EXTREMELY different and it ruined the whole plot.

I guess, really, my problem lies with the whole "shifting" part of werewolves. It's kind of hard for me to explain any better than that. It's pretty sad...

The werewolf movies I thought that were not a waste of my time:

1. Gingersnaps
2. I was a teenage werewolf (it was pretty silly)
3. The Howling
4. Silver Bullet (based on Stephen King, so what can I say?)
5. Never Cry Werewolf

Yeah, a short list for a huge disappointment. These are only based on strictly werewolf movies, because I thought it was unfair to include "partial" werewolf plots in amazing movies. Still on the prowl for a really, super amazing werewolf movie (preferably for a new one to make its way to the theatres)

A very depressing night tonight.