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On Vampire Lore

I read a lot online about how Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight sucks because it goes against vampire canon. I have to wonder how much the people who say this actually know about vampire lore. I’ve read lots of books and seen lots of movies. Just how many, I have no idea. Vampires have been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. I’ve never liked the ugly, pure evil, demonic, Nosferatu types. Yep, it’s a demon. Clearly we’re not letting that one in. Stake it if you can. A little too straight forward and blunt for me. I’m not a fan of horror for horror’s sake. For me it’s always been about the sexy ones. That’s where the true terror is. Demons who are good-looking, to whom you might be attracted, with whom you might be friends, who might just kill you, now that’s scary to me. It gives me more to think about. There just tends to be more story there.

Already we are talking about two very different types of vampires. How can canon reconcile this? To understand this I think you have to understand a bit about the history of vampire lore.

In the beginning, vampires were generally undead, walking corpses bent on stealing your life force, usually blood. Most cultures have some form of vampire legend. According to Wikipedia the term vampire did not become popular until the early 18th Century though. At that time there was an increase in vampire superstition in Western Europe from places in Eastern Europe where vampire legends were frequent, such as The Balkans.

Different traditions say different things. The vampire might be a soul not at rest who rises from the grave to cause mischief. It might be a person who made a pact with a sorcerer or witch, trading their soul for immortality or some such thing. It might also be the sorcerer or witch him- or herself. This is what people really thought back in the day. It is largely thought that because graves weren’t marked incredibly well that when bodies were exposed, either through the digging of the new grave or by animals digging, people thought they were seeing vampires who had left their graves. During decomposition hair and nails appear to grow. It’s really just the skin receding, but it gives the appearance of growth, giving anyone not educated in these matters thoughts of the ‘living dead’. Furthermore, gases bloating the body and fluids escaping through the mouth give the impression of the belly being full, having feasted on flesh or blood. Worse yet, the death shroud, being exposed to these fluids, would have been eaten by microbes first, giving the appearance that the corpse itself ate the shroud.

Pretty gruesome stuff, huh? At least it makes sense how we got the whole image of vampires as ugly demons. What about the sexy vampire though? Where does that come from?

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July 13, 2009 Posted by | Essays, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

The Host

You asked for it, ArtisticPhilosopher, and you got it. Here’s my blog entry about The Host, by Stephenie Meyer. I figure I can blog about other SMeyer works on my All-Twi-All-The-Time blog. My blog, my rules, and I say it’s close enough.

(courtesy of StephenieMeyer.com)

(courtesy of StephenieMeyer.com)

It had been nearly a year since I read The Host, so I reread it. What the heck. It’s not like I have the money for new books at the mo’. By the way, this is the only non-series book I ever gave a second read. I’ve read Harry Potter and Twilight four times each.

Let’s start with the cover. Read on if you don’t mind a few spoilers…

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June 11, 2009 Posted by | Essays, Stephenie Meyer | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Feminist Male College Graduate: Chapter 3

My friend Benjamin Wheeler has been busy. He’s read Chapters 3 & 4 of Twilight while I was off gaming this weekend. I’ll try to catch up as succinctly as possible.

Part of the reason I wanted to read this book was to see if my perspective as a man would offer a different reading than the women I’ve spoken with who’ve read the book have had.

Part of the reason? What were you other reasons? Just curious. Are you a vampire fan? Is it because everyone’s reading it and you want to see what the fuss is about? Is it because everyone’s reading it and you don’t want to be left out? Did your girl say, “Twilight has changed my life forever and you will never understand me again if you don’t read it.”? Again, just curious. My Twi-friends and I have been wondering what goes into the creation of a Unicorn. Many would love to turn their husbands and boyfriends.

Now, I’m still very early in the book, but I’m finding myself actually liking Bella, both as a character and as a narrator, but, oh God, I cannot stand this Edward guy.

Good, I’m glad you’re liking Bella more. I’m reading The Dresden Files right now. I’m on Book 4 and have decided I don’t like Dresden very much. These books are also told in the first person. It’s miserable being in the head of someone you don’t really like. Thank goodness a new Sookie Stackhouse book comes out Tuesday, and I can go to my safe place. As for Edward, I can’t help you out there. I imagine you love him at times, hate him at others. Well, really all the characters try you patience at times. They’re really wonderfully flawed, the lot of them.

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May 3, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Essays, Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer, Twi-blogs, Twilight | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Thoughts On The New Moon Cast

I’ve been mulling this over for a few days now. Here’s where I am so far.

Michael Sheen as Aro – Ok, yeah. Why not. I really hope he isn’t getting paid what amounts to about $7.3M for it because that means he’s either seriously overpaid or Aro is in more than one or two scenes. Or it could be what he’s getting paid to appear in any future Twilight films, too. Still too much, if you ask me, but it would make me feel better. Or maybe we see him in the form of Alice’s visions, as well as actual scenes. Still seems like too much. Anyway, Michael Sheen is great in everything he does (I have not seen Rise of the Lycans, mind you). Really great.  I hope everyone doing scenes with him is up to the task. You can expect that he’ll steal the scene, but for Aro to really be as creepy as he needs to be the others around him will need to react accordingly.

Dakota Fanning as Jane – I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. I think she’ll be great. She’ll do a lot for the movie, and I hope the movie does a lot for her. We’ll get a little dose of Bad Dakota to ease us into her adult roles.

Daniel Cudmore as Felix – Bella described him as, “very big, tall and thick.” She compared him to Emmett. Anyone who could play Colossus in the Marvel universe definitely fits the bill. I’m sure he’ll be appropriately menacing.

Charlie Bewley as Demetri – I have no information on Charlie, but then we hardly have any info on Demetri either. And Charlie is awfully nice to look at so Thumbs Up, for now.

Christopher Heyerdahl as Marcus – He looks familiar to me but looking at IMDB I don’t see anything of his I would have seen except 21 Jump Street. So, I don’t have much to go on here either. I’m sure he’ll be fine at standing there and looking bored, if somewhat scary.

Noot Seear as Heidi– She is certainly gorgeous and statuesque enough.

Graham Greene as Harry Clearwater – Yea! I love him in everything he does. If he couldn’t play Billy Black (he’s who I pictured) I’m glad we’ll see him as Harry. I know he’ll bring new depth to Harry. Now if we could just get Tantoo Cardinal for Sue Clearwater!

Cameron Bright as Alec – Truly chilling. Did you see this kid in Birth? It was weeks before I got the creepiness off me. This might be the best casting choice from the new cast list.

April 18, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Essays, New Moon | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Why Bella Isn’t Weak

All over the internet I run into articles complaining about Twilight, saying it sets a terrible example for young girls because the heroine, Bella Swan, is so weak. I was shocked when I first read this, and continue to be shocked that so many people seem to agree. So here’s me, going to bat for Bella.

The first thing we learned about Bella was that she was a survivor and she was inventive. She did not wallow in self-pity for having a flighty mom. She took over those aspects of life that Renee was not managing, even going so far as to look after Renee. This created a Bella who is wise beyond her years. When Renee remarried, she was able to look at the situation from a more adult point of view. She saw that Renee would be more miserable away from Phil than she herself would be in Forks for less than a year (until she was 18 and could live on her own), so she proposed the move and made the arrangements. Because of this take charge attitude and ability to rise to the top in a difficult situation, Bella had already lived a human adult life, in a way, so would not missing much in that regard by becoming vampire. She was not throwing away her life to be with her boyfriend forever. She had lived her life and paved the way to make her dreams come true on her own.

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April 17, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Edward Cullen, Essays, New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Twilight Helps Kids Learn

Ok, so anything that gets kids’ interest can help them learn something, but this post is about Twilight. I had a lovely conversation with my niece ‘Peanut’ today. We talked mostly about Twilight because we’re both crazy obsessed. She’s 13, so it’s OK, but me you clearly have to worry about. LOL!

Anyway, she was telling me how she’s the most obsessed at school, but she does have this one friend who is pretty into it. They were lab partners during the same lab that Edward and Bella first did together. They remembered the scene from the book/movie and were actually excited about doing this lab in school. They aced it. In another class they learned about Spanish Influenza. You can imagine they were pretty interested in that, too. The point is that Twilight made a connection to something in real life that might never have interested these two girls, and they took notice. Not only did they take notice but they got better grades than they might have normally. Twilight Moms take notice!

April 13, 2009 Posted by | Essays, Twilight, Twilight Moms, Twilighters | , , , , , | 3 Comments

A Blog Roll Please: Pillow Biters

Pillow Biters is another blog that has been on my Blog Roll for a while that may have gotten lost. They commented on my About page today, which lead me back to their site where I found that they linked to me. Thanks again Pillow Biters!

If you haven’t found this fun site in your wanderings, you should head over there. Aside from having a hilarious Twi-related name, there’s stuff like this there.

Coming to a RobCrotch video near you

Coming to a RobCrotch video near you

But wait! There’s more! Click here for the whole shebang.

How could I not love Pillow Biters? They consider me “Breaking Headboard” Worthy! *blush*

Edit: If the photos no longer load at the other link, try here.

April 3, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Essays, Twi-blogs, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

A Blog Roll Please: Twilighters Anonymous

Twilighters Anonymous has been on my Blog Roll for a while, but I’m updating the link. Now when you click on their link you will be taken straight to their lovely New Moon Set photo album. You can navigate anywhere you like from there. I’m guessing this is what we’re all looking for at the mo’ so there you have it.

TA, you’ve don’t a wonderful job collecting all these photos! Thank you!

April 3, 2009 Posted by | Essays, New Moon, Twi-blogs, Twilighters | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

April Fools

Don’t believe everything you read online, especially on April Fool’s Day. Steph is alive and well, and apparently not writing any “scripts, sequels, or collaborations.” I believe that means she has not announced anywhere on the web that she is finishing Midnight Sun.

April 1, 2009 Posted by | Essays, Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight | , , | 1 Comment

New Moon Posters

I’ve seen a ton of blogs with fanmade movie posters for New Moon lately. I’ve enjoyed this thoroughly. There are some incredibly talented Twilighters out there.

So here is what the professional brought to ShoWest:

See what the amateurs are bringing to the internet after the jump.

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April 1, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Essays, New Moon, Twi-Media, Twilight, Twilighters, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments