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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 New Moon Trailer

 

I went to see The Proposal with OMB and a bunch of friends. I’m so glad the girls were with me! None of us knew the New Moon trailer was playing before the movie! Talk about involuntary SQUEE! All we needed to see was the water and the rocks. There was a collective gasp at shirtless Jacob the likes of which I haven’t heard since we first saw Cedric Diggory jump out of that tree in Goblet of Fire. The theater was packed, and just about everyone seemed excited. Even one of the guys with us said, “Whoa! What happened to him?” I kept reminding the girls, “He’s only 17. He’s only 17…” I mean clearly I didn’t need reminding, being firmly on Team Edward. Don’t worry. I let everyone know that if they didn’t calm down that Chris Hansen would be showing up. That being said, can I just say how hilarious I think it is that you hear Laurent say, “mouthwatering,” and then the next thing you see is shirtless Jacob. What a clever subliminal message. I’m just sayin’!

The preview looked even better on the big screen, especially the fur-sploding wolf. I do hope that Edward doesn’t stop at, “This is the last time you will ever see me,” and actually does say, “It will be as if I never existed,” like he’s supposed to.  But all in all New Moon looks like it may be good, definitely better than Twilight.

We were all ready to go after the preview, but were pleasantly surprised that for the price of $9.50 they were actually going to let us see a movie, too. The Proposal was a lot of fun. We expected it to be good, but it was a lot funnier than any of us expected. It’s one of those movies that when I’m flipping through the channels I know I will have to stop and watch.

June 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Trailer

Caroolee7 was the first one to come up on YouTube, so I grabbed this there.

It gives me hope.

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June 2, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart, New Moon, Robert Pattinson, Twi-Media, Twilighters | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Moon Casting Video

This is the first updated casting video for New Moon that I’ve found. Enjoy, I’m sure there will be more to follow.

(Thanks Johanne6699 for the vid)

April 18, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart, New Moon, Robert Pattinson, Twi-Media, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a 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

Interesting Story

I came across this fanfic while tag surfing for Twilight stuff. At least I hope it’s fanfic and not a cry for relationship help in fanfic clothing. It’s a Twi-related Choose Your Own Adventure story essentially. The writer gives us a dialogue set 10 years from now in which a man has just found out he’s his wife’s Jacob, not her Edward. Check it out.

March 25, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Edward Cullen, Essays, New Moon, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

I know, right?

As per usual, I’m reserving judgement until I see the movie. I don’t want to get my hopes up again, only to have them dashed. Judging by the wolf pack that has been chosen, it’s looking promising though.

Thanks to ColdTwilight.com for these pics!

Sam Uley

I really would have liked Solomon Trimble to return as Sam. Chaske Spencer looks a little young, but I’m sure his acting skills will be up to par to play Sam.

Quil Ateara

Quil is probably the one I’m worried most about. He doesn’t look at all like I pictured, but as long as the personality is right, I’ll be happy. As one Twilighter said, “He’s adorkable.”

Paul

Paul…spot on! I hope he can act, as well as looking perfect for the part.

Embry Call

Embry looks good.

Jared

Jared looks good, too, I suppose. I didn’t think he’d be Jared before, because it was said that Bronson would be a lead. Jared isn’t nearly a lead in the books.

Emily

Could they have found a more perfect Emily? I think not. Tinsel, I love your name.

March 21, 2009 Posted by | Actors, New Moon, Twi-Media | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Eclipse

My POV on Eclipse per artisticphilosopher’s request. I hope it’s what you were looking for, AP. 🙂

The Twilight Saga could be looked upon as a trilogy with its Act II split into two fairly equal parts: New Moon and Eclipse. These two stories combine to create for the Twilight Saga what The Empire Strikes Back is for the Star Wars saga. In ESB you have your small victory; the heroes are reunited after a dark period of separation. But, they have been changed by their time apart. They are more on the run than ever, and their destinies follow closely on their heels. A similar thing occurs in New Moon and Eclipse. These heroes are also separated and there is a period of darkness. The reunion in itself is a small victory, but the battle in Eclipse, though a success for these heroes, still forshadows a greater threat on the horizon. These two books together quite literally say, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” In this case that dawn would be Breaking Dawn.

I’ve previously discussed a mistake a friend of mine thought Carlisle made in Eclipse, so I will not rehash the subject of who should have thought about using whose blood when, during the battle with the newborn army. I would, however, be happy to read any comments you might have on that subject over on that particular post.

What I would like to discuss here is the odd relationship between Bella, Edward, and Jacob. It’s my favorite part of Eclipse. We know from Twilight and New Moon, that Edward and Bella cannot stay away from each other. They both know it is beyond reason, but they must be together. We also know (although you may need to read the Midnight Sun chapters for all the info) that Edward is forever changed by meeting Bella. Vampires in the Twi-verse are unchanging, unless an event of great significance happens to change them. Usually this event is meeting one’s mate (read: soulmate, or bonded pair). The Denalis show us that vampires can take lovers and not consider them their mate, and if Edward’s psychological warfare on Victoria is to be believed, James did not care for Victoria as she cared for him, so it would seem that vampire love can also be unrequited.

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March 15, 2009 Posted by | Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Essays, New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

No More Solomon?

I was very sad to read that Solomon Trimble will not be back as Sam Uley in New moon:

My agent heard from Summit Entertainment today that I will not be reprising the role of Sam in “New Moon.” While I will cherish the experience of being involved in the first film, I am looking forward to many new opportunities in the future and would like to thank everyone for their support.

If this is true, I’m sure Summit and Chris Weitz had their reasons, but I for one saw absolutely nothing wrong with Solomon. I will miss him. While I think that Bronson Pelletier is a cutie, I do hope he wasn’t cast as Sam. He doesn’t look like he could possibly be gritty enough for the role.

   Solomon Trimble, former Sam Uley       Bronson Pelletier, unknown character in New Moon

(photos thanks to Solomon’s MySpace page and Google Images)

Here’s a vid from fanpire246, too, that shows how great Solomon would have been.

March 4, 2009 Posted by | Actors, New Moon, Twi-Media | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments