2009: The Year of The Vampire
- 2009/12/29 16:37:57
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Bram Stoker's Dracula had me spell-bound and captivated, if not slightly confused, and The Lost Boys put The Two Corey's solidly onto my map (where, now they've fallen clearly off). The Blade movies are also wicked awesome and probably my favorite vampire movies because the action sequences are incredibly intense.
Vampires have appeared in ancient folklore for centuries and made their first appearance in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1734. The description of the sophisticated vampire that modern fiction portrays was born with the novel The Vampyre by John Polidori published in 1819. It's Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula, though, that most people consider the first vampire novel.
Although, I'd venture to guess that with the release of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series and the subsequent movies, that Dracula may have some competition for most well-known vampire novel. Because while vampire movies and books have always been around, never has vampire mania swept the nation so thoroughly. It's like the Beatles, except, uh, un-dead.
Everywhere I look, it's spawned more movies, different television series, more books, merchandise. I can't walk five feet out of my house without running into a life-sized poster of Rob Pattinson's un-dead head. It's a good thing he's so attractive.
So while others may call it the year of SuBo or the year of Jon and Kate, I'm going to mark 2009 as the year of the vampire.
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