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2009: The Year of The Vampire

For as far back as I can recall, which, thanks to the decided lack of sleep I now get isn't all that far, there has always been an epic vampire movie to sink your proverbial teeth into (that, my friends, is a vampire joke). When I was younger, I watched Tom Cruise in Ann Rice's Interview With A Vampire and lusted over a young Brad Pitt and anxiously awaited a sequel that never quite came.

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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  • Steph the WonderWorrier 2009/12/31 00:21:02
    Steph the WonderWorrier
    +3
    Agreed. I haven't been watching this much vampire stuff since I was Buffy fan in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Now it's Twilight and Vampire Diairies and True Blood -- movies, books, TV... and when I went to Chapters to buy my boyfriend's sister a book from the YA section, it was ALL Vampire Series'. Totally unknown, overshadowed by Twilight, Vampire Series', but there they were!

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  • Jessica 2010/04/19 02:35:50
    Jessica


    This movie is my # 1 fav!!!!
    R.I.P. Corey Haim

    Corey Haim was an amazing actor. I grew up watching his films. He lost his way and was never afraid to admit it. He was soo lonely in the end. Me and a friend of mine are starting a non-profit foundation to help people with these same problems and adictions. We have come pretty far along to get this off the ground. We have spoke with many important people that knew Corey. So if you were interested in helping out and taking a stand to help others join us problems adictions pretty ground spoke important people corey helping join


    here is Jenn's blog ( the mastermind behind the foundation)
    http://gypsyjenn.wordpress.com/
  • Dean 2010/04/14 21:22:19
    Dean
    I don't know exactly what age it was but as far back as I can remember I have always been fasinated or intrigued by vampires. I didn't get into all the other monsters or creatures of the gothic or dark side but something about vampires keep pulling me to watch and read about over and over. Now adays they are making them as if they could be walking among and interacting with us so realistically I find myselt looking at people a bit differently now as if.. could it be.. are you one ? AND As there are good and bad in humans of all races there are Im sure good and bad in the Vampire Realm but I think if I was turned it would somehow make my life a whole lot simplier and easier to deal with in many ways, not to say there are sacrifices you would have to make but then don't we do that every day now as mere mortals. Without any rewards most the time!
  • Kazenra 2010/01/06 16:13:55
    Kazenra
    Ah twilight, how I hate thee. I have read the books, they started off okay, they ended badly. They made Bella into a Mary sue and they made the ending too perfect! Someone needed to die damnit! There should have been an epic battle but there wasn't! Damn you Stephanie!

    And they SO chose the wrong guy to play Edward in the movie, he may have a certain....look about him >_> but that look definitely aint the pretty kind. Vampires are more sexy like that, shame on you film makers!

    I do agree tho, this is definitely the year of the vampire. I can't remember the last time there was so much hype on the damn beings!

    sexy shame film tho year vampire remember hype damn beings
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  • Steph the WonderWorrier 2009/12/31 00:21:02
    Steph the WonderWorrier
    +3
    Agreed. I haven't been watching this much vampire stuff since I was Buffy fan in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Now it's Twilight and Vampire Diairies and True Blood -- movies, books, TV... and when I went to Chapters to buy my boyfriend's sister a book from the YA section, it was ALL Vampire Series'. Totally unknown, overshadowed by Twilight, Vampire Series', but there they were!
  • Becky S... Steph t... 2010/01/04 12:55:00
    Becky Sherrick Harks
    I'd TOTALLY forgotten those!
  • Feria~Badass of PHAET~ 2009/12/30 18:46:18
    Feria~Badass of PHAET~
    ... Theres vampires in Twilight? I thought those were faries.

    Sorry, but they just... don't scream vampire to me.
  • wolfsan11 2009/12/30 17:40:52
    wolfsan11
    +1
    For shame.
    This is the year of the Grim Reaper
  • • ♥Lucy-Fer♥ ♦The Woman♦ • 2009/12/30 17:28:11 (edited)
    • ♥Lucy-Fer♥ ♦The Woman♦ •
    +2
    Except for the fact that Smeyer's "Vampires" are not really Vampires.

    I mark this year the Year of Death.
  • Baggins ~IMBIT~ 2009/12/30 15:53:11
    Baggins ~IMBIT~
    +1
    I admit, I love vampires and vampire novels - but this Twilight business just get's me down. I can't stand those books (and yes, I have actually read them) and think Pattinson's bloody ugly (so seeing his mug pasted all over the place isn't such a nice ting for me).

    I was amused to realise that the new TV series, Vampire Diaries, is based on the books I read when I was 12 (and I'm now 27, go figure) and that the Night World series is having a new upswing in interest (again, because I read that series when I was 12) - L.J.Smith is doing rather well out of this Twilight spawning.
  • Lady-DeathBright 2009/12/30 08:42:20
    Lady-DeathBright
    Oh!
    I used to love the Lost Boys!
  • RJ 2009/12/30 04:52:09
    RJ
    +1
    Becky, I agree with you - and 2010 will probably be the year of the werewolf.

    I hope that 2010 will be the year some of your correspondents stop ignoring the spell checker built in to these fabulous comment forms. The word is "lore." And "illusion." And "it's" (contraction of "it is") not "its" (the possessive of it). Also, "gnashing" not "nashing." "Incisors" not "ensisors." There's a really good reason these words have red lines under them when you type them. When you ignore them, you distract the reader from your point.

    Sorry, Becks - sometimes I just can't help myself. And yes, I do have a stick up my ass. :-)
  • Lady-De... RJ 2009/12/30 08:42:51
    Lady-DeathBright
    It be a nice change from vampires.
  • Heather 2009/12/30 02:05:14
    Heather
    +1
    How true Becky! Those of us who love the vampire loar how been bombarded this year (& I LOVE IT)
  • Becky S... Heather 2009/12/30 02:18:36
    Becky Sherrick Harks
    I've got a hankering to see Blade now.
  • fairiefang -annoying fashio... 2009/12/29 23:39:43
    fairiefang -annoying fashion snobs everywhere-
    +1
    I'm still saddened by how Twilight has ruined the vampire name!

    Vampires will always be my every year thing! I'm not talking about that sparkly crap...
  • Becky S... fairief... 2009/12/30 02:21:31
    Becky Sherrick Harks
    +1
    I wondered how die-hard vampire fans felt about that. I haven't seen any of the Twilight stuff yet.
  • fairief... Becky S... 2009/12/30 03:13:28
    fairiefang -annoying fashion snobs everywhere-
    Yeah, most of us real vamp lovers don't think very highly of Twilight.
  • Dean 2009/12/29 23:07:06
    Dean
    I agree, I think 2009 was the year where the "undead" came back to life as it were. It seems this group has waves of popularity. They are either HOT or not.. and when they are.. it goes ALL out in every direction. I like the way they are making them more realistic and believable to exist now rather than just scary and gory and animal like as the norm is. I am not saying you will be seeing them walk amongst us on the street and at work any time soon ... but then .. who is to say they don't already. After all they have existed all these centuries by mind control and elusions and trick of the eye movements so.. who really knows. ???????
  • Becky S... Dean 2009/12/30 02:23:00
    Becky Sherrick Harks
    When I was researching vampires, I was shocked by how far back the vampire folklore went. I had no idea.

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