The Taming Of The Vampire V””V

Today’s musings are a culmination of many thoughts and discussions that I have had with my lovely Lauren. I simply want to know this …. what is with society and it’s obsession with taming, or fixing, vampires?

Looking around at vampire culture as it stands right now I am amazed at how widely appealing vampires seem to have become over the last few years, and then I look again and see that it is not vampires as I love them, but rather a pale imitation of the darkness I fell in love with. Many people may say that Twilight is to blame with its broad appeal to young and old, and the beautiful love story beneath it, although if you ask me Twilight itself can definitely be read from a darker angle and really it is a tale of obsession that ends with the human being turned into a vampire….. but to be honest I usually stick Twilight and all its connotations in a separate pocket marked “not bad story idea”, and keep it out of my vampyric thoughts.

Twilight, however, is not really to blame as this “fixing” issue has been around for many years.  Probably first really noticeable in the Buffy series with Angel (who was always so much more appealing as Angellus) and then Spike who was the quintessential “Bad Boy” vamp until he fell in love … and “died” to save the world …. YUCK!

Then of course with TV you have the latest 3 incarnations, True Blood, Being Human (2 versions) and The Vampire Diaries.  True Blood emerged 5 years ago on HBO and was different and gritty and even referred to as “vampire porn”.  What started out with really little more than a cult following has become a huge success over the last 5 years launching careers and Alan Ball trying to push the boundaries but sadly sometimes missing the mark as boundaries are being pushed just for the sake of pushing rather than with a purpose.  Do not get me wrong though I will be there, glued to the set on June 10th, along with several million other people, a statistic that I would have thought years ago would never be mentioned in the same sentence as a vampire show.

Then you have Being Human, a small UK show that (at least for the first 3 seasons) was dark, different, and in my opinion compulsive viewing.  Of course the USA had to copy it but the remake is a pale imitation of the original which is so often the case and this will no longer be mentioned.  Back to the UK version and you get to meet some “Real” vampires.  Ivan and Daisy who I adore and who love being vampires and all that it involves, they kill, they laugh, they fight, and they dote on each other.  They love the adventure that being a vampire brings and have no love lost for humans.  Then there is Mitchell, who at his best destroys a train full of people because he has been betrayed by a human. The rawness, the loss of control, the complete abandonment to their nature, THIS is what I want to see.  Oh and we can’t forget Lauren, my lovely Lauren who rips out the throat of a pretty young blond outside a pub … because she can!

Oh and a very brief mention to The Vampire Diaries, mainly because I don’t really watch it but in the clips I have seen at least Damon seems to enjoy being a vampire so props for that but at the end of the day it is a show aimed at teenagers, so sadly I feel it will never compel me to view.

And so we move to literature and the complete flooding in the marketplace right now of vampire based fiction.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love that there are so many options out there and yes I do read pretty much all of them, including the Young Adult books which often have some of the more interesting historical ideas. But when it comes down to it I want the darkness.  Give me Laurell K Hamilton and the darkness that lives in her head, Give me Jeaniene Frost and her vampires that embrace who they are, Give me Anne Rice and her beautiful brat prince, but please, please so not ask my vampires to change.

I do not want them “Fixed”, I do not want them “Tamed”, I want them DARK, and VIOLENT, and I don’t want them being sorry about it afterwards.  I don’t want them to pine for their humanity I want them to embrace the darkness that is in essence for me what a vampire is.

Am I wrong? In reality the point it mute as society will at least move on to new things when they tire of this “fad”.  I have already been told that “Zombies” are the new vampires.  Well then little sheep go chase a zombie, although what you are going to find sexy in that is way beyond me.  Perhaps you are just looking for something to kill? Perhaps in fact society is darker in its thoughts than I am ….. now THAT is something to be scared of lol ….

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A Passion, An Addiction, And A Total Distraction! V””V

Well then followers of the page … I was in the middle of writing up this weeks summary of One Foot in the Grave for the Night Huntress Series page on Facebook when I was totally distracted by a discussion on another page I belong to about Being Human (the UK version).

The discussion started with somebody saying how they had put in Season 1 to get some screen grabs and then gotten totally distracted and ended up watching the whole thing. Which I totally understood having stopped everything just because a certain episode was on the television.  So everything was fine and then the comments started about how the show should have stayed more towards the light and that they took the “easy route” making the vampire blood thirsty.

And that was all it took to get me going.  I am always on the look out for “Wrong” opinions I can correct … be it the latest episode of True Blood (followers of mine will know that I LOVE to obsess about that), or a discussion about the history of vampires and where the legends began (Of theories there are many), What the vampire rules are (depending of course on author, legend or show), or the differences from books to TV/Movies .. I DO love to share my thoughts whether people want to hear them or not! 

Now why you may ask is this important and I have to confess in the grand scheme of things it probably isn’t but like a woman with a purpose, not understood by many I might add, off I went with a few little “thoughts” of my own.

What do they expect vampires to be like?  If they paid attention they would be aware that even as early as their happy Season 1 the vampire in question (John Mitchell) had a very dark and dangerous path having killed too many people to list before settling down to play “house” for a while.  The friendship he shared with George the dog, I mean Werewolf, was not something born out of Mitchell never having been a “bad vampire”.  Quite the opposite in fact.  It was the darkness he knew was inside him that allowed him to appreciate the smaller things in life – like watching the Real Hustle for example.

They argued that with the desecration of human life in the Box Tunnel 20 Episode they gave in to people’s expectations of what a vampire should be. Hmmmm let’s think for a minute … the humans ATTACKED his coven, KILLED one of his best friends, he was betrayed by a woman he cared about who was only using him from the very beginning, so what was he supposed to do? Sit back and say awwwww stupid humans??? WHY would ANYONE tolerate that yet alone a creature born from darkness that has been trying to justify the mistakes humans make only to have it thrown in his face?

No he does what any predator would do if you backed them into a corner and then just kept poking at them with a stick.  HE ATTACKED!!!!  He attacked, and he killed, and if you ask me, he should have been allowed to get away with it and to this day I believe that had the actor playing him not already given notice that he would be leaving they would not have gone in the direction that they did in Season 3.

Of course the big question is why does this bother me?  Why can I not just look at it and say well they are wrong but so be it.  Well ever since Dracula and then the Anne Rice novels I have been in love with the darkness that is the vampire.  I read everything, watch everything, and have done since long before the “Trendy” vampire was introduced.  My vampires are dangerous, obsessive creatures and killing is but a part of their lives whether they choose to acknowledge it or not. With over 20 years of  an adoration that has done nothing but grow and expand as time has passed (and it continues to do so ), why do people suddenly want vampires to be light and goodness.  Isn’t this really a complete contradiction of all that the true fans love?

And with that I will leave it, rant over, thoughts shared and now I wait for my true love to return to me, a man who adores me despite my over whelming obsession, who’s daily absence makes me long even more for the night as I know that then he will be by my side.

 

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Bountiful Breasts, Slutty Samsungs, and The Darkness Inside Me V””V

Let me start by saying to those that read my vampyric musings, I thank you.  Today’s thoughts may be a little different from the normal as not counting the sarcasm, the vampire references, OK never mind it seems that on second thoughts whilst I have different thoughts flying through my little insomniac head the general feel will be the same.

So on with the show.  As you can see from the heading sleep deprivation and my mind lead to some very interesting connections. Luckily for me I am blessed with a wonderful husband, a few amazing friends both old and new, and a family that includes a father that REALLY understands far more than you would ever expect from an English gent.

Perhaps the title to this blog should have been reversed as the darkness inside seems to be getting top billing but when I reversed it, I found it didn’t amuse me so it has been left. Deal with it! 

As many of you know, I make random remarks on the ever popular Facebook, and I know that many of the people on my “friends” list think I am amusing.  They think my remarks “quirky” and my wit dry, but a very select few of them KNOW that there is more truth in those words than the average person would be comfortable with. 

For those that have watched the TV show Being Human (the UK version, not that pale imitation currently polluting perfectly good tv time), there is a character in Season 2 called Daisy.  She embraces being a vampire far more completely, and with more abandon than perhaps any other embodiment I have seen. I was immediately drawn to her, and her participation in the Box Tunnel 20 Massacre sealed the deal for me which leads me to perhaps my favorite compliment I ever received …..that I make “Daisy look like Mary Poppins”.  Now people saw that and thought it was hilarious but in that moment I knew, really knew, that a connection had been made and a friendship formed for life. I am lucky to have a handful of such wonderful connections who don’t judge me but know the truth.  I guess sometimes the darkness draws the light after all. 

But wait, it is not just friends that can see this darkness that lurks there.  One of the first times I realized how close to the surface it lay was when my father  was working on the sequel to his book Unicorn Witch, which has just gone on sale as an e-book at Barnes and Noble, (check it out here!!!).  As he was writing the second one he got about halfway through and realized that none of the characters written so far would be able to kill without regret should it be required.  His solution? “Congratulations, I just wrote a new character in the book … It’s you!” …… yes my own father recognized it and took it, and used it to his advantage.  This is the same man who recently emailed me to let me know what the nutritional components of blood were if I ever decided that would be an appropriate diet. Indeed!

Of course my partner, my soul mate, keeper of my sanity (what there is left anyway) is my anchor keeping me bound to this side of reality.  Without his love and undying support of all aspects of my life I fear I would long ago have been lost to despair and for that I will never be able to thank him enough.

So with that let me go back to the original topic of Bountiful Breasts and Slutty Samsungs.  I promise there is a story to go with each but the darkness from the insomnia seems to have stolen the first part ….. they have a habit of doing that ….

As a sufferer of some rare and random unnamable auto-immune disorder there are days when the pain is great and the swelling miserable and on a recent Facebook update I commented that whilst everything else was not going well I was pleased to report that my boobs looked great with the extra weight I was carrying.  Now 90% of my Facebook friends that comments sent condolences, sympathy, well wishes, and virtual hugs, but the 10% that REALLY know me focussed on the boobs!! This trend has since continued with Boob based comments flying thick and fast amongst as all.  I blame, of course, my husband, who is a self-confessed boob man because of course it couldn’t be my fault!

So where you might ask does the Slutty Samsung fit into all this.  The Slutty Samsung (also known as miserable whore) is actually my latest phone.  Those of you that follow have read before about my failed interactions with modern technology and its general dislike of me (which dates back to when I was in school …. do you know ANYONE else that gets banned from even walking into a school computer room???). Well my latest cell phone HATES ME!! She, the slut, has decided that she prefers my husband and does everything possible to end up in his hands where she then ceases all obstinate behaviour and acts perfectly.  But I KNOW the truth and the truth has been witness by my friends when my husband is not around …. and the truth is my phone is a possessed, slutty piece of technology that should obviously belong to a man!!! Well Slutty Samsung the war is on!!! Discussions have commenced about possibly trying to depossess or bind the evil thing with magic … but for now I find just turning it off and ignoring it also work.

Which brings me to the end of today’s musings which whilst slightly different and less vampyric than usual hopefully made you smile, or roll your eyes, or just not read. In the words of Cristian Slater … So Be It!!!

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Bitten, Box Tunnel 20, and Bad Late Night TV V””V

Have you ever had a night where you go from one extreme to the other?  Well that was my tv viewing last night!  Things started off great when I randomly flicked through channels to suddenly come face to face with Mitchell in Being Human on my gorgeous 60 inch flat screen completely annihilating a train carriage full of innocent passengers and then heading home covered in the remains of the carnage to have bloody sex with his partner in crime, and my alter ego Daisy.  Fangtastic in the extreme!!  Of course I own these on DVD and this episode is available any time for streaming on Netflix but that didn’t stop my squeals of excitement and immediate texting to Lauren to share that IT WAS ON TV.  Hmmmmm obsessed much???  Luckily for me my husband was not home from work yet because whilst he happily embraces my dark vampyric love ,even down to being able to participate in some very random and strange discussion, he has, for some reason, an absolute hatred of the Vampire Mitchell, referring to him constantly as a crying, whining, poor excuse for a vamp.  Well what can I say … he’s not perfect …. but he’s hot, sexy, and he bites …. oh and yes that is my husband I was talking about although reading it back  it could be easily applied to Mitchell too!

So with that over and done with it was an evening of generally uninteresting tv until about midnight and I decided I wanted to watch a movie.  Well movie, midnight, and cable equals a basic mediocre soft porn equivalent of a vampire movie.  It was BAD but yes I watched it all because it had the word VAMPIRE in the description.  The movie, should anyone care to avoid it (or watch it if you want to see a REALLY bad boob job), is called Bitten.  It stars (if you can call it “starring”)  Jason Mewes and Erica Cox with the former being a paramedic who “rescues” Danika (Erica) the “Victim” who actually turns out to be a vampire.  Cue some poorly lit soft porn type scenes and very messy feedings – seriously – if this girl tried DRINKING some of the blood when she bit these people maybe she wouldn’t be so hungry all the time and spend at least half the movie looking like a junkie going through withdrawal. Between that and the bad, very distracting I might add, boob job this was not a good movie ….. and as my husband rightly said it was cheesy and pathetic even taking into account my love of vampires and naked people in general.  Even after some pretty heavy girl on girl action he decided he couldn’t stand to watch any more and turned over to go to sleep.  In hindsight I probably should have done the same thing but once I started watching I felt compelled to finish it.  Well the end SUCKED too so other than giving me something else to talk about today it was really pointless.  Hmmm on second thoughts just the fact that it gave me something to blabber on about may have made it worth while 😀

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