Posts Tagged: ‘vampires’
Although it’s been around since the early 1990s, I’ve just learned about the “Reborn” doll subculture of collectors who buy up pricey baby dolls, strip the paint off their faces and sometimes remove their stuffing in order to give them second, far more realistic-looking, lives. An editor of Doll Crafter magazine told The New York Times in 2005 that “reborning” came out of a confluence of doll collecting, DIY, and the popularity of eBay where many reborn babies are bought and sold. Now, The New York Times photo blog has published a series from Rebecca Martinez who documented the reborn doll trend for five years…
We’re getting a little tired of vampires and zombies. Well, I am. Holly likes vampires (but not in a Cullen way) and is getting a little desensitized to the zombie gore. We do wonder what’s coming next, though.
Critics have made much of the fact that the American remake of the Swedish smash “Let the Right One In” had opened to critical acclaim and public indifference, but I was shocked to see how poorly it had fared since it opened last month. After six weeks in theaters, the film has earned only a hair over $12 million at the box office. What happened?
Did you know you can visit Dracula’s castle?
Well, anyway, you maybe sorta can. Novelist Bram Stoker, who wrote Dracula in 1897, based his creepy main character on a real-life, 15th-century Romanian ruler who came to be called Vlad the Impaler on account of how he liked to impale people.
by Chanel Lee | April 9, 2010
Academia and pop culture have been making strange bedfellows for decades now. The University of Washington offers a comparative history class on the work of rapper Tupac Shakur, Syracuse University made headlines for its course analyzing Lil’ Kim’s lyrics, and the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” became academic fodder almost the second it left the airwaves. If that wasn’t enough, you can go to Liverpool Hope University in the U.K. and earn a master’s degree in Beatles Studies.
Now, the Brits have taken the pop-culture graduate degree idea and run with it: This fall, the University of Hertfordshire will offer what may be the world’s first master’s degree in Vampire Studies. Yes, really.
If you think the self-loathing, tortured vampire meme has run its course, you’ll be happy to know that “Daybreakers” officially makes vampires scary again.
I’m probably not the best person to be giving advice on how to find a good boyfriend. I’m much better at spotting a bad boyfriend once somebody’s gotten hold of one. When it comes to heartthrobs who make tween girls swoon, Edward Cullen of “Twilight” fame is at the very top of my list of bad boyfriends … and his heart doesn’t even throb.
One of my favorite tabloid headlines from the now-defunct Weekly World News was this: “Vegan Vampires Attack Trees.” I can just see it — a particularly menacing vegan vampire, perhaps draped in an organic cotton cloak (wool would be inappropriate, right?), lurching toward a helpless tree, preferably maple.
But I’m here to discuss something nonvegan and decidedly bloody: the vampire bat.
Our last vampire is fighting an undeniable thirst. The kind of thirst that leads to hallucinations when left unquenched. And they’re not just ordinary hallucinations . They’re flashsides — someone else’s flashbacks. Maladict, from Terry Pratchett’s “Monstrous Regiment,” is a lance corporal in Borogravian infantry, but his flashsides are full of jungles, Charlie and the sound of helicopters. So what’s so awesome about Maladict that he winds up in the top spot?
Nowadays, the vampire hunter Blade is most well-known because of the movie trilogy that came out starting in 1998. But he’s been kicking around comics since the early ’70s, so he’s older than any other character on this list. His place in the world of abstinent vampires is a little tricky, though, and it’s not just because he’s more of a dhampir — a vampire’s offspring — than a true vampire. He has some supernatural abilities, but exactly where they came from and how they affect him depend on whether you’re watching movies or reading comics … or which comics you’re reading.
The basic story, though, is that he picked up some vampiric traits when Deacon Frost fed off Blade’s mother during his birth. Eventually, Blade grew in to a man who can walk in daylight and is immune to vampire bites. Even though he’s not a true vampire, he’s on our list of abstinents because he has, in most of the more recent depictions, an unshakable thirst for human blood. He quenches his thirst through everything from feeding on rats (comic) to dosing himself with a home-brewed serum (movie).
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