Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Vampire obsession; YOU CAN'T ESCAPE IT

That's right, YOU CAN'T ESCAPE IT. Vampires are everywhere. Ever since I read the last book of Twilight and felt like ripping it in half and throwing it across the room at its utter nonsense and ridiculousness and bad writing and crazy 14-year-old girl fanfiction style, I've stopped raving about Twilight like plenty of other teenage girls are (unfortunately) still raving about. I honestly don't see how anyone can honestly think that Breaking Dawn was honestly a good book. Seriously wtf S. Meyer, you kinda ruined your own masterpiece :'[

Since the whole Twilight craze though, vampires have been emerging through every crevice of media, targeting at the raving, lunatic, insecure and horny mob of teenage/tweenage girls who are now thirsty (LOL no pun intended) for more.

And see, even though I like to say I escaped the onslaught of Twilight fever and becoming a no-brainer Twihard, (mainly cos they started comparing Twilight to Harry Potter. WHAO WHAT. You do not ever compare such a mediocre teenage romance series to the likes of the legendary, life-changingness and moralistic adventures of Harry Potter. HP taught a whole new generation adventure, courage and how to stand up to evil wizards. Twilight taught a mob of fangirls/ insecure housewives how to never settle for a guy until he stalks her at night and commits suicide for her.) even though I escaped Twilight I'm finding it hard to escape all the other sexy vampires jumping out at me (not literally ofc).

I've just finished marathoning the first season of The Vampire Diaries and it's SO FREAKING GOOD. The drama, the romance, the hot, hot guys and the supernatural spooky stuff is just so addictive. It was really bad acting at first and the human heroine Elena started off annoyingly even more annoying than Bella in her ignorance and infuriatingly-trying-to-do-good-all-the-time trait, but Elena proved to have much more courage and depth than Bella, as did her relationship with (hot) 145 year old vamp BF, Stefan Salvatore. Plus, the thriller/gore side of The Vampire Diaries makes the horror-movie side of me satiated.

What's interesting though is that The Vampire Diaries was a book series written and published in 1992 (?!). That's a good 13 years before Twilight was published, so why is Twilight so popular yet The VD only gained extreme popularity after Twilight?

Another vamp trap I couldn't resist falling into is The Vampire Academy series. The concept is really different from T and VD, which are both human girl in small, secluded American town falls in love with hot vampire and then meets werewolves, almost dies etc. etc. The Vampire Academy brings in a whole, elaborate invention of different vampires, 'good' ones, 'evil' ones and half blooded vampire-human hybrids. The Academy itself has this crazy (well not so crazy) social/ backstabbing/ popularity system among the young vampires/half vampires training for battle against the evil vampires (yeah I'm simplifying things a bit...). Overall it reminds me of a fusion of Twilight and Gossip girl. I like. (Although I can't say the writing is better than S.Meyer's, at least the main heroine has got a hell of a lot of spunk and witty sarcasm. The same is hard to say about Bella who just really irks me now...)

Has anyone noticed how when one book or movie makes it big time and becomes the latest obsession for millions worldwide, there follows a period of time after this obsession in which you see so many other books/movies popping up that are kinda just copying it?

For example, after Chinese Cinderella I started to see all these books written by American Chinese telling their tragic/touching/extremely deprived childhood etc. After Alex Rider I started to see all these spy/James Bond 007 style books pop up. And after Twilight you get like a billion vampires popping out.

What if vampires existed but they were actually evil? Worse, what if they were ugly? Wow what would all the fans do then? But hey, I know I'd be a bit disappointed too, the idea of a hot vampire watching me sleep every night, hell yeah turns me on.



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