With the promised emergence of Dracula coming to NBC this fall, this vampire fan is once again wildly excited about vampire media. I couldn’t get into the Vampire Diaries (but I wasn’t all that crazy about the books, so no surprise there). I’m sure there are other shows out there with vampires, but sadly I don’t know what they are. So I’ve had little contact with vampires on TV outside of my Buffy and Angel seasons on DVD and the short lived CBS show MOONLIGHT starring the awesome Alex O’Loughlin. Take note True Blood…this is what a mainstream modern day vampire is supposed to look like.
Not that I don’t like True Blood…well, I don’t after last season, but that said, even when I liked the show, I found it disgusting. So much so that it literally made me metaphorically nauseous at times. Yes, I discovered I have a rather low tolerance for bloody violence.
To commemorate the return of True Blood, here’s a quick list of things I don’t like about that show:
There’s too much blood. The vampires are gross. They’re pasty. Their teeth are in the wrong spot!!! (Russell Edgington is GONE!) And the Vampire Authority? Ugh.
WARNING: (mini rant) Have any self-control, much, people? Vampires don’t get 40 pints of blood all over the walls when they drink. Their teeth are small…They make little puncture wounds and then they SUCK. They don’t rip and gulp like they’re drinking from a blood fountain. And what’s up with the pastiness, anyway? Vampires of legend are pale. Pale because they have an aversion to sunlight. There’s a difference. (And hello, not all vampires have to be pale either. Or dead. Or hate the sun. Dare to be cheeky. Live a little.) And what’s up with the Vampire Authority? When it was mysterious, I didn’t have a huge problem with this one. But last season when they blew the lid off of it and made vampires look like a batch of crazy, religious, Lillith-worshiping cult followers…Are you kidding me? Just because you’re selling, doesn’t mean I’m going to buy. (FYI: None of this crap was in the books. At least not the in one of the 9 that I read.) Have the creators of that show ever seen a vampire on anything in their lives? Since when are vampire teeth like snake fangs sticking out beside your two front teeth? You’re not being original, it’s just weird and stupid. (And I don’t care what Charlaine Harris did in the books…FIX it! There’s no excuse, you people crapped all over the books anyway.) Curse the season 6 trailers for lulling me into another season. (end rant)
Vampires have always fascinated me with their power. Where it comes from depends on the legend being drawn upon. But some of the most popular powers are enhanced senses, strength, and speed, and the ability to hypnotize their victims. Others I like: mind reading, healing power in their blood, a natural agility and athleticism – able to climb high walls and jump down from them, and in some legends, shapeshifting, most popularly into a bat, of all things. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the new Dracula wields his powers this fall!
I think Johnathon Rhys Meyers is a great candidate for this role. He has naturally haunting and intense eyes that will work great for the character. Plus, he’s super talented, as well. When I first heard about it, I admit, I rolled my eyes. Like, “not another one” right? But now that I’ve seen the promotion posters and season trailer, I can’t wait. I hope the Dracula team does the story justice and has fabulous writers behind it so the show has a nice, long life. Because we vampire fans need some decent vampire crap to watch.
No offense Damon and Stefan (of Vampire Diaries) and Bill and Eric (of True Blood)…you guys are just no match for a real vampire. ^_^
There’s a small chance this will send me into a vampire story writing frenzy.