I have to confess, I feel like I should be making excuses to everyone for not writing. But, I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m going to hit you with the solid truth — I don’t like blogging when I’m not happy. And lately, I just haven’t been. Not in an angsty kind of way, cause angst is something you can totally right about. In a kind of “I’m lost” kind of way.
Because I don’t want to jinx any of the stuff that may potential bring me out of this funk I’m in….I’m not going to talk about it at all.
Brad Pitt gets bit!
So we’re going to talk about something else. Vampires! Or, less specifically, the supernatural. I’ve been a fan of the concept of vampires in the modern world ever since…well, I would say since Interview with a Vampire except that I was too young when it came out and by the time I saw it I’d already been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. At first, because mom said I was too young for even that (bullshit!), I watched it secretly. Sometimes, I would intentionally leave homework to be done until it was just starting and then I would “do homework” in the kitchen with a clear view of the TV in the family room. Sneaky, right?
Buffy and Angel
When Angel broke away into his own show, I followed. (And, of course, by this point I was watching Charmed as well, although I never fell in love with that series the way I did these other two.) To be honest, I feel like the endings of both Angel and Buffy were botched, and I don’t think that the comic book series of the “afterwards” helped any. But that’s beside the point.
This past school year, when I got the gay channel Here! OnDemand from Comcast, I got hooked on two gay shows, Dante’s Cove (less exciting) and The Lair (which I was mainly hooked on because, well, I knew some people in it from the Internet!) Neither is a stellar show if you’re looking for quality — they’re more like gay daytime soaps. And I loved them.
Actually, the Lair (which is apparently a spinoff of Dante’s Cove?) is a cast I can name-drop. Former porn stars Dylan Vox and, now singer, Colton Ford (who is a fantastic performer, I saw him at Pride RI I think 2 years ago?) were series regulars, and this past season current porn star (and someone I consider an internet friend) Johnny Hazzard joined the cast, as did another internet friend of mine Ethan Reynolds! (Who most of you know, I adore like life itself. :P) Anyways, this is really off-topic, I just like name dropping. 😛
My mom had been, while I was in college, watching some new show about vampires. I don’t know the name of it. Something that didn’t last long, though, apparently, which is sad because I’m sure I would have loved it. Like, a lot.
And movies! Practical Magic is one of my favorites, mostly because it’s Sandra Bullock and I loooooooooooove her. And, of course, The Craft and The Covenant (mostly because the latter has such hot guys!) And Twilight was great, I can’t wait to see the next one!!! I really ought to read the books…
I love reading books in this genre. (Although, the few Buffy/Angel books I’ve picked up have been less than stellar.) I’ve read Blood and Chocolate probably 100 times — did not see the movie because from what I heard it had absolutely nothing to do with the book and I was mortified that there were vampires in it.
HBO Reminds Vampires to Drink Responsibly
Of course, my favorite book series (probably ever) is the Southern Vampire Novels by Charlaine Harris. Which, as you must know by now, is being turned into the hit HBO series True Blood. And I can’t get enough of EITHER. I’m two books behind in the series, and it is KILLING me. Fortunately, I have like seven years before HBO catches up, right? 😛
Maybe the most compelling thing is that vampires are out in Charlaine Harris’ world. Which, I guess, draws the clear comparison to other minorities (which is furthered by the sign that says “God Hates Fangs” in the intro to True Blood), giving something we can relate to.
It doesn’t hurt either that I love Anna Paquin and I especially love her as my favorite waitress Sookie Stackhouse!
Recently, I’ve also discovered some games that fit into this fascinating genre. I know that the Vampire: The Masquerade game by White Wolf has been around since basically the dawn of time, but it always looked so… complicated when I was looking into it, so I never got involved. Now, however, with the onset of social networks and the further onset of social network gaming, I have discovered three games I love. The first if Vampire Wars by Zynga. The second is Bloodlines — which is sort of the same except it has a plot line and is made by Playdom. Lastly is Slayers — it’s only on Facebook and I have no idea who made it, but it is fun. I think it is anyways, you get to choose to play as a Zombie, Vampire, Werewolf, or Slayer (or all of the above, like I chose…) Anyways, it’s a good time.
All these games, also, seem to be fueling my creative juices. I’ve cooked up a few characters to use in a story or something to write up. Do I have a plot? No, but I have characters and that’s a start!
And in case any of you were planning to ask, yes, I watched So Weird on Disney well before Buffy but I don’t like to talk about because I’m still so very not okay with the fact that they changed the main character and never finished her plotline! It was just like “Ok, I’m just gonna go. You play music? Great, we can use that character trait to tie you in with the other characters and you replace me as the lead! Cool!”
The boys from the Covenant
This modern/supernatural thing should not be confused with horror. I don’t like horror, I don’t like being scared. 🙂 So, here’s what I’m wondering:
- Are there movies or TV shows I should watch that I didn’t mention above?
- What about games? On Facebook or Myspace or MAC or PS3?
- What the hell is the name of that TV show my mom was watching?
- Do you play Bloodlines or Vampire Wars? Cause if you do — my clan is calling!
- Any other thoughts about any of this? I just like hearing from ya’ll. 🙂
I’m in the mood to discover new things, and it may help take me out of my funk.