Monday, September 7, 2009

Another One Bites

Magnet # 30: Victoria Frances' Vampire Girl

Material: Metal, Paper, Mylar Shell

Purchased By:  Me

Guard your necks, folks! Popular culture is currently under siege by vampires. Twilight has become an international sensation, True Blood is a huge hit for HBO, and this week another vampire book series adaptation is set to hit the CW - The Vampire Diaries.

The Vampire Diaries is the oldest of the bunch and it's also the only one I've read. That said, I'm not sure I'll be watching the show. During my teenage years, I'd torn through every suspense and supernatural book my favorite author, Christopher Pike, had written. I was looking for another writer to follow, and ended up trying L.J. Smith's writings.

Smith has some good works in her. I wouldn't say The Vampire Diaries is among them - although I haven't read the new additions to the series. Of course, with Twilight raking in millions, vampire teens are in hot demand. Studio heads don't want to develop the witch teens of The Secret Circle or the psychic teens of her Dark Visions series. And her still unfinished Night World series consists of vampires and just about every other supernatural figure imaginable. It would be tough to adapt. It does irritate me when I see these books reissued on bookstands. Books that don't have an ending which has been building up throughout the series shouldn't be re-marketed to a younger audience. Imagine if they tried to resell the Harry Potter books without The Deathly Hallows ever being written. Smith claims the final book is coming in April of 2010 - I really hope so. Considering it's over ten years in the making, I'll believe it when I see it.

The previews for The Vampire Diaries do not have me sold on this show. The only cast member I'm liking is Ian Somerhalder. Even though he was pretty dull on Lost, it looks like he's going back to the dark sort of character he played on Smallville. As bad brother Damon, he may steal the show. The other two main characters didn't look that interesting from what I've seen - but they weren't interesting in the books, either. And, warning, here's a spoiler: in the books, the heroine, Elena, picks the good boy. What fun is that?

Well, try it or don't. Guess we'll know if my predictions are right in a few months. As for this magnet, it was part of a set of four pins I converted into magnets. Victoria Frances, a rising star in the fantasy art world, provided the art. I won't delve into this Spanish illustrator's gorgeous works at this point - I've got three more magnets with which to do that.

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