Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Livin' In Vampire Hell

I effen hate vampires!

Hate 'em. And that's all that's being talked about at my house these days. How beautiful they are. That vampires are kinder and more humane than humans, sometimes. I'm having lengthy discussions of how vampires are tragic characters, who can learn and grow and evolve and be better and less evil and...

GRRRRAAHHHHH! I hate the freakin' undead!

Mrs. Film Geek is addicted to HBOs True Blood, a soap-ish series depicting vampires and humans co-existing in society. It's a modern day Dark Shadows, with the usual dramatic trimmings and lots of sex and nudity thrown in for fun. Like her obsession with The Sopranos, the show (which just ended season one) was a must-see on Sunday night, and a must-discuss on Monday and Tuesday.

Mrs. Film Geek really loves the anti-hero.

My daughter--who at 12 is ripe for new ideas her old man didn't explain to her first--devoured the four Twilight books. Within a week she had read them all, and was an expert in all-things-fang-y.

"Don't you think vampires are evil?" I ask. Because, well, I sure do. Her look at me was one of complete confusion.

"No, they're misunderstood."

Oh boy...

In my youth, I slept each night with my sheet and blanket tucked between my shoulder and neck. Really tight, so that if a vampire flew through my window and into my room, he'd have to yank the blanket from between my vice-like contraption to reach the veins in my neck. By the time he was able to get the blanket out, I reasoned, I'd be awake and maybe able to fight him off.

There's no way I'm gettin' out of this, though. I'm livin' in a nest of vampire-lovers. And I'm scared.


10 comments:

RedZeppelin said...

The only vampire image that truly scared me as a young'un was the scene in Salem's Lot where the boy vampire was floating outside his friend's window and scratching on the glass. Man, that freaked me out.

MountainLaurel said...

Get Salem's Lot (the book) for her to read. It will probably scare her senseless. I know it did me at that time.

Bionicbigfoot said...

People are still into vampire stuff? I thought that went out with grunge rock and pegging your pants!

primalscreamx said...

Yeah, it's always something with the freakin' dead.

By the way, Sam Trammell, the guy who plays the southern shapeshifting bartender dude is from here.

Woody said...

how about Near Dark? that scared me senseless when i was a kid. Those vampires were definitely not misunderstood. It was fairly clear they just wanted to kill people and suck their blood.

The Film Geek said...

Redzeppelin and MountainLaurel may be on to something that just might work. :)

And Bigfoot: They're baaaaack. You must not have a tweener age daughter.

Bill: No shit! He's my favorite character on that show.

Woody: Sometime after the mid-80s, vampires stopped just shapeshifting into a bat or worf and sneaking into beadrooms to bite people. They became hunters, man. Evil, blood-obsessed hunters. And that damn movie played as much a role in the evolution than any other. [shiver]

The Film Geek said...

"wolf," even.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, people here in Iowa are addicted to True Blood also... something about the accent :)

The Film Geek said...

LOL!!

I sure miss the mid-West. Well, the people, anyway. :) The corn, not so much.

Scarlet Tanager said...

Oh dear. If your daughter already has a love for the "misunderstood" at twelve, you're in for a rough ride, buddy.