Tons of people have already swarmed on the cinema counters asking for tickets of a movie not yet even shown. Flashes of cameras dazzle me when little kids dash in front of the topless Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) with his arms clasped around Bella (Kristen Stewart) body wearing a light coloured sleeveless cloth and take a picture as if they’re part of the scene.
Barely weeks from now, the second chapter of Bella’s life, as the sequel to the ‘Twilight’ movie will be shown in cinemas titled as ‘New Moon’. Here, Bella’s adventures in the supernatural community continue with more challenges coming in her way. This time, Edward Cullen fans who used to shout whenever they see Robert Pattinson’s face appear on the screen, may he be with his shades or not, would have to rethink because it’s time for the dog to shine. In the Twilight sequel, Jacob Black, the werewolf lover of Bella Swan would now be the one to trigger the girls’ throat on the 20th of November. Many magazines, booklets, and novelettes have been published featuring Jacob, truly a proof that Edward’s getting out of the scene. More than this, people would crave for the more as MTRCB and other film organizations have cut the showing dates of the New Moon movie for a month, that’s for about four weeks, to give way for the screening of original Filipino movies in the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival. Well, that’s a no-no to Twilight avid fans who, at some point, would want to watch the movie twice, thrice, and maybe four times.
We ourselves haven’t purchased a single ticket yet despite my sister’s insistence. Philippine Star’s Entertainment Section (Nov. 8, 2009) rushed moviegoers to buy an advanced ticket as soon as possible since many cinemas in the US and in some other countries have sold out of tickets months before the first screening of the movie, Perez Hilton states on his website.
The prowess of Stephanie Meyer’s pen is the one held for this.
It was on June 23 when the idea of writing the first book in the series, Twilight, came into Meyer’s mind through a dream she never expected to appear. The dream was about a human girl, and a vampire who was in love with her but thirsted for her blood. Based on this dream, Meyer wrote the transcript of what is now Chapter 13 of the book. In a
matter of three months she had transformed her dream into a completed novel, though she claims that she never intended to publish Twilight and was writing for her own enjoyment. Her sister’s response towards the book was enthusiastic and she persuaded Meyer to send the manuscript to literary agencies. Of the 15 letters she wrote, five went unanswered, nine brought rejections, and the last was a positive response from Jodi Reamer of Writers House. Eight publishers competed for the rights to publish Twilight in a 2003 auction. By November, Meyer had signed a $750,000 three-book deal with Little, Brown and Company.
Following the success of Twilight, Meyer then published New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. The supposed fifth installment has been left unfinished because of some anomalies and its partial content is posted on her official site.
But something surprised me when I visited National Bookstore in SM North Edsa during its 3-day pre-Christmas sale, that was the day of Halloween, October 31. Lined on its new arrivals sections were books with covers that sparkled my curiosity. When I looked at them, appreciated the human forms illustrated on their cover, I had the brink of an idea. I read the synopsis on the back part and found out that they’re about the vampires who have always stirred our souls just like what they did in the Twilight series. Seems to me that Meyer’s influence on the world of literature has led authors to turn back time towards the Gothic era when Dracula first met its fame, blending it with the modernity of the today’s world.
One of them was Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries which I tried out to read. The first book in the series was actually published in 2001, two years before the conception of Meyer’s Twilight but its popularity only spawned years after Twilight. That’s a big gratitude for Meyer.
The idea of a vampire, ‘Were’ community was there like the Twilight series, the fact that it is as well in itself a series with 11 books, the most recent is still to be published on May next year.
The Southern Vampire Mysteries (informally known as The Sookie Stackhouse Novels / Chronicles and retronymed the TRUE BLOOD Series upon their reprinting) is a series of books written by The New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris, first published in 2001. In The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, Harris has developed a detailed mythology. Her series describes an alternate history which assumes that the supernatural is real and that vampires, shapeshifters, maenads, werewolves and other supernatural beings have only been public knowledge for a couple of years. Its history has otherwise unfolded so identically to that of the real world that the series contains occasional references to popular culture.
The series is narrated in first person perspective by Sookie Stackhouse. She is a barmaid and telepath in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. The ninth book, and sixteenth story, Dead and Gone was released on the 5th of May 2009. Harris is contracted to write at least 10 books, the next of which is entitled Dead in the Family will be released in May 2010. During the True Blood panel at Comic Con 2009, Charlaine Harris revealed that she has signed a contract for three additional books. (Source: Wikipedia)
The series is also being remade as a TV series entitled “True Blood” regularly shown in HBO. Anna Paquin portrayed the character of Sookie Stackhouse, and she even bagged an award in the Golden Globe Awards as Best Actress for Television Series (Drama).
Other recently published vampire series include:
- Undead is a paranormal romance book series by MaryJanice Davidson about Betsy Taylor. Betsy Taylor loses her job and is killed in the same day (her thirtieth birthday), only to awake undead in a funeral home. After attempting to kill herself multiple times, she realizes that she is a vampire – not only a vampire, but queen of the vampires
- Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter is a series of fantasy novels by Laurell K. Hamilton, narrated by the title character, Anita Blake. Anita lives in a fictional Saint Louis much like our own, save that, not only are things like vampires and shapeshifters real, but their presence is public knowledge and they are considered citizens of America, much like normal humans. The novels follow Anita’s ongoing conflicts with the supernatural as she attempts to solve a variety of supernatural mysteries, come to terms with her own abilities, and navigate an increasingly complex series of romantic and political relationships.
- The Dark Series introduces the Carpathians, a powerful and ancient race. They have many gifts, including the ability to shape-shift, and extended life spans, living for thousands of years. Though they feed on human blood, they don’t kill their human prey, and for the most part live among humans without detection. Despite their gifts, the Carpathians are on the edge of extinction. There have been few children born to them in the past few centuries, and those that have been born are all male and often die in the first year. It has been more than 500 years since a female has been born. In the absence of their female counterparts, also known as “lifemates”, male Carpathians lose the ability to feel emotions and to see in color. The only feeling left to them is the thrill of making a kill. Once a male has done this, he loses his soul and “turns”, becoming the monster of human legend, the vampire or the “undead”. With so few females left, males are forced to make a stark choice: either become vampire or “greet the dawn” (i.e. commit suicide). However, when they do find a lifemate, the ability to see in colour and their emotions are restored to them, and their souls are saved.
Vampires do fascinate humans, don’t they? Sometimes they even wish to be with them. Vampires crave blood, we know that. Vampires possess horrible fangs involuntarily protruding from their gums. Vampires are eternal. And above all, vampires are good-looking, have perfect face angles, pale and white, and highly attractive.
No wonder humans like them.