Thursday, November 8, 2012 |
Google added another literary doodle Thursday in honour of the 165th birthday of Bram Stoker, the father of the modern vampire. To celebrate, we'd like to know what your preferred literary vampire style is!
Are you a purist, going for Stoker's classic Gothic original? Or do you prefer Charlaine Harris's contemporary noir spin on the genre? Or maybe you're on Stephenie Meyer's Team Edward. These days, there's a vampire out there for everybody! So check out some of the MVPs from the otherworld and don't forget to cast your vote for your favourite vamp below.
The Classic (and Birthday Boy): Bram Stoker
Born in 1847, Stoker was a Victorian romance novelist and the personal assistant of the English stage actor Henry Irving...until he met Hungarian writer Armin Vambury, who regaled him with dark tales of the Carpathian mountains. Stoker did extensive research into European folklore before he published Dracula in 1897. The Gothic horror novel immediately defined and popularized the modern conception of the vampire, and its influence is still seen in vampire lit today.
The Romantic: Anne Rice
Rice's bestselling Vampire Chronicles series began in 1976 with Interview with the Vampire (which was adapted into a film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in 1994), and was followed by the sequels The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned. Partly set in 1800s New Orleans, Rice's novels have a lavish, Gothic feel, and their popularity probably helped fuel the Goth aesthetic of the 80s and 90s. Rice has since moved on from vampires, however -- her latest book, The Wolf Gift, published earlier this year, is about werewolves.
The Guilty Pleasure: Stephanie Meyer
These days it's impossible to talk about vampires without mentioning Edward, Bella, and Forks, Washington, the setting for Stephanie Meyer's ubiquitous bestselling Twilight series. In Meyer's interpretation, vampires are sparkly and some may fall in love with you. Or a werewolf might fall in love with a baby. Anyway, Twilight is unavoidable, at least until the final installment of the movie adaptations, Breaking Dawn Part II, hits theatres later this month.
The Contemporary Cult Classic: Charlaine Harris
You might know The Southern Vampire Mysteries better as True Blood, since Alan Ball decided to adapt Harris's novels into the popular HBO series that has been on the air since 2008. The novels are narrated by Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin on the TV show), a telepathic waitress, and are set in an alternate reality where vampires have recently revealed themselves to the rest of humanity as real and are engaging in a battle for civil rights. The final novel in Harris's series, Dead Ever After, is set to be published in May of next year.
The Cross-over Superstar: Joss Whedon
Whedon subverted the order of adaptations somewhat: first, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a goofy teen movie, then it became a beloved cult TV series that lasted for seven moody seasons. Then Whedon did what was probably a television first -- he opted to continue Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but instead of on TV, the series would become a comic book. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight, as the comics are known, is published by Dark Horse, and begins a year after the TV show left off.