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Spec fic novels go to the movies

A friend sent me a link to a Publisher's Weekly item that says Patricia Brigss got a movie deal for her Mercy Thompson vampire hunter/shape shifter books. As someone who writes spec fic novels, I think it's great when visual media folks look to spec fic novels as a source of new stories.

I do wish it would be something besides vampire stories, though. I wasn't much of a vampire fan to start with, and I'm getting a little tired of them. The supply of vampire lore seem inexhaustible; I recently stumbled across an old Writer's Almanac entry on Bram Stoker, that came out a few years ago, and mentioned that his novel Dracula was only a minor best-seller in his lifetime. His obituaries focused on his career as a theater critic and manager, and never mentioned his book. It was only after Hollywood starting making Dracula movies that Stoker got famous as an author.

I also read the Wikipedia entry about Vlad Dracula, a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler. Interestingly, it looks like there was really no historical connection between Vlad and vampires. Until Stoker's novel, he was known as cruel and ruthless (or patriotic and ruthless, depending on where you were from), but no one had suggested he was a vampire until Stoker wrote his now-famous book.

Yet another case where a good story trumps history.






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jl_johnson
Oct. 12th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
In the workshop I participate in, I often here people say to other writers, 'this idea has been done to death', and it drives me nuts. Sure, there are a lot of vampire stories out there, society in large is facinated with the whole living dead sub-culture, but that doesn't mean it's been 'done to death' (no pun intended :P)

I don't mind vampire stories, as long as there's some kind of new twist to it, and not the same old boring vampire-pining-to-be-human-again plot.

karen_w_newton
Oct. 12th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
I guess other people aren't as bored as I am. And in fact, I do sometimes like vampire stories. Buffy was really well done.
jl_johnson
Oct. 12th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
For its time, Buffy was original. It was a new concept. Even the spin off-Angel-was original. No one had ever seen a vamp being a good person, while retaining the dark part of his personality that made him alluring.

I like Blood Ties becaue it has another spin on it. The vampire does't want to be human again (at least he hasn't mentioned it), nor is he pining away for a lost love. He's a good guy vamp who has excepted what he is. Usualy vamps, if they're good, don't want to be vamps anymore. Case in point-Ann Rice's Louis.

karen_w_newton
Oct. 12th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
I never read Anne Rice. The size of the books, plus knowing they were vampire novels kinda put me off.
jl_johnson
Oct. 12th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
I don't think all her books are about vampires. But don't quote me on that. I know there are four with the characters Lestat and Louis. The only movie that did her work justice was 'Interview With A Vampire.'
karen_w_newton
Oct. 12th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip. I might rent it to see if the books are worth the time investment.
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