Monday, May 25, 2020

Vampires and Stuff

I've bookmarked this tweet for a while now and figured it's well worth sharing. Because it sure as hell plays into the tropes I love to write about.

I do love the significance of innocence and purity being the test in searching for a vampire's grave. It's seriously giving me way too many ideas even though I've already written two books about vampires so far. Kinda want to go elsewhere with this.

And speaking of vampires, I was going to post a quick review of Dracula (Netflix) before, but better late than never. It was a big, fat NOPE for me, and I didn't even bother finishing the series. I forced myself to reach the end of the second episode and then dumped the whole show. The only thing that worked in the series' favor is the set pieces, with Dracula's castle being the best interpretation I've seen so far.

Acting's great, the dialogue way too self-consciously clever to work convincingly, and the departure from the source material is leagues off. I actually like the idea of concentrating on the convent and especially the Demeter (still my favorite part of the novel), but the way the writers did both just did not work for me.

The second episode, even - they could've just developed the adventures of the crew of the Demeter, particularly the captain, because they all are just ripe for that. But no - we instead get a bunch of pointless characters who never existed in the novel and did nothing to the story but be Dracula's personal buffet of useless privilege. Then the episode ended the way it ended, and I noped all the way and took the series off my queue and cleared my viewing activity of it.

Of course, the great thing about this series is that it made me set my then-current reading aside and pull out my copy of Dracula in my Kindle and re-read the hell out of it. I guess this means I ain't touching another so-called Dracula adaptation for a long, long time unless we're looking at cheesy fanfic a la Hammer Horror films with Christopher Lee. I'm down with that.

And to finish, a cool video:

I can't imagine anyone at this day and age coming up with something as spectacular as automata the way they did three centuries ago - without the help of computers and technology, that is. The conditions were definitely conducive to that kind of creativity back then.

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