Thursday, January 08, 2009

Closing the Coffin on Vampires....

It is with a fond farewell I say adieu to Vampire Books, for a spell. I began my love/fear relationship with Vampires with the Lost Boys in High school. I was so terrified after watching that movie, I had my mom come sleep with me and yes I was in High school, but my room was all the way down in the basement (it was a completed basement complete with a food storage room, game room and bathroom, but still the basement when the next Living creature's room was on the second floor because Brian was working out of town.. I digress) Since then I've tried to find out all I could to defeat a vampire, if I ever came in contact with them. It's hard to know what's real and what is just folklore. So I always have Garlic or Garlic Salt around, I don't beleive in Holy water, But I'm pretty sure I could stake a vampire with a wooden spoon, if called on. It's important that once you stake the vampire, you sever it's head. Staking it will only make it weak for a spell. Once the head is severed you burn the remains and the vampire won't rise again. Last Thanksgiving (2007) I started reading Stephenie Myers books. I admit now that her book is less about vampires and more about a love story between two star crossed "teens" She took a lot of liberties with what a real vampire is like and what he/she does. I still like the work, but it's not really a tome about vampires. So then I read Nora Robert cirlce trilogy which starts with Morrigans Cross. Like all good Nora Roberts book there is an underlying love story. Every character gets paired up and she usually writes three books. This one starts out in medieval time with one brother being turned into a vampire. It ends in a fantasy world but she stays true to the vampire lore I beleive in. Also in the third book at one point it was so terrifying I had to skip to the end, I simply couldn't read it anymore and sleep!!! It all ends good and Nora Roberts was h appy with the books because she said her brothers were finally able to enjoy a book she wrote. I also read the House of Night series about a Vampire finishing school. IN this series you don't become a vampire by being drained of your blood and then drinking the blood of a vampire, it's simply a metabolic change that happens around puberty. You become Marked as a vampire and need to go to a finishing type boarding school at night. It was an easy very easy read and fun too. Then enter the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris. This is a hillarious acount of Vampires being able to be "out of the coffin." In the book,the Japanese have created a synthetic blood that has all the nutrients of human blood. While it was originally intended to replace donated blood for humans it turns out vampires can survive on it, so they literally came out of their coffins and let the world know they are real. Sookie is a small town Louisianna waitress who happens to be telepathic and comes into all kinds of misadventures because of her association with the vampires and other magical creatures. I read five or six of those. So I thought I was ready for the grandmother of them all, Anne Rice. I had Robert buy me the Vampire Chronicles for Christmas. I just read Interview with the Vampire and I'm still horrified. I simply can't read anything by Anne Rice. You get the feeling that she really did sit down with a vampire and find out all these things. It was so scary that I would be afraid while driving home from work thinking that my precious Honda Odyseey could be overcome by vampire or coven of vampires. So because of that I'm "closing the coffin," I think I'll go back to reading things less supernatural/evil and more uplifting. I chose an Amy Tan Novel, called Saving Fish from Drowning, of course though it involves a ghost but I'm sure it won't frighten me in the middle of the night.
I'll still maintain my knowledge of how to thwart a vampire.....just in case.

11 comments:

Kristy said...

LOL, you crack me up. I think you should go for the romantic Anita Stansfield books;) I also read "Children of The Promise" over the summer, and loved them. You could always go for any of the American Girl or Little House books;) They are always up lifting.

Jan said...

Now I know who to call if/when I have vampire issues. You have all the answers!!!

4Girls4Me said...

You're so funny. I think Anne Rice is WAY too dark. I can't read anything she writes either.

4Girls4Me said...

P.S. Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog! My day has been pretty awful and your comments made me feel a little better. I'm so glad to be back in touch again!!

Heather said...

All I can say is what a good idea! I think I will close my coffins as well in 2009. The vampire run was good, but I prefer the happy/lovey-dovey stuff to the journalistic-type vampire interviews anyway! I agree with Kristy about the Little House books. I have some you can borrow if you want.=)Happy Reading!

Steph said...

That was great! You make me laugh! I will have to take vampire lessons from you I guess. I think I am the only one in the whole universe who hasn't read a Stephanie Meyers book. I have them now, my sweet sister/your good friend let me take them. So one of these days after I finish The Book Thief that I started back in July....I will get to those too. Sure wish I had time for myself so I could read. Maybe that is a good resolution! I love to read, just feel guilty about doing it when the laundry is the size of Mt. St. Helens and the kids need to be feed, homework to do and Violin lessons. LOL...oh the joys of being a working mom. Thanks for brightening my day!

April said...

Well good luck on that! It seems thats all I want to read nowdays! I did take time out to read a book By Shannon Hales (LDS author) called (DON'T LAUGH) Princess Acadmey! It is sooo detailed and cute! Good HAPPY ending.I am reading it to my girls now. Alice would LOVE it!

Allie said...

Well, all I can say is that it's about time you closed the "coffin". I remember when you were too frightened to read Stephanie Meyer's thats a long way to Anne Rice. You should write the books for a living. . . . .you are so good with words! Just don't write about vampires they may come to visit.

holli said...

You are too funny...

Renae said...

You're a little insane for reading all those vampire books, at least Anne Rice! :) I remember reading a book in Jr. High and it really gave me a creepy feeling that I couldn't even read it alone, I went to the kitchen where people were! Then I tossed it in the trash an hour later. There's plenty of great books to tempt you. I didn't know you loved to read so much! Let me know your faves.

Aryn said...

ok, this entire post was VERY amusing. Your wealth of knowledge!! "It's important that once you stake the vampire, you sever its head." This has me chuckling. And, strangely, feeling like I need to go learn more about vampires... I didn't know you were such a big reader either. Keep the comments on the books you read coming...

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