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Friday, Nov. 20, 2009

New Moon Rising

There was no such thing as a good vampire in earlier generations of film and literature. Lately, however, the creatures of darkness come in all shades of good, evil and in between. The way was clear for Stephanie Meyer to introduce the family values vampires, a loving and benign clan called the Cullens, in her best selling Twilight series. In the second movie adapted from Meyer’s books...
11.21.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
It can�t touch Harry Potter for scope of popularity but in some pockets of pop culture, the Twilight series has reached Beatlemania in intensity. The �young adult� novels about a handsome teenage vampire boy and the mortal girl who loves him have sold 17 million copies. Just like the Hogwarts brigade but on a smaller scale, the announcement of a movie adaptation stirred speculation, consternatio...
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Spreading the virtual virus

In a market saturated with vampire stories, it’s refreshing to hear a new and unique voice in the genre. John Marks, whose prior novels have garnered critical acclaim, has crafted a clever adaptation of Bram Stoker’s immortal Dracula with his latest book, Fangland (Penguin). The story takes place partly in post-9/11 New York City, where we meet the eclectic crew of “The Hour,” a weekly news broadcast modeled after “60 Minutes.” Here we are introduced to the heroine, Evangeline Harker, an up-and-coming associate producer from Texas who worked her way up the ladder by using her allure and practical nature. Harker is offered an opportunity to travel to Romania to meet an Eastern European crime lord named Ion Torgu. Despite resistance from her new fianc, Robert, and several co-workers, as well as her own fears, Harker sees this as a career-enhancing assignment that she must take.