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Old June 11 2011, 09:36 PM   #31
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The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vam..._(novel_series)

I like the show and hear the books aren't too bad.
I like the show, too.... but only because of Damon. He's super awesome. His brother is a cry baby, and there is no chance in hell that a real Elena would ever pick him.

The books are okay, but nothing spectacular.
Haven't seen the show, but if you're going to read the books, stop after the first 4 (The Awakening, The Struggle, The Fury, Dark Reunion) or possibly even after just the first 3. The ones that Smith has been putting out lately are beyond godawful, to the point where the publisher has actually taken the series away from her and is having the remainder of the books ghostwritten.

If you like Smith's work and vampires, though, I'd check out her Night World series. It's uneven and only some of them have vamps, but I prefer the Night World books to Vampire Diaries. (But warning: she's never put out the last book in the Night World series, Strange Fate, and the release date keeps getting pushed farther and farther back. Not to mention, with the drop in quality of her recent work, I don't think the series is going to end on a well-written note. OTOH, even the worst of the Night World stuff is much, much better than Twilight.)

As for the Anita Blake novels, they've gradually been turning into porn without plot. Would not recommend (or would recommend stopping long before current point.)

I'll second the recommendation for Anne Rice's first four books, as well. Again, that's a series that starts deteriorating in quality after a while.
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Old June 11 2011, 10:17 PM   #32
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all so love the original salem's lot from 78'.

Agreed. That was great.

I'm also curious about the upcoming DARK SHADOWS remake.

(Hey, Warner Bros. If you someone to novelize the movie, you have my number! )
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Old June 11 2011, 10:43 PM   #33
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I so can't wait till the dark shadow's remake johny depp as barnabos collins will be fantastic. now does any one know if this series aviable on dvd or blu ray. and I do mean the original series. not the 90's remake.
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Old June 12 2011, 11:47 PM   #34
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for those who have not read the series I highly recommend stephen king's american vampire by dc comics.
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Old June 13 2011, 12:44 AM   #35
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I enjoyed "The Passage", not so much the Twilight books. Prefer my vampires less sparkly and emo, and a little more terrifying
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Old June 13 2011, 01:47 AM   #36
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I don't know the passage. as for the twilight series I like the books don't care for the movie at all except for the girl who plays alice. she's a hottie. all so I do agree if you're reading a vamp book more gore and drama than sex and romance.
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Old June 13 2011, 03:34 AM   #37
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The Passage begins in the near future and details an apocalyptic and, later, post-apocalyptic world that is overrun by vampire-like beings that are infected by a highly contagious virus. What begins as a project to develop a new immunity-boosting drug based on a virus carried by an unnamed species of bat in South America eventually becomes the virus that transforms the world. The novel begins in 2018 and spans more than ninety years as colonies of humans attempt to live in a world filled with superhuman creatures who are continually on the hunt for fresh blood.
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Old June 13 2011, 04:59 AM   #38
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I just started reading Kim Harrison's The Hollows series, a True Blood, Dresden Files type urban fantasy series. This one's take on Vampires is a little more unique, at least to me, in it there are two different types of living and undead. The living Vampires are normal people who have been infected by a Vampire virus and get a few of the vampires abilities, and then when they die the become an undead vampire, who appear to have all or most of the tradition vampire qualities. The series main character is a bounty hunter witch who lives and and works with a living vampire and a pixie. I'm only a few pages into the first book, but I'm already loving it.
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Old June 13 2011, 12:54 PM   #39
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all so love the original salem's lot from 78'.

Agreed. That was great.
One of the most faithful and quality adaptations of a King novel there has been.

Just a shame about the jarring freeze-frames which presumably originally led into commercial breaks. IIRC one of the creepiest scenes in the film ends in this absurd freeze frame on the floating vampire boy's face, it totally kills it.
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Old June 13 2011, 02:16 PM   #40
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Speaking of vampires, I'm intrigued by the upcoming remake of FRIGHT NIGHT. I have't seen the original in decades, but I remember liking it. (Hopefully AMC or TCM will rerun the original when the version opens.)

Heck I even read the novelization by Skipp & Spector.
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I've seen the trailer, and it looks more like a straight forward horror movie, more action and much more up to date, using smart phones and the like. I wasn't fond of the original but I plan on seeing the new version when it comes out.

@JD: The Dresden Files (books) have something similar. The White Court are psychic vampires, but sometimes called Incubi and Succubi too, but are alive and Human in nearly every degree and can die a normal death. The Red, Black and Jade courts all have different biology and forms, but are dead and in the case of the Black Court, rotting.
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I've seen the trailer, and it looks more like a straight forward horror movie, more action and much more up to date, using smart phones and the like. I wasn't fond of the original but I plan on seeing the new version when it comes out.

@JD: The Dresden Files (books) have something similar. The White Court are psychic vampires, but sometimes called Incubi and Succubi too, but are alive and Human in nearly every degree and can die a normal death. The Red, Black and Jade courts all have different biology and forms, but are dead and in the case of the Black Court, rotting.
I'm just re-reading the series, I'd forgotten about the Jade Court until they were mentioned in Death Masks. Can't remember if they showed up anywhere in the series?
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I've seen the trailer, and it looks more like a straight forward horror movie, more action and much more up to date, using smart phones and the like. I wasn't fond of the original but I plan on seeing the new version when it comes out.

@JD: The Dresden Files (books) have something similar. The White Court are psychic vampires, but sometimes called Incubi and Succubi too, but are alive and Human in nearly every degree and can die a normal death. The Red, Black and Jade courts all have different biology and forms, but are dead and in the case of the Black Court, rotting.
I'm just re-reading the series, I'd forgotten about the Jade Court until they were mentioned in Death Masks. Can't remember if they showed up anywhere in the series?
I've read all 12 novels and the Side Jobs anthology which I think is the main 'canon' and no, the Death Masks reference is all we ever get. Even the Black Court has been mostly out of the series since Mavra got the book.
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Old June 13 2011, 07:44 PM   #44
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I've seen the trailer, and it looks more like a straight forward horror movie, more action and much more up to date, using smart phones and the like. I wasn't fond of the original but I plan on seeing the new version when it comes out.

@JD: The Dresden Files (books) have something similar. The White Court are psychic vampires, but sometimes called Incubi and Succubi too, but are alive and Human in nearly every degree and can die a normal death. The Red, Black and Jade courts all have different biology and forms, but are dead and in the case of the Black Court, rotting.
Ah, I'm only up to Summer Knight, so the only ones I've really read about so far are the Red Court, which seem to be pretty much typical vampires.
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They are both undead blood drinkers but I think the Rempires monster-in-a-Human-skin thing makes them a bit more interesting. Blampires are far too...zombie-ish.
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