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Old March 10 2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Laura Vandervoort cast as lead in "Bitten"

In the new Space original series, which is expected to start filming 13 episodes next month, Laura will be playing the main character, Elena. She is the world's only female werewolf.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1126...riginal-series
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Old March 10 2013, 11:07 PM   #2
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Re: Laura Vandervoort cast as lead in "Bitten"

How coincidental (for me) that my brother and I just met her yesterday!

Lovely person. Good for her.
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Old March 10 2013, 11:24 PM   #3
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Re: Laura Vandervoort cast as lead in "Bitten"

I wonder what the saturation point is for the core supernatural elements (vamps/werewolves/zombies/ghosts). Maybe it's more a matter of something new grabbing the public than petering out on its own.
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Old March 10 2013, 11:24 PM   #4
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MTV has already beaten them to the punch with the werewolf show "Teen Wolf".

She should have just done a "Supergirl" series.
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Old March 11 2013, 12:26 AM   #5
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My understanding is that the books are very popular.
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Old March 11 2013, 01:04 AM   #6
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Re: Laura Vandervoort cast as lead in "Bitten"

Yeah, as far as I know it seem to be one of the more popular urban fantasy series. It is actually one of the next series I've been planning on starting.
One thing I'm curious about is if we will be seeing any of the leads from the other books. The different stories all rotate between 9 different narrators throught the 13 novels, and even more if you toss in the numerous short stories.
The author was hinting at some big casting news on her blog the other day, this must be what it was.
I'm a big fan of Vandervoort so I'm happy with the choice.
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Old March 11 2013, 02:03 PM   #7
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Re: Laura Vandervoort cast as lead in "Bitten"

Classically (meaning in my lifetime,) werewolves are about the threat felt from overpowering urges for sexual aggression, rape. That's why there have been so few female werewolves I think. But the article seems to focus on the mother defending the cubs, but the character is without any cubs?
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Old March 11 2013, 02:33 PM   #8
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Re: Laura Vandervoort cast as lead in "Bitten"

Its been awhile since i read the book Bitten but from what i remember the theme is definitely Elena being caught between her civilised human self and her beastial nature and what happens when you dont balance the two which is a classic theme in many werewolf novels as well as Jekyl and Hyde though its usually male werewolfs who get to struggle with this.

Basically Elena is a werwolf but she hasnt really embraced being a werwolf and is trying to live a perfectly civilised human life in teh city whilst ignoring and suppressing her beastial nature as much as she can. Going back to the pack to help them out also means being in the countryside and the company of other wolves which call out the wolf side of her that shes been suppressing up til now. And no the author doesnt go down the cliche route of having her beast side reassert itself in a dramatic and tragic way. Its a lot more subtle and complex a situation than that.

I dont want to go into too much detail or reveal what the threat to the pack is (which fits perfectly with the theme of civilised vs beastial self) as i assume people who havent read teh books, are interested in watching the series, and dotn want to eb spoiled are gonna read this thread. So im gonna shut up now.
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Old March 11 2013, 04:00 PM   #9
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Re: Laura Vandervoort cast as lead in "Bitten"

Cool. I have the book on CD and thought that it was a well-written and enjoyable book that, thankfully, as many other people have pointed out, avoided a lot of the cliches that could've cheapened it. Hopefully, the series will be available for download or on DVD at some point
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Old March 11 2013, 05:04 PM   #10
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Great news, there's like no tv shows with werewolves, vampires or anything supernatural really out there. This should be like totally interesting.
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Re: Laura Vandervoort cast as lead in "Bitten"

Garak wrote: View Post
Great news, there's like no tv shows with werewolves, vampires or anything supernatural really out there. This should be like totally interesting.
I hope you're joking, right?

True Blood pretty much focused on vampires, but had a fair amount of werewolf content too.

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Old March 11 2013, 10:25 PM   #12
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Q2UnME wrote: View Post
Garak wrote: View Post
Great news, there's like no tv shows with werewolves, vampires or anything supernatural really out there. This should be like totally interesting.
I hope you're joking, right?

True Blood pretty much focused on vampires, but had a fair amount of werewolf content too.
I think Garak was being sarcastic.
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Old March 11 2013, 10:56 PM   #13
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stj wrote: View Post
Classically (meaning in my lifetime,) werewolves are about the threat felt from overpowering urges for sexual aggression, rape. That's why there have been so few female werewolves I think. But the article seems to focus on the mother defending the cubs, but the character is without any cubs?
At the start of the series she doesn't have kids.
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Old March 12 2013, 12:23 AM   #14
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Q2UnME wrote: View Post
True Blood pretty much focused on vampires, but had a fair amount of werewolf content too.

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Yes, but they were pretty forgettable. The females were into rough sex and uncontrollable passion/aggression, more or less the rape motif. But these werewolves didn't concern themselves much with human beings, which drastically lowered the drawbacks to being a werewolf. But then, True Blood as a whole more or less deintensifies everything. Transgressive vampire sex, werewolf rapine, none of it's very much complicated by conscience.

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At the start of the series she doesn't have kids.
Thanks.

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Its been awhile since i read the book Bitten but from what i remember the theme is definitely Elena being caught between her civilised human self and her beastial nature and what happens when you dont balance the two which is a classic theme in many werewolf novels as well as Jekyl and Hyde though its usually male werewolfs who get to struggle with this.

Basically Elena is a werwolf but she hasnt really embraced being a werwolf and is trying to live a perfectly civilised human life in teh city whilst ignoring and suppressing her beastial nature as much as she can. Going back to the pack to help them out also means being in the countryside and the company of other wolves which call out the wolf side of her that shes been suppressing up til now. And no the author doesnt go down the cliche route of having her beast side reassert itself in a dramatic and tragic way. Its a lot more subtle and complex a situation than that.

I dont want to go into too much detail or reveal what the threat to the pack is (which fits perfectly with the theme of civilised vs beastial self) as i assume people who havent read teh books, are interested in watching the series, and dotn want to eb spoiled are gonna read this thread. So im gonna shut up now.
And thanks to you as well.
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