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Because I loves the vampires

And I love Alan ball...I was enraptured by True Blood. I haven't read the books (yet). I brought one home about a year ago and never got to it, but I read so slowly and I have so much writing to do, that's pretty typical of me to bring a book home from the library, not read it, and bring it back unread in a month. My guy even walked away from football to watch it with me. (He was a big Six Feet Under fan, too.)

Will vampires be hot again? I dunno. I have a vampire novel that needs a rewrite, that's been on ice since spring. I'm thinking now, if the people who have always liked and will always like vampires are stronger in the zeitgeist than the people who are sick to death of them, that maybe I'd better get a move on and rewrite that sucker right away! It's already been rejected by several publishers, but there are still a couple I can try.

I, for one, will always dig a well-written vampire. I'm hard-wired for it.

My own recent vampire series got a really stunning 5-star review from Rainbow Reviews that said: "'Manikin' stretches sexual boundaries in exciting ways...it's witty, harrowing, thoughtful and very unpredictable."

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jourdanlane
Sep. 7th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
I tried reading the first book several years ago, but never got past page 5. The pilot tonight? Awesome. In fact, I ordered HBO *just* to check out the series. It really helped that Alan Ball created it and is doing some writing/directing, too :)

Awesome review! I'll have to get over to Changeling and pick it and the other two up!
jordan_c_price
Sep. 8th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
I think I also did a few pages and then never followed up! But hell, if the book inspired THAT show, even if not word for word, I'm so there.

I had HBO as a "sign up for satellite and get 3 months free" and we are keeping it because of this show! (Showtime, too. But Starz can go.) It seems really excessive paying so much for TV.
marame
Sep. 8th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
Vamps are HOT
Complicated vampires are even hotter. Manikin had me in knots during the re-read. I just couldn't believe the cajones on Michael . . . Jeez, with a straight edge? Or that wicked knife in the kitchen? Either way, man, he's got a pair.
jordan_c_price
Sep. 8th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
Re: Vamps are HOT
I was worried that the part you're referring to wouldn't feel real (or wouldn't feel like it had impact, or could be skimmed) when I wanted the reader to say, "Holy shit, he what???" So I was careful there.

That plot point was also something that I was thinking, "Will I get away with writing this?" (Answer: editor said, "Sure, go into more detail!" I love Margaret from Changeling.)

I dunno if Michael's ballsy. I think of him as having the delusion that he's invincible. That's probably the same thing! I really enjoyed reading your review. Thank you so much!
marame
Sep. 8th, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)
Re: Vamps are HOT
Michael's sense of invincibility definitely comes through, and maybe he's skating on thin ice, but it makes him a little admirable (even w/the blinders) b/c you know he's due for a fall at some point. Might as well enjoy the euphoria it while it lasts, eh? I could never imagine Wild Bill pulling something like that off, too "messy" for him.

Does the 4th book have a name yet?
jordan_c_price
Sep. 8th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
Re: Vamps are HOT
Morpheus #4 is called Tainted. It's written and on my editor's desk. It's slated to be out in early October. (I could probably dig out the date but I gotta run to the day job!)

Poor Wild Bill...he just wanted to coast along and quietly hate his life. He never wanted any of this to happen :)
marame
Sep. 8th, 2008 10:05 am (UTC)
Re: Vamps are HOT
You're very welcome. Thanks for the great read.
deborak
Sep. 8th, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
If the number of vampire lit fans at DragonCon is any indication, this genre has a lot of mileage left in it.
jordan_c_price
Sep. 8th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
This is heartening! I won't feel so rushed on that novel.
neyronrose
Sep. 12th, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
I've read all of the Southern Vampire (Sookie Stackhouse) series so far. I think it's eight books now. The first episode of TrueBlood follows the first chapter or so of Dead Until Dark very closely. The books are well worth reading. If you like listening to books on tape, maybe you could get them that way?

I just got the first three in the Channeling Morpheus series -- and really liked them. Even if I wasn't a particular fan of Goths and vampire stories, I still would have liked them -- they're very well-written. Will the fourth one be from Wild Bill's point of view? It was really fun to get his viewpoint in "Vertigo" -- what a wild ride that was.

Emilie
a.k.a. "Neyron rose"
jordan_c_price
Sep. 12th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Hi Emilie! I like your idea of listening to the Sookie Stackhouse series on audio. I'll see if it comes that way. My eyes get really tired from writing, and listening to a book is a good way to relax--as long as I don't fall asleep. I think a good actor can make a mediocre book sound awesome, and a lousy reader can make a good book fall flat. It's really an art form.

Yay, I'm happy you enjoyed Channeling Morpheus! I'm alternating points of view throughout the series, so you'll get a Wild Bill next. (He seems to be immensely more popular than Michael. Go figure. I would think people would like reading from Michael's POV and identifying with him so that they get to vicariously sleep with Wild Bill!)
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