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TV From The Crypts: Vampire Diaries Season 1

Happy Friday suckers! I have yet another critique of an all-around amazing vampire TV show for you to sink your teeth into today.  I know Vampire Diaries is still an active show on the CW network (what the hell does CW stand for by the way? I mean, at least when the WB network was around we all knew what that stood for. I had to look it up on good ole Wikipedia, and I guess it was a joint venture between the CBS network and the Warner Brothers Entertainment group, so they named it CW after the first initial of each company. I guess that makes sense cause the only thing I could think that it stood for was “Country Western” and that sure as hell wouldn’t make much sense with it’s programing).

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So as I was saying, I do have friends that are out there watching the latest season (I think #5) of Vampire Diaries on The CW as we speak, but with my love of fangs I decided to check this show out earlier this year. From the cover of the DVD case I was not overly optimistic that I would be enjoying this teenie-bopper wonder, but let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised once I made it past the first 4 episodes.

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TV From The Crypts: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 1

Hello my blood-lusting, fangbanging followers, I wasn’t kidding when I said earlier this month that I had vampires on the brain. And so this week I revisited what was one of my favorite shows throughout my childhood to bask in more vampire-glory. It’s been a long time since I first encountered Buffy the Vampire Slayer on TV, and so I was all too giddy with joy to watch the series again as a retired story. I only had enough time for season 1 this week, but since there are 7 lovely seasons in my series box set you can be sure I will try to draw this admiration out as long as possible for future posts.

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Now I did originally watch this show in real time when it first aired on the WB Network, but as I was an obnoxious teenager at the time I didn’t have the knowledge then that I do now. And I did not know who Joss Whedon was. I am obviously much more versed now, and by golly I think I love this man. Firefly, The Avengers, and now Shields, Whedon has had his hands in a lot of things that I am obsessed with. And while his more recent and famous work has a lot of masculinity involved, I have to say knowing he was the creator and a producer for Buffy’s TV show builds my esteem of him even higher. Despite the predecessor movie being a bit of a comedy, Whedon kept pestering FOX about his empowering female role until they gave him the show, as he claims he was tired of seeing every cute blonde walk down a dark alley to get murdered.

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Your Weekend Creature Comforts For Halloween Part Deux: Vampires

All right all you blood-sucking villains, now is your time in the spotlight of everyone’s favorite weekly weekend creature column. This creepy Saturday we are going to go all vampish. Get your fangs out to take a bite of delicious vampire-mania. It’s time to get our succubus on. I am a little overwhelmed with the possibilities of what we could discuss, as the vampire is one of the most quintessential Halloween characters in existence. Since the definition of vampire is a creature that feeds off of someone’s life essence, tales of such monsters have been in existence since prehistoric times, though the collaborative title of vampire for said abominations did not arise until the 18th century. Naturally, the highest concentration of vampire legends comes from Eastern Europe, and that is where the name originates as well. While the original stories of vampires described some as undead, the life-status of the essence feeding devil spawn was not part of the classification until John Polidori wrote his novella The Vampyre, which solidified the vampire as we know it today. You know what I am talking about, that handsome, seductive, mysterious, and perfect specimen of a human that lures you in only to drain you dry.

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