Dec. 21st, 2009 02:44 pm
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I think the Edward Cullen doll I bought is possessed.

It keeps calling to me with it's empty, staring eyes.

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Re-reading Dracula, I remembered how much I like his genuine appearance.

From Chapter 2 of Bram Stoker's novel:

"His face was a strong, a very strong, aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils, with lofty domed forehead, and hair growing scantily round the temples but profusely elsewhere. His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth. These protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years. For the rest, his ears were pale, and at the tops extremely pointed. The chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin. The general effect was one of extraordinary pallor."

15 minute doodle. Pencil and Pen on notebook paper. DeDraMo 8.

Literary Dracula Portrait WIP by ~Greer-The-Raven on deviantART

Too Lazy

Dec. 7th, 2009 07:25 pm
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You know what David? I'm just too damn lazy. XD

Here's Casey; the main character of my Vampire project that will likely never get off the ground. (Same universe as Saint John.

Smoke Break by ~Greer-The-Raven on deviantART
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"Saint" John Mallory was an unhinged serial killer at the beginning of the 20th century. Then some asshole made him a vampire.

Pencil. 35 minutes. DeDraMo 6.

The Vampire's Kiss WIP by ~Greer-The-Raven on deviantART
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Okay, I'm only 6 minutes into the first episode, BUT: vampire Dad sounds like Jareth. And he's arrogant and has a temper. BRB drooling forever.

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Some of you know that Twilight as the book that inspired me to actually finish an entire novel; It did this by virtue of its sheer awfulness. I listened to about half of the book on tape (while working on a sewing project) before I became so absolutely disgusted with the quality of the writing; it watered down to unenjoybility some of my favorite themes and ideas; that I dropped the needle and headed for the keyboard.

Well, since I promised a friend of mine I'd go mock New Moon with him in the theatre next week, I decided I should watch the first one.

So, just moments ago I finished the entirety of the movie (with rifftrax so I wouldn't commit suicide while watching); and I have a few thoughts. The first is that as far as I am concerned the movie is INCREDIBLY faithful to the book; especially the overall mood and pacing, which is to say that it is INCREDIBLY SLOW AND BORING. This was one of my main complaints with the book too; how do you make a vampire love story BORING? To ME?

Watching the movie of Twilight I finally figured out what really keeps me from enjoying it (at least the first book/movie). It isn't the writing; I can enjoy badly written stories if I like the plot and the characters. I've sat through Sailor Moon and other shojo anime and manga; and really at the end of the day that's what Twilight is.

It's not Bella. I know everyone hates Bella, but I don't. I didn't hate her in the book. I LIKE Bella, a lot, I even empathize with her. Yes, she is a "weak-willed" female character who spends most of her time looking for a male to push her around. She's frail emotionally, and physically (clumsy). She's needy, but on the other hand, she knows what she wants. She wants a strong, sexy, deadly, emotionally powerful, physically powerful person to be her (yes I'm going to say it) to be her master. I can relate. And here's where we come to what I hate about Twilight.

Edward. The boyscout, the Superman of "vampires". He's a pansy a goody-two-shoes who never has a moment of weakness. The titillation of the kind of romance Bella wants, and the kind that Twilight tries to pretend it portrays, comes from one thing, a trace of fear. I explored this in my Mary-Sue/Syndrome 'Incredibles' fanfiction, CCR. Some people want someone to serve, and someone who they know they should be a little afraid of. Bella wants Lestat and she ends up with Clark Kent.

And for me, that just kills the romance, and the enjoyment. Going back to the Sailor Moon allusion, in the first season of SM Usagi has good reasons to be afraid of Mamouru, and as long as he's in the story, they never quite go away. He has a force of personality and a demanding persona that Edward lacks completely.

And as a Vampire; a creature of violence and sex sublimated INTo violence, that's just inexcusable.

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In March Jonathan Coulton released a new song "Blue Sunny Day"; a cheery pop song about a suicidal vampire. (It reminds me a little of that time Armand tried to kill himself all those times vampires try to kill themselves. XD)

I've had it on repeat for an hour or so now.

Go download it: http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2009/03/16/new-song-blue-sunny-day/


EDIT: In related news, someone has written an article about how to date a "real vampire". hehe.


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