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Princess of the Damned
Did that seriously just happen?

To me?

I got a DM on twitter a few hours ago, which I didn't see 'til about an hour or so ago, from a book publicist wanting to send me a copy of PRIDE AND PROMETHUS (!!!) in exchange for a review to be posted on my twitter and instagram on the release date (February 13, 2018). Oh boy I've never had a deadline before *keels over*

They're sending out copies of the ARC(?) later this week and I CAN'T WAIT!!

Have I mentioned it stars Mary Bennet (who's Elizabeth Bennet Darcy? I don't have a clue! *winks*)and Victor Frankenstein??
I first read the short story with the same name years ago and it NEVER left my mind and when I found out the author (John Kessel) was doing novel-length version I squealed with delight! And since I read that DM I haven't stopped squealing!

The very last time I got a free book in the mail it was the Star Wars EU novel in which CHEWIE GETS KILLED OFF BY A FREAKING MOON

Since I have to real place to put my review on twitter I think I'm going to post it here THEN link it to Twitter and the on instagram ( need wi-fi for that. So watch this space!!

The only thing better than me getting a copy of the Pride And Prometheus ARC would be getting a movie based on that books (Please gods of books and movies MAKE IT HAPPEN!!)

For those interested, my instagram and my twitter accounts are under the same username (brandyjewelle)

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If any of you want to follow me over at dreamwidth.org go here (ForgottenBennet) It's not much to do with vampires or the like (I imported this journal there) but if you like Pride and Prejudice like me then you'd be more than welcome there!!
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aka movies I could watch countless times and NEVER be tired of them in no particular order

Which reminds me, I really should do a marathon weekenf soon of most or all of these lovely movies

  • Ever After

  • Fried Green Tomatoes

  • The Shawshank Redemption

  • Titanic

  • Brave

  • Frozen

  • Mulan

  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

  • Stardust

  • Pride and Prejudice (1940)

  • Pride & Prejudice (2005)

  • Marie Antoinette (2006)

  • Beetlejuice

  • Snow White & The Huntsman

  • The Martian

  • Practical Magic

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish and American)

  • The Girl Who Played With Fire (Swedish)

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Swedish)

Honorable mentions:
Cinderella (2015)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Queen of the Damned

I really should make an icon of PPZ Mary Bennet (Millie Brady)


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Lestat..in Atlantis?? Really Anne?? Wow she's really lost it!

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Happy 14th anniversary "Queen of the Damned" on of the most misunderstood vampire movies but loved by many!
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Found out the tracklisting of the "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" movie score by Fernando Velazquez and it's looks a but spoilery. I mean judging from what little I've seen there's stuff in the movie that wasn't in the book and I can't wait to see it.

1. Darcy
2. An Illustrated History Of England 1700-1800
3. Dressing For The Dance
4. The Man From Uribe
5. Dance Of The Ponderous Distaff
6. We Are Under Attack!!
7. Carriage Ride
8. Orphans
9. The Soldiers Of Meryton
10. Menuet Des Mortes Vivants
11. Orphan Attack
12. Don't Go Into The Woods Alone
13. St Lazarus
14. Rosings Park
15. Midnight Walk
16. Flirt Lovers Fight
17. The Letter / Siege Of London
18. The In-Between
19. Darcy Is Saved
20. Back To St Lazarus
21. Zombies Are Fed / Attack / Showdown
22. After The Explosion
23. Happy Ending?


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The one thing I hate about the "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" audiobook (it's of the deluxe version. Is that the narrator is constantly shortening sentences or leaving them out altogether ! And it's supposed to be the unabridged version. That is why I've never finished listening to it. I wanted to hear my favorite bits or favorite lines only to have them disappear or cut short it just pisses med off but at least I get to hear Seth(?) narrate his "Preface to the Deluxe Edition"

Also in the movie-cover edition of PPZ theres the illustrations from the deluxe version but sadly in black and white only.

In the Appendix there's the Afterword, the "Reader's Discussion Guide" and the newly added (I think) "Why England?: A Sermon by Rev. Richard Manville" on why was England the only country in the world that was covered in Unmentionables. And if you were lucky enough to find it at Walmart you'd get a free mini-poster within the book as well.

I've loved this book ever since it was released and I have a decent collection of PPZ things. an 2011 calender, the graphic novel, the original edition of PPZ, the prequel and the sequel (which don't quite mesh with the canon from the original book, but mesh well with each other) and the Deluxe heirloom edition and the ebooks for all 4 (but not the graphic novel) and the audiobook as I've mentioned before. There's probably with bigger collections but I'm proud of mine.

Current Mood: geeky geeky

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Neil Gaiman on vampires in 2009 (from Entertainment Weekly)

EW: How have vampires gone from being monsters to anti-heroes? For example, in contemporary pop culture, we’ve seen vamps make that move from horror flick fear agents to misunderstood social outcasts.

NG: I think mostly what it has to do with is what vampires get to represent. Dracula was a great novel of sexual seduction, full of repeated sexual seduction and rape and sex. So it makes complete sense that your solid Victorian vampires were fundamentally evil. And you can have that nice big stake hammered through them as a way of putting them to rest. After that, I think the next big, huge, cultural, “somebody’s just written a vampire story” is probably Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot. Steve basically wanted to do Dracula again, only in a small town in Maine. At that point you got vampires still sort of representing the “other.” Then Anne Rice wrote Interview with the Vampire, which as a teenager I thought was a rather drippy book. I have to say as a teenager who loved vampire fiction and wanted vampire fiction, I thought they all sort of sat around being miserable.

But I think then the thing that changed everything and that gave vampire fiction a new lease on life and death was AIDS, because you hit the early ‘80s, and suddenly you have something in the blood that is an exchange of blood that kills and is altogether fundamentally about sex. And vampirism essentially came out of the closet as a metaphor for the act of love that kills. Stephen King once said, using the Erica Jung quote, that vampirism is the ultimate zipless f—. And then a sort of continuous transmutation, you had Lost Boys, which is essentially vampirism as wish fulfillment. Finally, of course there’s Sesame Street, which I think may well have created the sympathetic vampire for the world in Count.

EW: Can you touch on the theme of thrill and fear of power?

NG: I don’t think vampirism, at least from my point of view, is ever about power, because it’s always about people exiled to the fringes. Vampires, I think, should be outsiders. They should probably be sexual outsiders. They need to be charismatic. They need to be elegant. They need to be attractive in some way. But they aren’t buying nice suits and calling the shots. And if they are, the book is about something else.

EW: Is there anything else that you’d like to add?

NG: Vampires go in waves, and it kind of feels like we’re now finishing a vampire wave, because at the point where they’re everywhere it’s probably time to go back underground for another 20 years or another 25 years.

EW: So you think they’ve reached the saturation point.

I think so, and it definitely sort of feels like classical vampires have been around enough that if they could go back in their coffins 25 years and come out the next time as something really different, that would be cool.

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For anyone here that's interested my (mostly) VC tumblr account sleptsolong2002

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An article on Jessica Miriam Reeves perhaps my favorite female vampire from the VC (Lestat being the male, you know before he went loco-coco in MtD and went downhill faster than someone wearing rollerskates!) I would've loved if Jesse and/or Gabrielle had gotten their own books (beyond TVL and QotD)

Jesse Reeves from www.vampirebibliographica.com

A preview:

“I’m sorry, Maharet,” she whispered again softly. She had to go. Her journey was nearly ended.” - Anne Rice, The Queen of the Damned

Jesse Miriam Reeves was born to greatness, though she did not realise it for a large portion of her life. She was also born under a bad sign, and the beginnings of her life do not hint at the momentous path her life would follow later. Her mother was killed in an accident which should have taken her life as well, but by a miracle she was discovered by the wreckage and taken away, having been aborted from the womb of her seven months pregnant mother. Little did she know it at the time, but her arrival at the hospital was met two weeks later with that of an immensely powerful creature, one of the most powerful in a world that contained far more power than she could ever imagine. Maharet gave the child a name and sent her to live with distant relatives, Matthew and Maria Godwin.

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