Get A Master’s Degree In Vampire Literature?

TrueBloodLucy Tobin writes in the Guardian:

Robert Pattinson has a lot to answer for. Ever since his lanky frame immortalised Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight character Edward Cullen with an American twang, all the vampires of the world seem to have lost their British passports. Those populating Bon Temps, the fictional town in Louisiana that is the setting for TV drama True Blood, have a southern American drawl. Meanwhile Mystic Falls, Virginia, where The Vampire Diaries is set, is a long way from the London and Whitby homes of the most famous vampire of all: Count Dracula.

But watch out, bloodsuckers: the Brits want to bring you home. Academics at the University of Hertfordshire are organising a conference that will serve ketchup-smothered food (it’s tastier than blood) from coffins, all in the name of putting British vampire fiction back on the map. It’s the brainchild of Dr Sam George, a lecturer in English literature at Hertfordshire who is fascinated by vampires and keen to use them to make literature exciting.

“British actors have traditionally been cast as vampires on screen, but recently they’re all American, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Twilight. I aim to turn the focus back to the texts, which are mainly English, and what they say about our society,” George explains. “I wanted to put them in the setting of a rigorous academic conference on vampire fiction to prove that you can study popular literature in a serious way.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/caramelcorpse Schweí K. Übersteigen

    Fucking ridiculous.. Assholes are trying to make it more socially acceptable to be an idiot! Must everything be so dumbed-down now!? Has it really gotten this bad!? ..God dammit!

  • Spooky

    I don’t care what nationality a vampire’s actor is, provided that it either makes sense for the character, or the actor can do a half decent accent. Who cares if they’re British? If there was a film about a vampire set in Africa and based on folk tales from the area it was shot in, would they still demand it be portrayed by a British actor? It’s not the nationality that’s important, it’s the context…and that it have nothing to do with Twilight. Vampires are fine, whatever those things are, is not. Though I think it’s more her “writing” and “stories” that make them insufferable, I don’t like vampires with sparkly nethers on principle, but i’d be willing to go for some suspension of disbelief if you half explained why.

  • Spooky

    I don’t care what nationality a vampire’s actor is, provided that it either makes sense for the character, or the actor can do a half decent accent. Who cares if they’re British? If there was a film about a vampire set in Africa and based on folk tales from the area it was shot in, would they still demand it be portrayed by a British actor? It’s not the nationality that’s important, it’s the context…and that it have nothing to do with Twilight. Vampires are fine, whatever those things are, is not. Though I think it’s more her “writing” and “stories” that make them insufferable, I don’t like vampires with sparkly nethers on principle, but i’d be willing to go for some suspension of disbelief if you half explained why.

  • Spooky

    I don't care what nationality a vampire's actor is, provided that it either makes sense for the character, or the actor can do a half decent accent. Who cares if they're British? If there was a film about a vampire set in Africa and based on folk tales from the area it was shot in, would they still demand it be portrayed by a British actor? It's not the nationality that's important, it's the context…and that it have nothing to do with Twilight. Vampires are fine, whatever those things are, is not. Though I think it's more her “writing” and “stories” that make them insufferable, I don't like vampires with sparkly nethers on principle, but i'd be willing to go for some suspension of disbelief if you half explained why.

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    I know there is a degree in Beatles studies, which is ridiculous!

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