アメリカ人はヴァンパイアがお好き

USでヴァンパイア熱が高まっているらしい。
ジョニー・デップのTV番組Dark Shadowsへの出演が決まり、Stephenie Meyerのヴァンパイアもの最新刊Eclipse (Twilight Saga)が8月に出ると、同時に出たハリーポッターを抜くヒットになった。
Inside Bay Area – Bloodthirsty fictional creatures of the night
A bloodthirsty private eye rules Friday night TV. Johnny Depp just signed on to the upcoming “Dark Shadows” flick. And Stephenie Meyer’s newest vampire tale, which hit bookstores in August, knocked Harry Potter off his best-seller perch the day it was published.
関連記事で、今までの吸血鬼系代表作が紹介されてるけど。
Inside Bay Area – Vampires in history: The good, the bad and the bloodthirsty
アン・ライスのLestatが入ってるのは当然として。
(やっぱり夜明けのヴァンパイア (ハヤカワ文庫NV)だよなあ、まずは。映画になったインタビュー・ウィズ・ヴァンパイアを見に行ったときは何でこんな映画にコムスメが大行列してるんだ、とびっくりしたけど、Brad Pittってやつが人気あるんだ、とこの時はじめて知った。このヒト、僕と日本で言う同学年みたいね。)
んで、なんでロスト・ソウルズ(Poppy Z. Brite)が入ってないんだ。やっぱ、ニュー・オーリーンズだよなあ。だいぶ立ち直ってきたみたいだし。

呪われた天使、ヴィットーリオ
アン・ライス (著)
# 文庫: 373ページ
# 出版社: 扶桑社 (2003/9/30)
# ISBN-10: 4594041515
# ISBN-13: 978-4594041519
# 発売日: 2003/9/30
# 商品の寸法: 15.4 x 10.6 x 1.2 cm


– Dracula (1897): Told in a series of diary entries and letters, Bram Stoker’s still-popular gothic novel introduced the spooky Transylvanian count to a shivering, worldwide audience. The story was made into a movie starring Bela Lugosi in 1931. Verdict: Bloodsuckingly evil.
– Count Graf Orlock (1922): The original German expressionist film “Nosferatu” was an unauthorized reimagining of Stoker’s “Dracula,” with a ghastly Nosferatu. The movie was remade by Werner Herzog in 1979. Verdict: Evil — and creepy too.
– Barnabas Collins (1966-71): The gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows” introduced a 175-year-old vampire in a bid to stanch ratings bleed. Jonathan Frid’s Barnabas Collins became one of the 1,200-episode series’ most popular characters. Johnny Depp is expected to play the vampire patriarch in an upcoming movie version. Verdict: Irresistible.
– Blade (1973-2005): This Marvel Comics hero — and star of three movies — is a vampire hunter, but it is his own vampire blood enzymes that make him a superhero with immense strength, stamina, speed and supernatural sensing abilities. Plus, he plays jazz trumpet. Verdict: Very, very good.
– Lestat (1976-2003): The hero of Anne Rice’s best-selling Vampire Chronicles, French nobleman and vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, tells his story against a backdrop that includes the 18th-century Parisian courts and San Francisco concert halls.
The book was made into a movie starring Tom Cruise in 1994. Verdict: While we don’t condone the bloodsucking, Rice’s Lestat is irresistible.
– Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003): This popular television series starred the irrepressible Sarah Michelle Gellar as a teenage vampire slayer in Los Angeles. Verdict: Vampire slayer good, slayees evil.
– Vampires Nos. 1-11 (2002): Alaska’s long nights become a feeding ground for vampires in “30 Days of Night,” starring Josh Hartnett. The movie, which opens Friday, is based on the graphic novel series by Steve Niles, published in 2002. Verdict: Very, very evil.
– Vlad Tepes (2005): Elizabeth Kostova’s best-selling debut novel, “The Historian,” weaves a complex tale about academics, vampires and the Dracula myth. The book has been optioned as a movie. Verdict: Vampires are evil but fascinating.
– Edward Cullen (2005-07): The romantic lead in Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling young-adult vampire trilogy — “Twilight,” “New Moon” and the just-published “Eclipse” — steals Bella’s (and readers’) hearts. Verdict: Not just good, but noble and sparkly too.
– Mick St. John (2007): This new television series about a crime-solving vampire launched last month. But Mick St. John (played by Alex O’Loughlin) sleeps in a freezer. He’s unswayed by garlic or crucifixes, and that daylight thing? Not such a problem. Verdict: A do-gooder who doesn’t even bite.
— Jackie Burrell

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