Saturday, March 05, 2011

Blog Birthday

Today I am five… or at least Taliesin Meets the Vampires is five years old today, which is a bit of an achievement I feel. Together we have looked at vampires of all types, dark and brooding, brutal and vicious, occasionally kind and just, some happily sociopathic and others domestically violent with sparkles.

We have seen vampires who fly, who hop and who sleep in water with their lungs out of their body. Some leave their lower half behind and some turn to mist, some owe all to Le Fanu and some to Stoker and a thousand influences in between.

There has been garlic, holy water, running water and sprinkler systems. There have been crosses, stars of David, statues of Buddha, secular vampires who scoff at your ridiculous faith, vampires as the right hand of God and those who are Gods in their own right. Stakes have penetrated hearts, eyes and some unfortunate stomach staking where the filmmakers knowledge of anatomy seems to be lacking.

There has been world class cinematography and cack-handed efforts with cameramen wandering into shot. There has been dogme, Hollywood blockbuster and animation.

There have been graphic novels and prose, words crafted with the highest skills and the occasional hack who can’t string a coherent sentence together.

Then there has been you, the reader. Some casual visitors and some regular readers; indeed some becoming firm friends. There are too many to mention individually but you know who you are.

Here’s hoping that we get another five years of fang and claw together and that the genre continues to attract, excite, challenge and horrify each and every one of us.

11 comments:

OllieMugwump said...

Many happy returns to the blog Andy ;-)

Zahir Blue said...

Happy Birthday indeed!

Taliesin_ttlg said...

cheers guys

Anon62u6ASE9 said...

May you have many more! The site is a tremendous accomplishment.

Have you read the novel The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein? It's pretty good.

Halek

RoseOfTransylvania said...

Agreed! Many happy returns!

Taliesin_ttlg said...

Thanking you both.

Halek no I haven't, Ill keep my eye out for it.

octobercynic said...

Congratulations. It is a great education as well as great entertainment to visit your site regularly. Continued happiness and success.

Everlost said...

Well played, Taliesin. First 5 years of 50! i tell people its the biggest and best review site, because it quite simply is.
paul

Taliesin_ttlg said...

cheers guys

RoseOfTransylvania said...

What, are we giving review recommendations here? How about Finnish comedy (without English subtitles!) Lepakkolinna (Bat Castle) about 19th century theatre group in Dracula´s castle. There is also Frankenstein´s monster. It is in YT but be warned - it is low-budget TV and yes, comic operetta. I enjoyed it a lot and was terrified as a kid but...

Taliesin_ttlg said...

Rose - I'm always open to recommendations.

I will keep an eye out for Lepakkolinn, it sounds fab and perhaps there are some subtitles somewhere :)