Thursday, January 14, 2010

More on Vampire Apocalypses

A recent addition to the vampire apocalypse genre is Daybreakers (2009), set in an alternate future in which the vampires have taken over and enslaved the remnants of humanity as a food source.

Andrew's written a great little review of the film.

Its premise is slightly reminiscent of an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer called "The Wish", which, in turn, echoes a plot device used in Blade (1998).

However, the blood-farming motif had already been used as far back as 1979, in Rod Hardy's Thirst.

As a general entry into the Vampire Apocalypse genre, I should also mention E. E. Knight's "Vampire Earth" series (2003- ), which chronicles humanity's subjugation by a race of extraterrestrials called Kurians, who prolong their lifespans by draining people of their "vital aura".

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