Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ramblin' Man

Just came across another Twilight-centric study on Amazon, to be released on November 3. This one's called The Twilight Mystique: Critical Essays on the Novels and Films.

If I can be bothered, I'll get around to compiling a list of studies on Twilight. And presuming there's a decent number out there. We'll see.

Yeah, I bet you can sense my lack of real interest. Heh heh. However, I'll give those books credit for something: thanks to their pop culture infiltration, there seems to be an increase in the publication of the books about vampires. Woohoo!

However, it's disenchanting to see that not many of these are be meaty studies of the field. Just the usual regurgitations on vampire history and the literature and film stuff. Ah wells.

At least, in the English-speaking world. If you shuffle over to Niels' Magia Posthuma, you'll see some seemingly interesting publications (see here and here) in German. It's a real shame that the majority of this stuff doesn't get translated into English more often. Practically none of it, actually.

In fact, the most recent translation of any vampire non-fiction book I can think of, off the top of my head, is Claude Lecouteux's The Secret History of Vampires: Their Multiple Forms and Hidden Purposes (2010), which was originally published in French as Histoire des Vampires : Autopsie d'un mythe (1999). While it has some interesting references, it's also pretty damn incoherent in structure. It just seems to jump all over the place.

Really, that's the best book we make available in English? Come on!


Taliesin_ttlg said...

Just to mention - on the serious book level - I have picked up secret history... Zombies, Vampires and Philosophy and the Darkling (as well as Kane's book, as you saw over at TMtV)... the birthday fairy was good to me.

They are now in the ever increasing pile of to reads, along with about 30-40 fiction vampire books. Eventually, however, I will share my thoughts over yonder.

Anthony Hogg said...

Something I should give you a head's up, concerning Zombies, Vampires (etc.), which you can read here.

As to the Darkling, that can only be Jan L. Perkowski's 1989 book. The birthday fairy did indeed bestow you with some excellent treats there!

Certainly looking forward to reading your thoughts on those tomes!

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