Friday, November 13, 2009

Vampires get their day in the sun

From Gaston Gazette

It seems like vampires are everywhere nowadays.

From the critically-acclaimed HBO show “True Blood” to the highly anticipated theater release of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” the second installment of Stephanie Myer’s phenomenally successful “Twilight” series, many folks have a heightened awareness of the mythical creatures.

But while it may appear that more vampires are coming out of the coffin, they’ve managed to remain a fixture of our imaginations for more than 100 years.

“Vampires are such a part of popular culture that there’s one on ‘Sesame Street’ and you have a breakfast cereal,” said Dale Koontz, a communications instructor at Cleveland Community College and author of “Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon,” which tackles the deeper issues the writer addresses in his TV shows such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

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