Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How does Syfy's Being Human stack up to the UK version?

From our fiend , Meredith ! Dallas is a big fan of the UK version and I'm tickled the US one looks so good!

We've seen the first three episodes of Syfy's Americanized Being Human series (a drama about a vampire, werewolf and ghost roommates). This thing has a serious shot at becoming Syfy's next hit, if they can fix a few problems. Here's the basic premise. A werewolf, vampire and a ghost all share an apartment. The werewolf and the vampire know each other from work (the vampire is a nurse and the wolf is an orderly), while the ghost is haunting their new apartment. The rest is all drama — good drama, but heaps and heaps of "When will our heroes get a break?" kind of drama. But then again, should they? After all they are "monsters" and feel the need to remind themselves of this fact in just about every episode. But more on the storylines later - let's get to the goods.

The Good:

The Script:
The best part about this series is the script. It's fresh, it's fast, and it keeps the energy high and the melodrama moving. It's exactly the kind of writing style to make a paranormal drama tale palatable for all those not fully committed to the genre. You don't have to live up to the (unfair) stereotypes surrounding True Blood, Twilight and Vampire Diaries fans to enjoy this show in one way or another. That is, if you like clever dialogue

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Review: 'The Radleys' Not Your Usual Vampire Novel Review: Suffering from vampire fatigue? 'The Radleys' is fun, fresh contribution to the genre

"The Radleys" (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, $25), by Matt Haig: I know what you're thinking: "Oh dear, another vampire novel? Yawn." But there's something irresistible about "The Radleys," Matt Haig's novel about a family of vampires living in a quiet English village.

For one thing, Helen and Peter Radley are non-practicing vampires — they don't kill humans or animals for blood — and they're not only raising their teenage children, Rowan and Clara, the same way, but they are also keeping their true nature a secret from them.

(In Haig's creation, vampires can reproduce the way the humans do, as opposed to conversion by blood-drinking. This is one of several ways the novel flaunts conventional vampire lore.)

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Bitten by vampires Woodbridge teacher turns dream into reality

Some new things to read ...

During his final years of high school, Joshua Martyr had a vivid daydream about a sentry perched in a large oak tree outside a medieval town.
“These two figures are moving through the night and he sees them from his loft,” the 29-year-old Woodbridge resident said. “They essentially pass just beneath him and he sees that they are a little bit more than human. They’re not men really, they look like them but there’s something different about them. One of them actually is aggressive and makes its way to his loft and he has an encounter there with it. After that encounter, he barely manages to survive it, he finds himself changed.”  

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First 10 min of True Blood’s season 4 will blow you away