Economic Vampires

The vampire trend, it appears, is dead. Well and truly staked. The market for vampires in pop culture is drying up, tastemakers are turning their interests elsewhere, and the new hotness is fairies and angels. Even zombies, poor dears, are lagging in the polls. It’s a tough time to be undead. But the vampire metaphor […]

Mad Mysticism, Vampirism, and Drusilla

Drusilla is one of the most interesting characters on Buffy and Angel. She flits in and out of storylines, often playing a very critical role, and she’s also one of Whedon’s Brunettes, the characters who recur over and over again in various forms in Whedon’s work. Fragile, but dangerous. Eerie, but in need of protection […]

Challenged Books: Twilight

In 2009, The Twilight Saga achieved the dubious distinction of being number five on the list of most frequently challenged books for the year. These challenges, oddly enough, were not based on a wooden, unimaginative writing style and some seriously troubling characterisations, but rather ‘religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group,’ according to the […]