When Anne Rice exploded onto the literary scene with the tales of the vampire Lestat, a new genre took flight. Her series dominated the bestseller charts for the years that followed, until she abandoned her New Orleans mansion, and the dark tales that haunted those shadowed hallways. Lestat and his kindred lay quietly in their silk lined coffins waiting for a new dark night.
In 2005 they walked again with the release of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight, and the popularity of that novel and the books and movies that followed, breathed new life into the undead and the forces of darkness.
When Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, he decided to use the journal as his guide and reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth and near-death of our nation. Although Abraham Lincoln is widely revered for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. (more…)
Vampires are hot. We’ve known this way before Rob Pattinson ever donned glitter in Twilight (Bela Lugosi might not have inspired the shrieks of tweens nationwide, but hey, he still pulled it off, Hungarian accent and all). But mutant humans? I’m not so sure. But with news breaking this morning that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke might direct the adaptation of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series — which follows a group of teens that are half-bird, half-human — I’m beginning to wonder if the movie has the potential to be the next Twilight. The two series certainly have a lot in common: they’re both fantasy series, they both revolve around teens, and they both boast a strong adult following as well (not to mention the fact that the family of half-bird, half-humans, called the Flocks, lives in a remote house. And have human-wolf hybrids as enemies).
But every teen-centric novel adaptation needs a heartthrob. So which hotties should play Maximum Ride, the series’ main female character, and Fang, Max’s strong right-hand man-bird?
(Popwatch, Mar. 17, Kate Ward)
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