Dratted vampires (was Re: Roger's Intro)

ROSLYN rosgross at bigpond.net.au
Thu Dec 9 01:44:02 EST 2004

>> You could have tried "Is there anything even remotely vampirical or
>> vampiroid or whatever the word ought to be in DWJ's work?" and got us
>> started on whether leaning on someone else the way Nick in *Deep Secret* 
>> or
>> Grundo in *The Merlin Conspiracy* does, or Gwendoline in *Charmed Life*, 
>> is
>> in some way related, a sort of psychic vampirism.
> Hm.. What about Gwendolen? She's probably the closest, that I can think
> of. But she's really more in a different folk tradition, the stealing of
> someone's *power*, not life, even though it's Cat's lives she's playing
> with.
> -- J. who finds vampires generally boring and adolescent generally,
> and is Deeply Disturbed that Robin McKinley felt the need to write about 
> them
> -- 
> -- Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, Knowledge Pika

I really enjoyed that book. I do agree, though, that the way that vampires 
are so commonly written about now, especially in dark fantasy novels (with 
the vampire being just another kind of sexy human) they *are* boring. I felt 
that in Rosbin McKinley's _Sunshine_ there was a genuine, disturbing 
alienness about the vampires, even the one.....


...whom the main character befriends.



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