Thursday, October 22, 2009

Gay Vampires

Ok, so this take is for a good friend of mine who apparently really wants to know what I think of gay vampires. I'm at odds as to why THEY even have a take on gay vampires.

Vampires were once, in days long since past, viewed as creatures of legend. They were mythical beings that striked fear into the hearts of everyone. I'm sure Dracula helped to ease those fears alot . . . not. There were dangerous villians of the night, who came out to suck the blood dry of innocent and beautiful women. They feared silver, were repulsed by garlic, and couldn't stand the sunlight.

But these days, our world, especially our teens, take a much more different view on these vampires. If you go into a Borders, almost every single book in the young adult section is about vampires. There are multiple vampire TV shows, and countless vampire-oriented anime and manga. But none of them seem to have any effect other than to make teen girls all over the world squeal. Sexy vampires babes, the new sensation.

Now here comes the ringer, someone got it into their mind to introduce a whole new kind of vampire into the world, the gay vampire. Don't get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing in the world against gys and would gladly fight for their rights anyday, but that is beside the point. Who in their right mind is going to fear a gay vampire? (Other than a homophobe?) I have never met a gay man that has any wish to become overly violent and scary, and I just don't know how it works.

There are several gay vampire characters in books and manga these days including (but not limited to): Damien and Jack of the House of Night series, the manga Until the Full Moon, and some even go so far as to argue that Edward Cullen is a gay vampire. (I don't know if this is because the don't like him or they just think he's queer, but that's for a whole nother Take.)

Does that mean males are the new generation of vampire prey? I personally don't know.

As funny as I think they might be, my take on this is that gay vampires are pointless, and are clearly nothing more than a spat of boredom from the mind of some guy sitting in the basement of his mother's house having never been on a date with a pretty girl. The original vampires of legend were scary, and fun to hear about, and I want them back.

Seriously, if gay vampires don't run around all day and night terrorizing innocent people and sucking handsome men dry, what the hell do the do ith themselves? They have no choice but to become average members of society. And that, is no fun at all.

This is my take, now go and make your own!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


For some, anime is a way of life, for others, simply entertainment. Others argue it is an excuse not to read a book. To them I say, manga are hardly books. Don't get me wrong, i'm an avid reader of both, but don't come arguing to me that a bunch of pictues bound together is a manga.

So here's my take on anime, it's not just a cartoon, it's a form of art. And those who demote it with such a name as cartoon clearly don't understand how much work and artistic skilll go into creating an anime. They are beautiful, and if i could draw half so well, I wouldn't be sitting in this desk chair right now questioning my own sanity.

The hardest part though, is if an anime is based off a previously created manga. Then, there is the challenge of keeping to the original story, while still filling the entertainment need of others. But most do well.

If you really want to read my take on an specific anime, don't hesitate to let me know. I've seen so many series out there, i've probably at least heard of the one you might want. And if i haven't seen it myself, i'm sure i'll find a way to.

This is my take, now make your own!