The Investigative Vampire

The current vampire trend, throws more of a romantic side to vampires. However, considering these vampires are often immortal, they probably need to do something with their time. Guess what, a vampires routine isn’t just wake up from sleeping in a coffin, go out, drink blood, have sex and then go back to bed- Trying extremely hard not to go down the route of going into what the Twilight plot line is about, because I have a feeling if I do this too much, I will have a bunch of screaming fan girls hunting me down. Although if they bring pitch forks and torches, I will be impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I think the Twilight books are pretty good, I just don’t understand why it has turned human girls bloodthirsty.

There are two series that show an investigative side to the vampire race (ok there are probably more, pretty sure Mona the Vampire is another one)

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Bloodties is a programme based on Tanya Huff’s Blood Book series, which follows Private Investigator Vicky Nelson, who stumbles into the world of the supernatural, while investigating a murder. Enter *fan girl scream* Henry Fitzroy. The swoon worthy vampire, who also happens to be Henry VIII’s bastard son… Good looks, awesome personality, Romance writer/graphic novelist* royal lineage AND he’s a vampire. Marry me!

*He’s a romance writer in the books, graphic novelist in the TV Series

Henry, soon tags along with Vicky helping her solve the murder discovering it might have something to do with the supernatural. The murder victim was drained of his blood, the woman- Coreen, who becomes soon becomes a main character in the TV series-  who hired Vicky believes it was a vampire.

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It starts to get awkward talking about the plot line as the TV series and the Book Series have differences. I put it down to the books been that descriptive and in depth that the TV series couldn’t fit all of it in. But, both seem to get across that Vicki is this kick ass female, who even despite deteriorating eye sight- Retinitis pigmentosa, a condition where at the start of the series she is slowly starting to loose her night vision. The characters tend to remind her of their worry that with her condition she could get herself hurt but Vicki goes about fighting to finish her work. YEAH! US FEMALES CAN STILL KICK SUPERNATURAL ASS EVEN WITH POOR EYE SIGHT! The pairing of Vicki and Henry go together well, these vampires can’t go out in sunlight. Henry can work night, Vicki can work day. And meet together sometime in between. Although I have mentioned Vicki’s personality, she does go out at night too.

One thing what I love Tanya Huff for, is that she has given us a vampire who is actually comfortable with who he is- Someone please give Tanya Huff a hug- Henry doesn’t kill his victims and also only drinks from willing participants, usually when having sex… Sexy time with Henry Fitzroy :3

Henry’s blood drinking means Bambi survives, we have a good vampire and there is less crying in the corner thinking, “Oh God I’ll kill you… But I need blood,” So yes we lose that whole internal argument. The vampires in the Blood Books are territorial, so there isn’t much room for a plot of, “You attacked/are trying to hunt my human! You must die!”… That sort of sounded cavemanish… Vampires tend to stay away from other vampires, or else mass conflict will start out- unfortunately this fact becomes more important near the end of the series…

These books were first published in the 1990’s so, maybe majority of vampires have come down with a severe case of low self esteem and depression as soon as the century turned. Henry if you are out there, please do not have changed! But yes these books are older than Twilight and all those other new vampire books.

I recommend reading the books. Honestly, I couldn’t put them down. Or at least watching the TV series although unfortunately, it wasn’t renewed after it’s first season… I’m going to go cry now.

To read the start of the first book- Blood Price, http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Price-Investigator-Otherworldly-Specialty/dp/0886774713/ref=cm_lmf_tit_1

Blood Ties Promo

Moonlight

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This is a TV series, like Bloodties it only survived one season. At Well Did you Evah, this is more Natarii’s favourite- I take the side of Bloodties. I found it a bit monotone.

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The Series focuses on vampire Mick St. John, who is also a Private Investigator, as he bumps into journalist Beth Turner, while investigating a crime where a lady was drained of blood. It is soon revealed that because of Mick’s ex wife, he and Beth actually have a past together- before anyone jumps to this conclusion, Beth was a Kid at the time and NO it isn’t that type of programme. Mick is a gentleman. The backstory connecting the two characters gives the plot line an interesting twist. Blood drinking wise, these vampires keep a fridge of blood in their, in most occasions, ultra expensive and modernly decorated apartments. Another, interesting thing about these vampires… they sleep in freezers. Oh come on it’s not that strange, how many times have you wanted to do that in the middle of summer?

Character Beth Turner is another strong female, willing to face anything, including death. Proving again, in a female plus vampire story, a woman won’t just fall for the seductive charm and good looks of a vampire.

Unlike Bloodties, this programme this one more focuses on the life of Mick St John and crimes committed by vampires. It carries this on well, with an impressive plot line that doesn’t stray from the fact that in the centre of this programme is Mick and Beth. You aren’t overloaded with characters, and questioning wait, “Where did he come from?”

The Trailer for Moonlight

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