November: Dracula, Classic Horror and Vivien Leigh

I was looking through my Simon’s Cat diary and was quite pleased by what’s coming up over the next month. We thought it was our duty to fill you in on all the goodies that we have to look forward to.

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Friday 25th October brings Dracula to US screens. This version looks sinfully brilliant with the very pretty Jonathan Rhys Meyers playing Dracula (We drooled and squealed so much when this was announced.) Meyers is a great choice for Dracula and after seeing him a few times in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones I think he’ll pull the sexy supernatural role off very well. The trailer also looks quite amazing. I’m hoping it lives up to expectations as there seems to be a few gothic style TV Shows airing this fall/ autumn. Sleepy Hollow and Witches of East End to name a few. British fans will recognise Katie McGrath who played Morgana in BBC’s Merlin, in Dracula she plays Lucy. The 10 episode show airs in the UK on Sky Living on 31st October. This means we’ll be in for a ghoulishly good Halloween Night.

Where Horror films are concerned there’s a great film event you need to look out for at Independent cinemas. The event creatively titled Gothic: The Dark Artelsa-lanchester-bride-of-frankenstein-c10102251-1_7942 of Film runs fully at BFI London where they are showing a huge selection of old and classic horror films. Think Nosferatu Symphony of Horror, Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee Draculas and The Bride Of Frankenstein and you’re definitely on the right lines. After some checking at my local cinemas (Showroom Sheffield and City Screen York) we’ve found out that they are also showing selected films (YAY!) Obviously they don’t have the full selection but they do have some corkers. This Sunday I’ll be in York to see Nosferatu in all it’s silent glory. Showroom are running Gothic well into December so people of Yorkshire you have no excuse to miss classic horror!

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For all the films in Gothic: The Dark Art of Film visit BFI: http://www.bfi.org.uk/gothic

Vivien_Leigh_BFI5th November marks Vivien Leigh’s 100th Birthday. Me and Cat are big lovers of this golden starlet and so are making the effort to make her birthday as big as can be. BFI Southbank are also celebrating by showing her films until January 2014. They’re showing classics like Gone With The Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire along with Waterloo Bridge and The Deep Blue Sea. Keep an eye out because there’s also a few talks taking place at BFI, National Portrait Gallery (with none other than Kendra Bean, Exciting!) and one at V&A Museum on 13th November. I’m very much looking forward to all these. Those who are free on Saturday 16th or Monday 18th November can also buy tickets to have a sneak peek in the V&A archives which now contain some of Ms. Leigh’s clothing and personal affects. What a perfect month November will be!

For a more detailed list on Vivien Leigh talks and events visit http://www.vivandlarry.com This site is basically all you need for everything Vivien. It’s ran by Kendra Bean. All screening times are available here: BFI Vivien Leigh showtimes

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As you’ve been warned we will be contributing lots on Vivien Leigh throughout November. It’s our way of showing our love and appreciation. You’re welcome to get involved too!

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IT’S VAMPIRE WEEK!

Ok, it isn’t an official holiday so put way your fangs and dramatic black cape… if you really want to. If that sort of thing is normal for you then, keep doing what you are doing. For the next week, we at Well Did You Evah will be writing about something Vampire Themed  every day for a week to celebrate the anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula being Published 27th of May 1897.

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To you modern day 21st century people, yes there were vampires before Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight- Believe it or not The Vampire Diaries (Books by L.J Smith) were out before Twilight. Vampires were first created to be scary and not in the Edward Cullen – (the character played by Robert Pattinson in Twilight) style of, “Oh I need to scare you off because I am no good for you, woe is me. I want your bloood! No I keep away from me Bella!!”- I’ll stop there… The original vampires would have killed Bella on site, or they might of possibly raped her first… depends if you are taking an Anne Rice take to vampires. Well Did You Evah is celebrating a week of blood, and occasionally energy, sucking undead. As it’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula  116th  birthday! -on the 27th of May- (the book, not the author or Dracula, of course if that Dracula is real, he will be much older than that and Bram Stoker will be slightly older than that… or has someone proved if Bram Stoker was a vampire?)

The myth of the Vampire was originally created in Europe, for those who need reminding of geography there is a really unclear map, just below, just to give you an idea of where Europe is. Most of the whole area included in the map, is Europe.

europe Many where killed in belief people were actually Vampires. There are many origin stories, one suggests the idea of vampire comes from a disease what gives traits of looking like the undead. Another one comes from Romania where an high ranking woman believed if she bathed in the blood of babies she would stay young forever.

Moraine_le_vampireEach country has their own myth, but each one relates to beings who carry traits of the undead and prey on the blood of innocent humans, most older stories showed these beings as ruthless, uncaring people who seduced and killed, hence why many were killed. Many believe there are not just one type of Vampire. Psychic vampires are vampires which are believed not to bite and suck blood, but only suck the energy out of people, when coming to horror movies though it’s not really that dramatic, plus there is occasionally confusion with this type of vampire and energy sucking, “Demons,” Such as Succubus’ (Watch Lost Girl if you want to see some awesome Succubus action).

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Bram Stoker’s novel, is well known for popularising the, “Vampire Race,” Without this novel, Whitby Abbey wouldn’t be as famous, Romania wouldn’t be a Vampire hunting spot and many more vampire connections wouldn’t have made. We wouldn’t have seen Bela Lugosi perfect Dracula in the 1931 adaption, We wouldn’t have been able to drool (or in Well did you Evah’s ritual- drink Sake) watching Gary Oldman be sexy Dracula in the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And we have to mention Leslie Nielsen’s awesome and hilarious performance in Dracula: Dead and Loving it. There are hundreds of connections to Dracula, from books, to stage to TV/movies.

Although in Classics sense Dracula is the most popular fictional vampire story, it wasn’t the first. Before that there was a story about a Lesbian Vampire-  Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and  a more, “Dracula,” Like character was introduced in The Vampyre by John Polodori. Even in film Dracula wasn’t the first. The Silent Movie Nosferatu was made 1922 almost a decade before Bela Lugosi crept on our screens as Dracula.

Back to this century-  *Gets in TARDIS*

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The past few years young adult fiction have seen a more, “Friendlier,” Vampire arise, though series such as Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga, House of Night By P.C and Kristin Cast, L.J Smith’s The Vampire Diaries (becoming more popular the past few years, originally the books were released in the 1990’s) Ellen Schreiber’s Vampire Kisses series, Richelle Mead’s The Vampire Academy series, (I’ve been told to point out that this includes dhampir’s=Half Vampires). They do introduce the old roots of the bad vampire but occasionally these just pop up to ruin the romantic connection, sounds corny but most of these books are that well written it does make you cry when some thing tragic does happen. Examples in Well Did You Evah’s lives breaking down because of this happening in some of these books= Natarii with Dimitri and Rose (Vampire Academy) and Cat with Alexander and Raven (Vampire Kisses) We will cry every time, but we will still keep re-reading them.

There are some authors who have tried to stick with the more eviler vampires such as Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series (Or True Blood, if that sounds familiar but you only watch the TV series) and Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires, we will only praise Rachel Caine, I have met her twice she is a lovely lady. Dark Ink Chronicles By Elle Jasper, Night Huntress by Jeanine Frost and occasionally Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neil will throw and evil vampire readers ways.

Links to these books-

Twilight- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41865.Twilight

House of Night- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6167746-marked-betrayed-chosen-untamed

The Vampire Diaries- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/395922.The_Awakening

Vampire Kisses- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5489684-vampire-kisses

Vampire Academy-  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6339989-vampire-academy-collection

Sookie Stackhouse- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9077707-true-blood-collection

Morganville Vampires- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6571723-the-morganville-vampires-vol-1

Dark Ink Chronicles- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7832325-afterlight 

Night Huntress series- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1421990.Halfway_to_the_Grave

Chicagoland Vampires series-  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4447622-some-girls-bite

This is the reason The Dracula Book’s birthday has turned into a week! With the recent vampire hype, there are tonnes of TV, movies, books, manga/anime that can be mentioned. Natarii will be sure to do a post celebrating the Vampire Academy Movie, so look out for that, she probably has all the latest gossip and possibly the location on some of the actors/actresses involved.

Each day for the next week, we will be blogging on some thing related to Vampires, be it in book form, TV or film.

But I think I have explained enough goodbye for now…

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If you want to suggest something for us to write about, we are open for requests!

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