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Review: A Selection of 2011’s Vampires

Posted by Hannah Priest on August 15, 2011 in Dr Hannah Priest, Guest Blog tagged with , , , , ,

By now, most readers will be familiar with the assertions by publishers, writers, bloggers and reviewers that the trend for vampire fiction is coming to an end. However, 2011 has seen a number of new vampire titles so far. Today’s post is a selection of recent offerings. It is not intended to be a definitive comment on the current state of the genre, but rather a review of some vampire titles that are currently gracing the (physical and virtual) bookshop shelves. First up is Scott G. Mariani’s Uprising. First published in 2010 (with Mariani writing under the name Sean McCabe), by Harp

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Teaching A-Level Gothic

Posted by Hannah Priest on July 26, 2011 in Dr Hannah Priest, Guest Blog tagged with , , ,

This post explores some of the frustrations I have had when working with pupils who are sitting a particular A-Level English Literature exam, which contains a module entitled ‘Elements of the Gothic’. It is intended to provoke discussion, but I apologise if it veers towards polemic. I should also note that it is a criticism of a syllabus – not of teaching practice and method.

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What’s Wrong With Sparkly Vampires?

Posted by Hannah Priest on July 20, 2011 in Dr Hannah Priest, Guest Blog tagged with , , ,

In my previous post on this blog, I credited Stephenie Meyer with helping to create a new sub-genre of speculative fiction: YA paranormal romance. Today, I would like to consider one of her other, somewhat more controversial, creations: the sparkly vampire. When Twilight’s Edward Cullen walks in the sunshine, his skin glitters as though covered in precious gemstones. Little about the Twilight novels evokes such a vehement response – from both readers and non-readers alike – as the vampire that sparkles. But what is it that is making vampire fans so angry?

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The New Vampires?: The Rise of the Fallen Angel

Posted by Hannah Priest on July 17, 2011 in Dr Hannah Priest, Guest Blog tagged with , , , ,

Since the 2005 release of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, the genre of young adult paranormal romance has, to put it mildly, flourished. Meyer's work is credited by some as creating (or at least cementing the creation of) a new genre – the YA dark romance. As many reviewers and critics have commented (grumbled?), vampires have become ubiquitous.