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Pop culture throw down: Interview with a Vampire vs. Twilight

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Anne Rice, author of "Interview with a Vampire" — arguably the early genesis of popular culture's obsession with vampires — has sunk her teeth into a new controversy over author Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series.

Poking fun at the franchise and the opening of its fourth film (in wide release on Nov. 18), Rice lamented the lack of "gravitas" about Meyer's vampires in a Facebook post. Rice wrote that her vampires "would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town — anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged."


The quibble brings us back to the question: what is it with these vampires that they seem to possess marketing immortality? Are we just drawn to powerful, almost immortal, always in control, and incredibly desirable characters during hard economic times? Are the different vampires geared towards different audiences (children vs. adult) and do they symbolize different things? Call in with your thoughts and your vote, for team Rice or team Twilight.


Donovan Gwinner, associate professor of English at Aurora University, where he teaches the class "Got Blood? Vampires in Literature, Film and Popular Culture"