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Is a cooking blog the proper forum to discuss vampires? I am thinking yes. After all, if vampirism is about nothing else, it is about an oral fetish. And a sinful delight in good drink, of course.

I have just finished reading the third installment of the Twilight series. Twilight emphasizes abstention from bodily desires rather than their gratification—Edward and his clan are "vegetarians." They don't drink human blood. They survive on the blood of other animals, leaving them more or less appeased but never really satisfied. Ladies Night, on the other hand, indicates that we have a different philosophy…(the illness the next day! the cheese! the olives! the filthy molten chocolate cakes!!) Is Edward's clan appealing? Would we join it if we suddenly entered into their world?


Spoiler Alert
So Eclipse. I can't say I loved it. I think book 2 is my favorite (I hear the movie is in the works), primarily because Edward disappears for awhile, there is a lot of suffering, and Jacob emerges as the real love, and I say real because he is Bella's best friend, the person with whom she is most comfortable. Edward is as interesting as a rock. Their relationship is more about adulation. And adulation is not love.

In book 3, Jacob starts strong until Meyers turns him into a deranged, obsessive, cocky leech. My loyalty did not sway, however. I just felt him to have been misrepresented. Also, Bella's self-involvement was nauseating, and even her 'realizations' that she was being egomaniacal did little to change my overall impression of her. A shorter (by at least 300 pgs), tighter narrative with less of a panting Jacob and more of a strong-willed Bella may have made this into an acceptable book. May have!
Spoiler Over

Reading the Twilight series has made me crave more vampire narrative. And what a happy accident that Fugu posted this link to a New Yorker article on the unending appeal of vampires (you can read it here). It fondly recalls the days when vampires were purple, bloated, stinky corpses and traces their evolution into the dashing, romantic villains of contemporary literature. I think you shall enjoy it. And here's the story "The Vampyre," which the article credits with being the first real romanticized version of the vampire.

I feel we just might see more posts here about food and fiction…


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