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1 octobre 2010 5 01 /10 /octobre /2010 22:03

TEACHERS' LOUNGE

As usual, the VAMPIRES page on Michelle Henry's precious  website  provides  you  numerous  resources...  but    not   the   ones    I'm recommending   now   (I've   just   checked :-) : "Bloody Vampires !"  displays a  brief  webography  which includes  the 5 articles / hilarious video / graph parody that I've been selecting today...  I do hope you'll enjoy them !

"Stephen  King  explains  how  to  make  vampires   'scary again' "

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  [...] "Here's what vampires shouldn't be : pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and work only at night ; lovelorn southern gentlemen ; anorexic teenage girls ; boy-toys with big dewy eyes," writes Stephen King in the introduction to his move into original comic book writing, American Vampire.  "What should they be ? Killers, honey."  [...]  from                    'The Guardian' - September 30, 2010      

 

Many teachers have had their students study "Twilight", "Dracula", "Interview with a vampire" or other 'vampire stories'... and the students did enjoy the subject ! Here are a few articles on this fad for vampire stories, be they books or films. I think these articles are quite interesting... hope you'll enyoy them as much as I did ;o)

 "Vampires Suck - Actually, They don't. And That's the Problem" 

by Grady Hendrix - on Slate (July 28, 2009)

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"Vampire Literature : the Crisis of Being Human"

October 31, 2009 - fro'Battleofideas' website

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"Why Vampires Never Die"

from the 'New York Times' - OpEd by G. Del Toro & C. Hogan (July 30, 2009)

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 "University  Conference  Sinks  its  Teeth  into  Vampire Fiction" 

  A university lecturer hopes the undead can liven up English literature for the 'Twilight' generation.

from 'The Guardian' (April 6, 2010)
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And if you can't stand them any more... have a good laugh with this funny trailer from "Vampires sucks" -a parody  film :

As English teachers  write  rather academic English I  wonder  whether  I ought to let such a film title show up here...  just joking, for the film is too funny not to mention it   

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Eventually click on this graph to view one of the latest vampire novelists's know-how 

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There is a small spelling mistake in this bar chart : it is in the bars caption : can you find it ?!

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<br /> Good morning!<br /> I'm an English teacher in high school in Haute-Savoie and it's my second year in high school (5 years in junior high before that).<br /> I got the address of your blog in the newsletter of the Rouen Academy and I must say it is just amazing!! I've already had a very good laugh with the fake Twilight trailer (which I'm going to use<br /> in class, that's for sure!) and I've dived back into the depths of Inception. I think I'll spend a lot of time on your blog in the next few days!<br /> I just have one question: the newsletter said you created a B1 unit on vampires. Was it talking about the documents only or is there any other thing I should see? (I've just found the docs so<br /> far)<br /> I haven't had time to see if you've already talked about it in this blog but there's a trailer about "Zeroes" (mocking the series "Heroes") and it's very good as well. Here's the address if you're<br /> interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWJJBwKhvp4<br /> Thanks again for this wonderful blog.<br /> Céline<br /> <br /> <br />
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<br /> <br /> Hi Céline,<br /> <br /> <br /> I haven't read the Rouen newsletter, but here, I've selected articles questioning the fad for vampires in literature and in the cinema too (didn't mention any 'B1 unit'). Thanks for your<br /> enthusiasm and for complimenting, this fuels my efforts <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />