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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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Céline 03/10/2010 10:25


Good morning!
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).
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
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!
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
far)
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
interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWJJBwKhvp4
Thanks again for this wonderful blog.
Céline


MM 03/10/2010 18:47



Hi Céline,


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
enthusiasm and for complimenting, this fuels my efforts