Saturday, 7 August 2010
Review: Vampire Lovers by Gavin Baddeley
Format: Large paperback
Released: July 2010
Grade rating: A-
A new generation lost their hearts to the romantic lure of the vampire genre with Robert Pattinson's soulful vampire Edward Cullen. Vampire Lovers is for all those whose thirst remains unsated. This heady history of undead pin-ups who have stalked our screens and made mortal hearts race is irresistibly illustrated with more than 100 lavish photographs, examining each of the mesmerising performers who have taken on the role of leading vampire.
Vampire Lovers is a brilliant resource for fans of the undead in TV and film. It's contemporary and well-researched, and is so up to date that Damon from The Vampire Diaries even has his own section. There are more than enough swoonworthy colour photos to keep you going, as well as an introduction and afterword that expand on the history of vampires on the silver screen.
Also joining the lovely Damon are popular modern vampires like Eric from True Blood, Mitchell from Being Human and Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga. More known undead icons like Angel and Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer get worthy coverage too (really, what kind of vampire book *wouldn't* include Joss's creations?!), before you get to the truly iconic classics such as Christopher Lee and Bela Lugosi as different incarnations of Dracula. Fear not though, male readers - this book isn't just for girls. Kate Beckinsale and Salma Hayek also grace the pages, making Vampire Lovers an appealing source to both genders.
Each character's section gives an overview of their role and the history of their movie or TV show, complete with select quotes and high quality image stills. So, if you want to know about the story of Dark Shadows, or why Selene from Underworld kicks so much ass, then you've come to the right place. What you won't find are vampires unworthy of a 'pin-up' status, which means there isn't a mention of the lovely looking Nosferatu!
Character profiles might have been a fun extra to include, along with a few more quotes from each of the chosen vamps. Also, a mention of short-lived TV shows Moonlight and Blood Ties wouldn't have gone amiss - who's more pin-up worthy than Alex O'Loughlin, Jason Dohring and Kyle Schmid?
I really enjoyed reading Vampire Lovers, and I know I'll definitely be dipping into it whenever I need a pop culture fang fix. I'm a firm believer that you can never have too many books about the undead so, publishers - keep them coming!