Video: True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Surprises Anne Rice

April 20, 2012

Our Fave Werewolf Drops in on Author at Book Signing:

Joe Manganiello HBO promoIt is probably a safe assumption to say that the many True Blood fans have heard of world famous, American horror author Anne Rice. Mrs. Rice is known for her vamp fiction works, including Interview with the Vampire, one of her most famous works. She has brought the world of vamp fiction to the lives of millions of people and she continues to turn out work at a steady pace. Her newest novel, The Wolf Gift, depicts the story of Ruben Golding, a San Fransisco journalist who is turned into a werewolf. As a fan of Mrs. Rice, True Blood’s Joe Manganiello, who plays werewolf Alcide Herveaux was excited to take the opportunity to drop in on the author at a recent book signing.

Mrs. Rice was completely surprised and they both appeared to be quite big fans of each other’s work. Manganiello towered over nearly everyone in the book store as he surprised fans and walked Mrs. Rice to the stage. He’s so tall! Check out the videos below:

Joe Manganiello surprises Anne Rice with flowers:

Joe Manganellio escorts Anne to her Wolf Gift signing:

A Message from Joe Manganellio:

Sources: http://annerice.com/ and youtube.com

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Hollywood Jane On Why Vampires Suck!

July 2, 2009

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And what a rant Ms. Jane went on to let us know how unhappy she was with the modern as she refers to it, “neutered” vampire.  Obviously, I am going to disagree.

I don’t have a degree in vampires 101, but I have been a “fanpire” and horror fan since I was a kid.  I grew up on the early vampire classic’s in TV and books.  I went from reading Nancy Drew  to  Stephen King’s  “Salem’s Lot”.  I even ran home from school to watch the original “Dark Shadows”. Yes some of the vampires in recent history have been tamed a bit to capture a younger audience (not every mom is like mine and hands her kid Salem’s Lot to read). I “sucked up” (yes, I know, couldn’t resist) every moment of that book.

To quote “Hollywood Jane”and who she blames:
“ I blame Anne Rice.  Never mind that I’ve never read any of her books, and my knowledge of her basically stops after, “wrote about vampires, found religion, wrote about Jesus.” She started it, this whole vampire craze. I used to be a fan, but enough is enough. Sure, vampires have been popular fodder for ages, but once you slap a pair of fangs on Brad Pitt, you can kiss the scary bit goodbye.”

Ms. Jane writes about what she calls “the vampire standards”.  “There used to be rules. No sun, no garlic, a stake to the heart and kaput. Burnings were good, as were decapitations (both methods derived from the habits of Vlad III of Wallachia), and you were safe so long as God was your co-pilot. Vampires were evil, blood-sucking fiends from places like Romania, they owned castles and could turn into bats. They lived in shadows. They had style, but not necessarily sex appeal”

Vampires have always had an allure and sex appeal although we may not have  admitted it to ourselves.  It is not a coincidence that a majority of vampire fans are women. Who would not want to be courted by an elite, overpowering, eternal lover? The allure of vampires in the 19th and early 20th centuries was the covert permission they granted women to have a sexual relationship without blame to themselves. The victim was mezmerized or glamoured and then attacked, clearly not in control of herself even if she later sought the vampire on her own. Other than in the earliest, most ancient folklore, when vampires were based on Vlad the Impaler, a man who chopped off heads and stuck them on pikes and burned people alive in their homes, vampires were always seductive beings. How else can they feed easily without hunting like werewolves? I don’t remember any vampires being described as overweight and unattractive. Do You?

There have been ugly screen vampires, Nosferatu prime among them. As for monstrous in behavior, it always existed even in Anne Rice vampire novels. Was Claudia “fixed”? She used her childlike nature to lure in her meals.  Lestat was selfish, vein and menacing.  If you read most vampire novels and follow movies both old and new, vampires still had attachments to their human selves.

I do not love every portrayal of vampires, but we must remember they are mythological creatures created in folk lore. Therefore they can be changed with the creative view of the author inventing the world that surrounds them. Dear Ms. Jane, STOP BEING SUCH A CYNIC!!

To read more of  Hollywood Jane’s critique:
hollywoodjane.com

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Anne Rice Weighs In On True Blood and Twilight

June 28, 2009

Aaron Tellock on examiner.com had a question and answer with Anne Rice.  If you are anne_rice2wikiunfamiliar, Anne Rice’s novels beginning with “Interview With The Vampire” defined a genre of change in the way we saw vampires.  It also inspired an entire subculture although already existing to, OK I will say it, come out of the coffin. I have been a vampire and horror fan since I was young, I actually ran home from school in second grade to watch “Dark Shadows”.  Alright So I was a little freak but hey if you are reading this you have all joined my ranks.

In the question and answer Ms. Rice not only talks about the popularity of her books but, weighs in on her opinion of  True Blood and Twilight.

Here is an excerpt talking about both series:

“Q: What do you think about the direction that the vampire legend has taken over the past few years?”

On Twilight Ms. Rice states: “I am intrigued by the direction the vampire legend has taken. I think the teen vampire romance, Twilight, was a curious film in many respects, one obviously made for 12 year olds, and it presents a very tame picture of the vampire and one that does not entirely make sense. We are to believe that a group of immortals choose to live in a tiny town rather than a metropolis, and that they go to high school over and over again, which certainly sounds horrible. But obviously this appeals to very young kids and the vampire, Edward, is charming, and strong, and is a powerful metaphor for the outsider and also he represents what teenagers dream of: a boyfriend who is really deep and caring and powerful and protective. In a way, it is about a young girl’s desire for an older man.”

As for True Blood:
True Blood“, the HBO series, is infinitely more complex. The show is clever, satirical and yet deeply involving. It is full of humor and yet its characters have tender and emotional scenes. I find it very engaging and fun to watch. Obviously it has too much sex and violence for very young teens. But for an adult audience, it is an amazing development in the vampire mythology, putting the vampires right into the mainstream of the modern world. I like the show. I think the vampire Bill is the usual metaphor for the outsider and the sensitive outcast who suffers. He’s excellent.”

Now do not fang the messenger I am just bringing the excerpts of her article, if you read both responses she is not slamming the series she just feels that the vampires of “Twilight” just present a much tamer version of the vampire genre which would appeal to young teens. And also says that True Blood is meant for a more mature audience because it has too much sex and violence for the younger teens.

None of this says that both series cannot be enjoyed by everyone but… well… you all know where I weigh in. I just love my True Blood.

To read the full article go to:

Milwaukee Examiner.com

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