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Vampires (Gothic Dreams) Hardcover – Illustrated, 20 Aug 2013
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My issues are that the text pretty much ignores any vampire influences before the 1980`s; it is primarily concerned with the rise of Young Adult films and fiction, therefore a good section of the book comprises of photo-stills and promo material for TV series` like Buffy, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, etc., and the inevitable Twilight films. This leads to a lot of good and important Vamp stuff just not being represented.
The literature section also focusses predominantly on YA material (the Sookie Stackhouse novels only rating a couple of paragraphs despite being the superior basis for the TV series).
There is some fair reference to music, fashion and a section on graphic art; while this is okay, it is merely okay; a very small number of artists - mainly working in digital media - get featured, but it all seems very limited. Anne Stokes comes off best with an interview and a written foreword, but I feel that artwork is under-represented here.
I suggest "Vampire Art Now" as a better alternative if you are looking for inspirational visuals.
On the whole, it isn't a bad book, just not as good an introductory guide as it should have been. There are better books out there and if you really must have this, regard it as a supplement to them; while it doesn't set out to be comprehensive, its author could still have made a better job of it.
Check out the "look inside" option, which wasn't available when I purchased the book.
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