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A Bloodless Read-Blood Diva Book Review

I was hoping that after the unfortunate success of the bloodless Twilight series, that the vampire genre was slowly receding and waiting to be replaced by another genre of the moment book.

I was wrong.

As I wrote last Sunday, I was given  VM Gautier’s new book, Blood Diva at the Brooklyn Book Fair. I’m glad I did not have to pay for it, it is not worth the paper it is printed on.

1847,  Marie Duplessis is Paris’s most famous and celebrated courtesan. She is also dying from consumption. VM Gautier imagines that instead of dying a natural death, Marie is reborn as a vampire. In present day New York City, she calls herself Alphonsine.  She has fallen in love with with a young man who she believes to be the reincarnation of her lost love.  Marie/Alphonsine finds herself torn between her Vampiric past and the future she may have with this mortal man.

This book is Anne Rice meets Twilight meets Fifty Shades Of Grey. If I felt like I was being kind to the author, I would say I was underwhelmed. If I felt like I was being blunt, I would say that the book is not very good. I don’t mind a sex scene in a book, but it has to be appropriate to the character and it can’t be every other chapter, which is what the author does.   This book may be someone’s cup of tea, but it’s not mine.

I do not recommend this book.

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The Critics Were Wrong-Queen Of The Damned (2002)

In 2002, the late singer Aaliyah was expanding her career to become an actor as well as a singer.

Tragically, she was only able to start her movie career before she died in a plane crash.

One of the movies she starred in was Queen Of The Damned, based on the Anne Rice novel.

Lestat De Lioncourt (Stuart Townsend) has been a vampire for several centuries. Woken up by modern rock music, he becomes the front man for a rock and roll band. Jesse Reeves (Marguerite Moreau) has become fascinated by Lestat and begins to study his past, despite the danger.  Lestat’s music reaches the ears of the first vampire, Akasha (Aaliyah) and wakes her up from her centuries long sleep.

To be fair, I have never read any of Anne Rice’s novels, so I am just going by the movie.

It was sort of campy with a little danger factor thrown in. But it was a fun movie, the type that a moviegoer could loose themselves in for a few hours.

Were the critics wrong? Yes and no.

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