I had a great time at the Brisbane Writer's Festival today. I went to a talk called This Sucks: Why We Will Never Tire of Vampires, with Trent Jamieson, Kelly Link and Holly Black. I love stories of the undead, and the panel raised some interesting points about various supernatural beasties. Among other things Kelly Link mentioned that while for some reason vampires tend to be read as aristocratic (and if you're bitten by a vampire you're special, chosen, more delicious), zombies will eat anyone, indiscriminately, and are often a metaphor for a fear of the masses rising up. Holly Black (I think it was her, there was a lot of back and forth discussion) said that werewolves tend to be read as blue collar, so stories containing both vampires and werewoves have a subtext about class. I'd be interested to hear what my readers think about that idea. I was trying to think of some blue collar vampires but the only one that sprang to mind immediately was Cassidy from Preacher. I'm sure there are loads more though.
Trent Jamieson remarked that the being a zombie would be "like playing golf without the golf," ie. there would be a lot of walking and "dinner with friends".
I came away with quite a few recommendations for books to read and movies to see, and was pleased that Trent mentioned being a fan of Poppy Z. Brite's Lost Souls, because I adored her books as a teenager and was starting to think I was the only one. They didn't make me want to drink Chartreuse though, being underage and more interested in Baileys and Passion Pop.
I had budgeted to buy one book for myself at the festival and had good intentions of getting Laurie Penny's Unspeakable Things to have some a new non fiction feminist book to review for this blog, but then Kelly Link's Magic for Beginners caught my eye. The author was kind enough to sign it for me.
So it looks like you get yet more specfic. It's my blog and I'll post about undead beasties if I want to. I do have plans for reviews of biographies and some literary fiction coming up, it's just a matter of getting it all done.
While I was having lunch Kelly Link and Holly Black were at the next table trying to take pictures of themselves with an ibis who had hopped up on the table. Ladies if you should happen to read this (ha ha ha, I suppose it's possible) my apologies for being too starstruck/shy to offer to take a picture for you. I hope you got a decent one.
That wraps up the festival for me this year. Some actual reviews will follow shortly. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!