The 5 Anne Rice books to introduce you to her talent

Today we are celebrating the birthday of an intriguing writer that is loved and adored by everyone who reads her literature. If you have not yet had a chance to read her work but you are looking for a great place to start, let these 5 books be your guide. Interview with the Vampire Part of The Vampire Chronicles, this book is possibly best known for the movie adaptation starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Sticking to what horror fan truly expect vampires to be, this fantastic novel is arguably what helped to cement Anne’s fame and status as a writer. Horror, seduction and a great story line come together to tell the story of vampire confessing all the things […]

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Vampires and Feminism

‘In the land of the living women’s power is limited – in the realm of the undead, which lies across and between that of the living, it might be greater’.-Linda Ruth Williams. In my opinion, October 6th, 1941 serves as a significant literary landmark, for it calls attention to the birth of Anne Rice, the acclaimed authoress predominantly renowned for her gothic fiction and erotica. Notwithstanding the popularity of The Vampire Chronicles, it can be argued that the series lacks strong female characters. With regard to Interview with a Vampire, it cannot be denied that once pitted against the overly romanticised, brooding Louis Pont du Lac, or the alluring, charismatic Lestat de Lioncourt, members of the fairer sex become almost […]

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ANNE RICE’S THE WITCHING HOUR (Comic book)

 

  Anne rice is known mostly for her books on vampires but there were other books that she wrote on other paranormal entities. One of them was turned into a comic book. “The Witching hour” was based, Anne rice’s, novel of the same name was originally published in 1992. Only 5 issues were ever published even though it had been planned as a 13 issue series. I have been unable to ascertain why they only published 5 issues instead of 13, whatever the reason, have done fans a disservice . Like the novel on which is was based, the comic book told the story of the Mayfair witches who live in New Orleans. The story starts off from the point of […]

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THE BATTLE FOR HATFIELD SQUARE

What do you get when an immovable object encounters an unstoppable force? Well, in the case of Hatfield square, it seems like that object gets demolished. Hatfield square or “The Square” as it was popularly known as, was a popular hub for students featuring bars, clubs and everything in between. All of this changed on that fateful day when Loki of Asgard, tore open a portal in the sky and the alien workmen poured out. What Loki hadn’t counted on was that his brother, Thor and his companions, The Avengers, were across the road enjoying some shawarma. The portal tore open over Dropzone and the alien horde emerged accompanied by what can only be described as strobe lights and smoke […]

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ROALD DAHL’S STORIES AND THE AGE OF CGI

Roald Dahl crafted many stories that charmed, inspired, and fascinated not only children but adults the world over. My first introduction to the works of Roald Dahl came in the form of The BFG which incidentally enough is going to be one of Steven Spielberg’s next movies. The BFG tells the story of Sophie who befriends a BFG (Big friendly Giant) whose job it is to bring dreams, which are bottled up, to sleeping children ‘s rooms every night. Their adventures together takes them far and wide and at one point they end up meeting the Queen of England in a wonderful story that, with today’s technology would really be brought to life in an extraordinary way in the cinema. […]

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Ant man

 

 The Man in the Ant Hill was a story that was published in the 1962 comic Tales to Astonish #27 and featured the first appearance of the character that would go on to be known as Ant Man. However, the first Ant Man, Hank Pym, although featured in this movie, isn’t its protagonist, in fact, the torch is passed onto Scott Lang who, in the comics, was the second person to go by the nom de guerre of Ant Man and go on to save the world. The latest instalment in the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe (as it has come to be known) starts with the introduction of the, afore mentioned unlikely hero Scott Lang, played here by Paul Rudd […]

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The Shared Superhero Cinematic Universe

It isn’t easy being a superhero. Fighting bad guys, no salary, the constant risk that is placed on loved ones if the bad guys were to discover your secret identity. It therefore comes as no surprise that several heroes on the big screen have, over the years assumed several monikers in different movies. My theory as to why they would change their superhero personas has to do with the above mentioned complications that can arise when someone dedicates his life to fighting crime. Here, I will reveal the identities of the various heroes and the journeys that they have taken since acquiring their powers and how they are all connected to each other. Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: […]

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Comic Book Movies: You’re Doing it wrong

The popularity of comic book movies over the last 15 or so years has led many of our favourite heroes (and their associated villains) onto the big screen. With this has come the big debate as to whether the film makers represented the character the way he should be or not. This is in reference not just to the look but also to the use of their powers and their personalities which are usually part and parcel of their powers. So here’s a list of 4 attempts at bringing characters to the big screen that failed dismally: Deadpool – X-Men Origins: Wolverine X-Men Origins: Wolverine had a lot going in favour of it on paper: It was Wolverine’s first solo movie […]

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Justice League: Gods and Monsters

During its long run and many comics the DC Universe has grown considerably. One of its many wonderful features is the multiverse in which twisted and alternative versions of our heroes and villains reside; it allows the writers and artists who contribute to this vast fantasy universe to be creative in whichever form they choose while still leaving the original and much loved version accounted for and unchanged. It happens too often that we see interesting and unique takes of our characters which aren’t explored beyond cameos in mainstream characters’ adventures. Bruce Timm, the talented producer and director who brought us Batman: The Animated series, Justice League Unlimited and Batman Beyond aims to change that by creating and focussing on […]

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I, NAG

Ever since NAG mysteriously showed up around 17 years ago, many researchers, have been trying to determine exactly what it is that makes it so successful and why it has a symbiotic relationship with its owner. What they found was quite interesting: NAG entices its host with its vibrant cover which usually features a digitally created character as well as the promise of more information pertaining to that character when the host chooses to accept NAG as its host. In return NAG will give the host what are known as “Demos” of games. This symbiotic relationship is beneficial for both the host and the NAG magazine since it has advantages for both of them. These hosts are what have become […]

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