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NI Blogs Review: ‘Breaking Dawn’

Marianne Love/Slight Detour provides this Christmas-card shot of one of her dogs dashing through the snow on her Lovestead property. More photos & story here. Also, you can see why Marianne wants her daughter to eat her Swiss cheese here.

Best Post: I am slightly embarrassed to say that 1) I paid (matinee price) to see this movie and 2) I not only admitted it on the world-wide web, but spent more minutes of my life that I will never get back writing about it. But it made me happy. It gave me two hours of uninterrupted silliness in an otherwise mostly serious life. And, if you must know, I'll even buy it on dvd when it comes out so that I have the whole collection. You can come over and we'll have a Twilight marathon. Come on. You know you want to/A Butterfly Moment. Complete review here. (AP/Summit Entertainment/Andrew Cooper photo)

HucksOnline numbers (for week of Nov. 13-19): 51,200/30,890

Marc: Edward/Bella Can’t Match Buffy

Marc Stewart: "It's too bad they can't have Buffy the Vampire Slayer show up in Breaking Dawn film that has much of the pre-teen and middle aged population in full freak out mode. Buffy would drive a big old stake in Edward and Bella's overacted hearts. Yeah, I'd pay to see that one."

Question: Who's a better vampire slayer — Van Helsing or Buffy? Defend your answer.

Vampire Sequel To Hit Big Screen

Costars said she was easy on the eyes when she turned heads in a dazzling white wedding dress. But not everything Kristen Stewart wore while filming Breaking Dawn was easy on her eyes. When the Twilight actress made her vampire transformation for the second part of the saga's final installment – the first of which arrives in theaters Friday – it wasn't the fangs she had to get used to … it was the amber contact lenses all of the vampires wear in the film/Alison Schwartz, People magazine. More here.

Question: Are you still interested enough in vampires to see another "Twilight" sequel?

Ex-SR Editor Pens Anti-Vampire Book

The protagonist in Pullman author Richard H. Miller's first novel enjoys living a seemingly normal life in his luxurious downtown Spokane condominium. He likes to read, watch the Nature channel and drink red wine. He meets the women he dates through the Internet. He contemplates Nietzsche's personal life and whether Velcro is better than buttons. He also is a 150-year-old vampire. Miller will be signing his novel, "All You Can Eat" from 5-7 Friday at Hastings in Moscow. The author's first novel was released in October by Gray Dog Press of Spokane. Miller began with writing short stories. "Then I found out there wasn't much money in that, so I decided to write a novel. I gave myself permission to write something bad," said Miller (a former editor with The Spokesman-Review)/Caitlin Cole, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: How many vampire books have you read? Which is your favorite?

Thumbs down for the Twilight Saga…


Good morning, Netizens…


With the announcement that the movie "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” won top awards at the People's Choice Awards yesterday, I immediately reached for something to stem the immediate onset of diarrhea and an upset stomach, because I am already sick to death of movies and TV fare of all kinds relating to vampires. Perhaps it is an age thing, where people in later years simply do not connect with such fare. Or, if you allow me the right to wax more vitriolic I fail to see any social significance to vampire shows; none whatsoever.


Mind you, I have never seen Twilight, nor am I apt to. I go to an occasional movie to be entertained, not watch a pair of 20-somethings gnawing on each other like a starving street pit bull mutt on someone with a tight body.


What is perhaps more distressing to me than the award being given to Twilight are the number of ostensibly sane, morally healthy and responsible members of the news media who have given kudos to the movie. Have they lost their marbles? Their accolades for this fare does little to add to their credibility.


Of course, there are lots of people who must have voted for Twilight, and I suppose I pity them and any innocent children who may inadvertently attend its showing.


I haven't even begun my vituperative rant on books written exclusively about vampirism.


We are long overdue for movie fare that uplifts the soul, that enlightens its viewers and sings the praises of living in peace with one another, not vampire movies, regardless of how attractive the packaging Hollywood may put on it or the advertising hyperbole that has crept, unwanted, into prime time television advertising slots. Of course, one should be quick to note the deplorable lack of demand for such fare.


Of course, your results may differ.



Hayden Author Gets 3-Book Deal

She’s a lawyer who writes romance novels about vampires. While Rebecca Zanetti doesn’t limit herself to penning dark love stories about passionate bloodsuckers, that’s the tale that caught a major publisher’s eye. It earned the Hayden woman a three-book deal with Kensington Book’s Brava division. The first novel, “Fated,” is due for release in February. Zanetti, who started writing books just two years ago, is still surprised that it was the story with fangs that got picked up. “I kept reading everywhere that vampires were done,” Zanetti said/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: If you were to right a book, would it be fiction or nonfiction — and what would be the topic?

Cindy: Do Non-Vampires Dislike Garlic?

On her Facebook page, CindyH sez she has heard rumors that some people do NOT like garlic. Cindy suspects “those people who are nocturnal, have unusually large eyeteeth and a strong aversion to holy water and wooden stakes.” But she admits she could be wrong.

Question: How much do you (heart) garlic?

O’s Give ‘Twilight’ Mixed Reviews

In this image released by Summit Entertainment, Kristen Stewart, left, and Cam Gigandet are shown in a scene from, “Twilight.” (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Peter Sorel)

DFO: Mrs. O & I gave mixed reviews to the “Twilight” video last night. She thought the teen-vampire movie started slow but picked up enough to be scary and earn an 8.5 out of 10. I thought it started slow and didn’t pick up enough to pull more than a 7. It’s a bit different to have a human hanging out with vegan vampires. But it’ll be more interesting if the American Indians introduced in the movie turn out to be vampire-hating werewolves in the sequels.

Question: What do you think of “Twilight” — the books or the movie?