Sunday, 4 February 2007

grappling with vamp/s




I've been watching two versions of Dracula today, trying to get in a vampy mood to write Buddies... I'm at a tough spot, and having to describe strong emotions, with issues to do with vampirism... and it's hard going. Only managing two or three hundred words per day, if that. There are two issues I'm grappling with:
  • trying go describe the rapture of vampire sex and express an ecstacy in the blood that goes far beyond the genital experience. I'm used to getting into the head of characters in the throes of passion, but this is different... there's an extra dimension
  • trying to express my hero's emotions being torn two ways at once ie. he wants to be with the heroine, and on a primal level, to change her, so they can be together, but at the same time, he doesn't want to deny her a normal life, and the sun and everything else she'd have to give up to be with him...
It's all very tumultuous stuff, which is why progress is slow.



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Telly: Dracula/Frank Langella + Dracula/Gary Oldman
Chocolate: Tesco Belgian Milk
Mood: okay
Writing: 500 words Buddies
Reading: Dracula movie novelisation [not Stoker]
RSI: not bad

2 comments:

Val said...

Christopher Lee's still my favourite movie Dracula. But I did see George Chakiris in the role on the London stage and he was, as he still is, absolutely YUMMY. (I even watched an episode of Last of the Summer Wine a few years ago because he was in it).

Portia Da Costa said...

Yes, I could imagine George Chakiris as a soulful vamp... I bet he was great in the role!