Lucretia

Jan. 21st, 2010 09:27 am
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I've known for a long time that the Sisters of Mercy song is not about vampires, but I've always thought that, with a title like Lucretia, words like "reflection", and phrases like "dancing the ghost" , it should be.

So here, courtesy of a train ride and an ipod, are the lyrics to Lucretia (the Vampire Version)
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It turns out you don't have to change many words at all to completely change the thrust of the song.
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I've decided, after seeing it a second time, that I really like Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf). It's up there with 13th Warrior in the "historical pseudo-supernatural but darkly gritty" stakes. It is a little long, somewhat brutal, is almost too many movies crushed into one, and if you don't know French you need to watch the subtitles. But even I with my limited high school French could tell that the subtitles were not saying exactly what the characters were saying, and that does not really detract from a movie that does so many of the tropes of modern action movies, but sets them in 14thC France. The villain is perfect. Over the top in such a way that if I described him bluntly here you might say he was tacky and unoriginal, a caricature, but as portrayed and revealed in the film, just lovely. Some events are predictable, almost clich├ęd, but are perfect in the context of the story. As a modern movie it needs serious editing, but as an experience to wallow in it;s just right. And the wolves... well, I can't say much without spoilers, but there is a lovely karmic balance between the titular Brotherhood being the villains, and real wolves.

Here's another Vampire Clan test. But I quite enjoyed this one :

My result for Which Vampire the Masquerade Clan Are You? )
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There are far too many vampire / werewolf / fey / hunter books, and even series of books, set in the modern world which all follow the same basic concepts and plots. Hamilton has spawned an entire genre. From the blurbs on Amazon, the vast majority of them seem to have been written by Mills & Boon writers looking for a new market. I've a read a few, and I can enjoy them, but there is a certain sameness amongst them. The sort of sameness that makes me want to say "I can do this so much better!".

Much as certain friends used to bemoan vampire LARPs for largely ignoring the "personal horror" aspects, these books are generally similar. Sometimes people get hurt, but not often people you care about, and invariably the protagonists seem to exist in an environment where the results of their actions do not hugely affect the modern world they live in. At least Hamilton tries to deal with some of that, in the case of the fey books she writes, the politics of "coming out:" are a large part of the plot. But even she does not often look at the affects of this on the world itself. Many of the authors don't set their books in a truly real modern world, it's like a sort of time-frozen 1950's, with a Simak-like naivety, in terms of information dispersal and governmental control. None of them have really understood what the effect of the internet, the war on terror, and modern media dispersal techniques on "creatures of the night" would be.

I have yet to see anyone mention anarchic vampires posting videos of their latest bloodbath on You-Tube, or the cell-phone video coverage of the results of a werewolf combat appearing on Reuters. You can say what you like about old vampires controlling things and supernatural creatures not appearing on camera, but there is collateral damage that is enough to make people sit up and take notice, and no political or economic control could keep control of distribution of You-Tube or similar videos . Except, recently, the sort of action Pakistan took in trying to block You-Tube, which caused disruption worldwide. And there you have the main issue. To prevent such stuff coming out you would have to do something that would in itself become even more newsworthy, like Pakistan's action. Hmm, wasn't Ravnos somewhere over there...

I feel that the only way such creatures could remain hidden in a modern world would be by some global magical affect, designed specifically to ensure that humans didn't notice even the results of their actions. But then reality would begin to diverge massively from human-perceived reality. Humans would be operating in a world where the fact that the mall they're walking through was torn up by werewolves was not visible to them. For those that have seen X, imagine if the damage inside the the barriers was real, and humans just couldn't see it. The X solution is another neat way of hiding stuff but one has to add significantly to the powers of individual supernaturals to use that explanation.

Would this dissonance between reality and the human perception drive them mad, or would they, or the supernaturals themselves, begin to come up with ways of incorporating the unseeable damage into human-perceived reality, such as by inventing terrorist attacks. And what of the human collateral damage? People forgetting family members because they died in a werewolf attack. Imagine if you somehow broke the spell, perhaps your twin died and there was wolf blood in your veins. Suddenly once-familiar landmarks appear destroyed, and yet no-one else appears to notice the rubble they are walking amongst. And your parents haven't noticed your twin is dead. In fact, they don't seem to believe he ever existed. Is this the ultimate paranoid fantasy?

Which also led me to thinking, in a Culture-like environment (or Edenist for that matter) there would no longer be that feeling of creatures hiding on the edge of the night, that just might be there, even if it made no real sense, because you'd know that the AI running the systems would see all, and act to prevent the creatures from harming it's charges. Or would it? What if the AI was the means by which they hid? People trust the AI so subverting it leads people to question their own senses rather than the AI's statements. Was the AI subverted during construction? Is the first Edenist construct in fact a sanctuary for vampires?

Or is the AI unable to break the aforementioned spell, and is slowly building up a list of discrepancies that don't fit? Or is the AI the one who has broken the spell, the spell not working on intelligences of a sort that did not exist when the spell was created, and the AI is waging it's own private war on the supernaturals, hampered by the fact that it is unable to get the humans to directly assist or even acknowledge that there is a problem...

Some must have done nano-tech supernaturals by now, surely? I mean if ever there was a "scientific" way of explaining vampire, werewolf or Jekyll&Hyde transmogrifications, nano-tech driven body-morphing templates are it. Which brings me back to an idea i have long held, clasped like a Peter Pan fairy in a secret place, triggered years ago by a line in Clarke's Childhood's End :

What if all our fears of supernaturals, all our stories and myths and legends of gods and demons and faeries are not, as anthropologists explain, attempts by primitive men to explain things they didn't understand? What if they are not primeval fears from the past, but premonitions of the future? Is some post-singularity human is trying to send information back through the time-stream, a la Terrminator, but more believable, to warn us of the final result of our future technological advances, but has instead merely the seeded the ideas that will grow in to reality. Post-singularity and cyber-punk fiction is already full of things taking on the persona's of demons and creatures in order to ellicit the desired responses from humans.

Even if it is not premonition, we shape our future by our present fiction and fears. When it becomes possible for someone to replicate vampire or werewolf physical capabilities, it's a pretty safe bet that someone will want to do it. Superheroes too. The future becomes a valhalla of fictional heroes.

Mind-wandering speculation brought to you by a lazy, damp, Satyrday morning, and belated birthday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] lamprey and his twin, thinking of whom inspired some of the above thoughts.
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Whitcoulls Lambton Quay had a stack of these books at 50% off making them basically NZD $20 so I got one coz it's fun and could almost be used as a prop for [livejournal.com profile] mashugenah's Mage character. :)

It purports to be the Journal of Raphael Van Helsing as he learns more about the vampire, and it contains two sealed pouches, one at the front and one at the back, and pasted in pages from the Book of the Vampyr, purported to have survivd the fire at the Library of Alexandria, though the page copies are not the sort of book that would have actually been stored at the Alexandrian Library! It includes suggested combat strategies and lists vanpire artefacts such as the "neck tap."

I also picked up the first seasion of Babylon 5 on DVD, a six disk series in a single disk container for $39. They have what seems to be the entire run of B5, plus the movies, in similar packs. I sense a nostalgia wave coming on, though there are new series I haven't finished watching yet!
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I"ve added one complete, and one as yet incomplete, entry to [livejournal.com profile] sebastian_beau's journal, my in-character journal for Sebastian Beauforte, from [livejournal.com profile] jarratt_gray's Victorian Nights game.

Haven't done that in while, but I felt inspired to write it up this time. Need to get the rest of the latest entry done before we have another game!

It helps that I have nothing to do except write and ICQ with [livejournal.com profile] seraphs_folly here. I've also done some more work on the SDC website, though I won't be able to update that until I get home this evening, due to not having ftp access from work.
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