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Jun. 25th, 2008

Hm, for as much as Blood Ties doesn`t try to invent the genre anew, it did something I have NEVER seen in any vampire show/story. At least not that I can recall.

You usually have the tortured vampire and a human - female - partner of some kind. And at some point said vampire will drink said partner`s blood and it will be a moment of great drama. See in Blood Ties`own Pilot where Henry is "mortally" wounded and Vicky gives him her blood. The music swells and the scene goes to semi-slow-mo and everything. See also Angel feeding off Buffy, Nick Knight feeding off forget-her-name and I`m guessing Moonlight will either have it or not have gotten around to it.

Fast forward several episodes and at the end of an episode we have a scene where Henry and Vicki are in an elevator. He grumbles that the night is soon over and he hasn`t fed yet, she thanks him for something he did for her, then basically he asks "do you mind?" She says no and he casually leans over and sucks her blood. While she keeps standing there just as casually. No swelling music, no amped-up cinematorgraphy, no nothing. It`s like she let him have her coffee. And it`s not a habit that`s developed between them either.

Somehow I adored it.

Okay, the territorial loner-vampires is something of a novelty too. And hee that "noone ever claims Detroit". Probably an in-joke I don`t really get but it cracked me up nevertheless.

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gwendolen
Jun. 25th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
A lot of that comes from the books, especially the regularly feeding from humans thing.

Henry fortunately isn't the tortured "I wanna be human again" vampire. One reason why I loved the books so much. I'm only sorry that they took the slashy bits out :-(
astri13
Jun. 25th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
A lot of that comes from the books, especially the regularly feeding from humans thing.

I haven`t read any of the books but thought about maybe checking them out.

Henry fortunately isn't the tortured "I wanna be human again" vampire. One reason why I loved the books so much.

While I don`t mind the tortured vampire, I do like variety as well so this new approach to vapiredom was fun.

I'm only sorry that they took the slashy bits out :-(

Who is slashy in the books?
gwendolen
Jun. 26th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
I haven`t read any of the books but thought about maybe checking them out.

It's been a while since I've read them but at that time I read anything by Tanya Huff I could lay my hands on. I'm thinking about rereading them as back then I liked them a lot.

While I don`t mind the tortured vampire, I do like variety as well so this new approach to vapiredom was fun.

At least for tv. Literature fortunately often enough goes a different way. And the books are from the early to mid nineties.

Who is slashy in the books?

Henry *g*. I'm not saying more in case you don't want to be spoiled, but it's very sweet.


astri13
Jun. 26th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Henry *g*.I'm not saying more in case you don't want to be spoiled, but it's very sweet.

Hee! But please spoil away, I`m really curious now. Henry and Mike? Is Mike in the books?
gwendolen
Jun. 27th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Okay, so SPOILER!

Mike is in the books, but no, it isn't Henry/Mike. They just snarl and sneer at each other *g*.

In the book, Henry also uses sex for feeding, but has a few regular donors and is openly bisexual. One of the donors is a young hustler called... Tony, I think. At the end of the books, Henry leaves Toronto together with Tony and the sequels are at least in part about them.
the_darkstar
Jun. 26th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Read the books! And the spin off-book series "Smoke and..."
astri13
Jun. 26th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Hey, long time no...read. :) Hope everything`s alright.

Also, have put books on my "to aquire and to read" list.
katikat
Jun. 25th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
I love that Henry loves being a vampire. Sure, it has its ups and downs but overall, he quite enjoys himself XP It's like in the books, no brooding on his part, he wants to have fun! XD
astri13
Jun. 26th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
I love that Henry loves being a vampire. Sure, it has its ups and downs but overall, he quite enjoys himself XP

And he really smiles a lot and has a generally good sense of humour. It`s really adorable.
specialagentldy
Jun. 25th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
The books are AWESOME. I highly recomend them. :-)
astri13
Jun. 26th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Okay, with so many votes of confidence, how can I resist? :)
mareen
Jun. 26th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
I watched that show but I absolutely do not remember that scene. Huh.
astri13
Jun. 26th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
It`s at the end of the groundhog-day episode in Season 2 (or maybe that counts as the second half of Season 1?).
cravenhawk
Jan. 17th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
I miss Henry:( Blood Ties and the Blood Books are one of the only vampire series where the vamp wasn't sad to be a vamp. He loved being a vampire, I miss that.
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