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Jess Haines – Guest Blog & Giveaway


Today I have Jess Haines, author of the debut Urban Fantasy novel Hunted By The Others, here guest blogging along with a giveaway!

Hunted By The Others, which will be hitting the shelves on April 27th, is the first in the H&W Investigations series. The next book, Taken By The Others is due to be released around December 2010.

See my review of Hunted By The Others HERE

I’ll pass my blogging reigns over to Jess, let’s give her a warm welcome! :)

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Vampires vs. Werewolves

 Like cats and dogs, vampires and werewolves classically do not mix. This kind of conflict makes for some tasty media treats. For example, let’s take the deliciously action-packed Underworld movies.

 Vampires, the blue-blooded aristocrats of their society, have long ruled over humans and Lycans (werewolves) alike from the shadows. Many werewolves were at one time forced into servitude to the vampires, and when the Lycans revolted, the enmity between the two races was never resolved. The hatred between the vampires and werewolves (and hotties like Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman dressed in tight leather) has led to a franchise that has spawned three released movies, a fourth in the works, as well as comics and a series of novels.

 Now, with the three movies garnering ratings of 7% to 49% between Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, or C+ and D+ respectively from Yahoo Movie Reviews (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underworld_(film_series)), how is it the three movies made a combined box office revenue of $601,858,330? We’re not even talking DVD or other merchandise sales. With reviews like: “…a relentlessly unpleasant fantasy epic…” (David Nusair) and “The film even has the nerve to set itself up for a sequel. Of course, the ending is so sloppy, that this may have just been an oversight.” (Joe Lozito), both from www.rottentomatoes.com, something doesn’t quite add up here.

 Not to put too fine a point on it, but for movies so poorly rated, it looks like they did just fine at the box office. Perhaps the critics are missing something? That or the movies have something to them that isn’t being delivered by the usual summer blockbusters. Perhaps there’s something to them that moviegoers (and comic book readers/collectors and readers of the novels in this genre) are hungry for, and will take in whatever form they can get.

 What is it that’s so fascinating about vampires and werewolves being at odds with each other? Is it the idea of two strong, vicious creatures clashing, each vying for dominance? Is it the Matrix-like sword/fang/claw/gun-play? The abundance of tight leather-and-lace outfits?

 Whatever the case may be, I believe that this is a market that has not been fully tapped. I could have used a different example (the Twilight Saga comes to mind), but I don’t think that would properly illustrate my point. The focus of that series is more upon the romantic aspect of Bella and Edward’s relationship than the hostility between vampires and werewolves. There have been video games and tabletop role-playing games and novels that are based around the Vampire vs. Werewolf mentality. Take the hugely successful Vampire: the Masquerade role-playing game, the same one that spawned its own video game spinoff. Or there’s Michele Hauf’s recently released novel, HER VAMPIRE HUSBAND (HQN Books, April 1, 2010). The basic premise is a need to mend a long-standing rift between the vampire and werewolf communities through marriage of a vampire aristocrat to a werewolf princess. This conflict has reached the romance section, ladies and gentlemen! Even Facebook (link: http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2526220728) has joined the fun and games.

 So, in short, it appears that our fascination with these creatures being at each others’ throats isn’t limited to novels and comic books. The makers of Underworld may not have made the critics happy, but they’ve certainly entertained an awfully big audience. What do you think? Do we need more books and films that cover this quarrel? Could Hollywood stand to do something big and pretty and with a huge budget on the order of Lord of the Rings or Avatar with the Vampire vs. Werewolf plot? Or would it flop spectacularly on the level of something like Catwoman or Gigli?

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Thanks so much Jess for that thought provoking blog! I’ll state my thoughts and response to your question in the comments as it could be a long one, lol. :D

Giveaway Details:

Jess Haines has generously offered one winner a signed copy of Hunted By The Others! Giveaway is open to Everyone. Jess will also be popping by to respond to questions or comments. 

Question:  What do you think? Do we need more books and films that cover this quarrel? Could Hollywood stand to do something big and pretty and with a huge budget on the order of Lord of the Rings or Avatar with the Vampire vs. Werewolf plot? Or would it flop spectacularly on the level of something like Catwoman or Gigli?

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  2. Answer: My husband & I bought all 3 Underworld movies. They’re not my favorite, but I still enjoy watching them. I’d go see vampire vs. werewolf movies. Especially if they did something interesting, like that the transformations were due to some type of virus (think I Am Legend) or that it’s been a long-standing battle that drove most wars, American Civil, World War I & II, American Revolution, French Revolution, etc. etc. Basically, I’d want some world-building (not just throwing characters at me & not explaining their existence)…

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    Comment by Christa | April 24, 2010 | Reply

  3. Oh, yes, a big budget movie would be great, if done right. The script would have to be done correctly and the cast would have to be good, but I could see it making money. I know, that I would go see it.
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  4. Hi Jess & Judi!
    Vampire vs Werewolf……..my hearts desire.as long as there are a few “hotties” and a great story line! Add a a few bucks and it’s sure to be a great hit!

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    Comment by Kate L. (Yzhabella) | April 24, 2010 | Reply

  5. I would love if they would made a big blockbuster of this type. So would my husband. He does not read the books but love paranormal movies. We both enjoyed the Underworld movies.

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  6. The quarrel makes a great story. And I think if it was done right, it could be a big budget blockbuster. But it might be a hard sell.

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  7. +1 I would totally go watch it, and i can see it being a hit. The underworld series were pretty good and I enjoy all of them.

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  8. I seem to have noticed a nit of weariness with vampires and werewolves on a number of blogs I follow with both these creatures.

    Given the time it takes to make a movie, I would imagine that any studio taking on this sort of challenge would have to do their research carefully.

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    Comment by Carol Thompson | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  9. Personally I think vampires and werewolves have always fascinated the general public, it does go through in fits and phases…much like the rest of Hollywood does, but it usually always returns. I think we went through an apocalyptic phase with movies like Independence Day, Armageddon, etc. Then there is a historical action drama phase (Alexander, Gladiator) etc. Right now trends tend to lie in the remaking of old action cartoons, video games, etc.

    I think with the time it would take to film an epic film of this nature, Hollywood could pull of a resurgence of vampire/werewolf fascination. Say in like 5 years. But it might get readily compared to the Underworld series, since that is a werewolf/vampire war. Been there done that might be the going opinion. Also, we can compare it to the Twilight series, because on their basic natures the wolves are in opposition to all vampires, but the Cullens and in this latest film, Eclipse about to be released, their is basically a vamp/werewolf war that happens. (check out the latest trailer). They would have to do something very different than what is done before – or in typical Hollywood fashion, just grab something that has already been done, and translate it to the big screen.

    Thanks for the post. Got me thinking. Congrats on your debut release, good luck with sales. I’m always looking for more Urban Fantasy, I will TBR this one.

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    Comment by parajunkee | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  10. I think it could be made into a succesful movie if there’s a good director and scriptwriter. They would have to care more about making a good movie than about making money.

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    Comment by Spav | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  11. Conflict is important to any story and if well done will always pull in an audience. Although I’m more of a book than a movie person I did see Underworld and enjoyed it.

    Now I would like to see the genius of James Cameron do a take on vamp vs were scenario. Also seeing it in 3d and IMAX would be a real treat!

    Thanks to Jess and Judi for a terrific post!

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    Comment by Patricia A | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  12. Personally, I don’t think there can ever be too many books on the Vamps & Werewolves. Movies, doesn’t matter as I’d 50 times rather read about them than see them.

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    Comment by Lisa Richards | April 25, 2010 | Reply

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  15. I think that the vampire vs werewolf thing could work as a movie. I’ve seen the first Underworld movie, though not the others yet, and I think there’s a real longing to see more of these films that fall more into the fantasy/adventure genre than in the horror. They just haven’t hit the right formula yet.
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    Comment by Kimberly B. | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  16. I think ever since Twilight it would be a great draw – I know it got me into reading and watching more paranormal. I also agree with the right director and actors it could be a huge hit!

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    Comment by catslady | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  17. I don’t know if it would be a good idea. While I love reading about vampires and werewolves and the conflicts between them, I don’t really like to say any movies by them because lately, aside from Underworld, they’ve gotten annoying and…melodramatic, like Twilight–which sucks. It’d have to have good actors and a good director as well as a great plot and great special effects.

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  19. I loved the underworld series – I love the dark and gritty look of them and that the strongest character was a female! I think they tap into the idea of good versus evil and the grey area in between. I would love more werewolf vs. vampire movies! Great post!

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    Comment by Heather (DarklyReading) | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  20. Yes, I think we need more books and films that cover the vampire vs werewolf conflict. I think if Hollywood did it well, there is a great market for this type of movie. Even people who aren’t into paranormal would like the action aspects of it. And of course, the more books the better, lots of us readers enjoy both these types of characters and the conflict always makes for a great story.

    I’m very interested in Hunted by the Others, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

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    Comment by Barbara Elness | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  21. oh, I would love to see such a movie!! I love the books and it would be fantastic to see one of them as a movie *dreaming*

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  23. I think Hollywood should get behind this quarrel. I would love to see this on the big screen with a big production behind it. I think they should start at the beginning of the quarrel…kind of like they did in Underworld 3.

    Comment by Ashley H. | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  24. I think a big budget blockbuster would be great- if done properly, of course. It would have to make sure it didn’t make the characters stereotypically silly (vamps running around in capes with bad accents.) It should also have the right amount of violence. You can’t Disney this genre up to try to appeal to a broader audience in an attempt to make more cash. But it also couldn’t be straight up violent horror slasherporn flick, because those are often pointless and silly, going for shock value with little substance. Was that too picky?

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  25. I think that with the huge budgets that Hollywood has they definitely should make a movie with the Vampire vs. Werewolf theme. I thank it would be a big hit.

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    Comment by Julie Swaney | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  26. Hey, nice to see so many people behind the idea! I like hearing these different viewpoints, too. Interesting to see what you all think.

    Thanks for the well-wishes and interest! I’ll pop by now and then if anyone has a question for me, and, of course, to congratulate the winner.

    Thanks for reading!

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    -J

    Comment by Jess Haines | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  27. I am a imagining an Alien vs. Predator disaster. I don’t think Hollywood could handle it, unless someone of genius wrote the story/script. Alan Rickman as a vamp would be great though, haha. It would!

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    Comment by Marianna G. | April 26, 2010 | Reply

  28. I think it wouldn’t hurt to see more vamp vs werewolf- it is a theme portrayed in many pnr/uf and horror stories. Usually the poor wolf plays second fiddle to the vamp

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  29. +1 I think hollywood can stand it and I think we ought to demand it. Would be fantastic.
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  30. Yes, Hollywood should do something big and pretty and with a huge budget on the order of Lord of the Rings or Avatar with the Vampire vs. Werewolf plot. This could be a block buster if done correctly. We do need more books and movies.
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  31. Jess – I was wondering, if it did come down to a fight between the two, which do you think would win? (Or which would you prefer to win?) I’ve seen it both ways, but since I lean toward werewolves, I’d rather have them come out on top.

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    Comment by Kate L. (Yzhabella) | April 30, 2010 | Reply

  33. @Jennifer M– Good question! I think in a down and dirty, knock down, drag out fight, a werewolf would win 9 times out of 10 against a vampire. Vampires may have speed and guile, but the werewolves also have supernatural strength and speed. Let’s not forget those claws and big, sharp teeth.

    If it was an ancient vampire, I’d switch the odds in their favor. Age makes them stronger and tougher, plus they have the accumulated wisdom and experience that goes with their age.

    @Kate– EEK!! Where’s the time going?!

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    Comment by Jess Haines | April 30, 2010 | Reply

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    i’d love to see someone take a crack at this in hollywood, as long as the story’s engaging!

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  35. Hey Jess, thanks for the guest post and the giveaway! I would LOVE to see a great adaptation of the vampires vs. werewolves conflict á la LOTR films!!

    If you could co-write a book, who would you like to do it with?

    I have heard only great things about Hunted by Others, so would love to read it, please enter me!

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  36. I definitely think there should be more werewolves vs. vampires movie, but its about doing it the right way. Catwoman was a disaster…that’s not the true Catwoman story. If you have a creative story, and people really dedicated to making a great movie…it will be a huge success. I know I’d go.

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  37. @Stella — Actually, I’ve already done a little something like that. *g* Can’t talk too much about it now because there’s nothing official yet. The person I worked with was a perfect match.

    However, if I had to pick someone else, I’d think Jim Butcher would be an absolute riot to work with.

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    Comment by Jess Haines | May 4, 2010 | Reply

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