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I love ASOS. I make no secret of this; over the years I have found some weird and wonderful little things on the site. Mind you, they are, like most regular non-geekcentric websites, slaves to trends. I don’t approve of trends. They are too much like change, and I hate change.

Anyway, the ASOS sale is bloomin’ marvellous. Here are some things I want that you should want too.

Rawr.

Rawr.

Dinosaur t-shirt! Okay, maybe not “geeky”, but adorable and lovely. And I really like green and everyone knows dinosaurs were green. Plus, a steal at £8. It’s only a bargain if it’s under £10.

Subtle, no?

Subtle, no?

Sticking to the girly items for  a moment, this little bangle. Sometimes it is necessary to hide your true, nerdy inner child self under a blanket of maturity and normal-ness (job interviews, weddings, funerals, murder trials), so it is necessary to be a little more subtle in your choice of accessory. This bangle has a teeny pair of geek glasses for a clasp, but I’m sure no one will notice that unless you feel the need to point it out.

Which, of course, you will.

Batman. Always, Batman.

Batman. Always, Batman.

Don’t worry, boy people, I have not neglected you. Batman vest! Vest with Batman on it! Ignore the generic model with generic model head tilt, focus instead on the wonder of the cowl. ASOS mens’ stock has been a little bit disappointing of late, unless you like dressing like a rainbow threw up on you, but every now and again, you get a little gem.

 

Squee.

Retro.

No affirmation necessary. Go get this.

Nom.

Nom.

This came from the men’s section, but I like to think it’s fairly gender neutral. In honour of True Blood making it’s way back to our screens (erm, well, America’s screens) recently, it seems only fair to include some vampire themed bits and bobs. Although, it seems they have fallen slightly out of vogue in the past few months (Twilight is all over and done with, after all. And thank god), Sky is screening teasers and trailers for the Dracula series they are gifting us in Autumn…so I see fangs making a big comeback.

If you are really into the child-of-the-night-but-not-a-hooker look, there’s also this gothic bling.

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ASOS delivers quickly, does not mess you about with returns and exchanges, and the quality of the stuff is beyond decent. Highly recommended. If you do buy something, or see something wonderful that I’ve missed, let me know! I like to know I’m helping someone somewhere in someway, somehow.

S.


I like to keep the blog topical, and reasonably local – so Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday is a two birds, one stone kind of deal.

I am a huge vampire groupie. I mean, seriously. If anything has any sort of vampire in it, I am all over that. Low budget and cheesy, or cinematic masterpiece – I don’t care. And, to me, the vampire trend most definitely started with Bram Stoker’s Dracula. If you haven’t read Stoker’s most famous novel, I highly recommend that you do. Now.

Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

There. That’s better. Great, huh? Each character is multi-dimensional, well written and charming. Dracula himself, especially so. Hell, Dracula is the original sexy vampire! Mysterious, brooding and sitting on top of the property ladder, it’s understandable how the guy managed to get himself a harem of wives.

Every writer who has approached the supernatural since 1897 has been influenced by this foundation of popular culture, whether they admit it or not.

While Bram Stoker brought us the original vampire, Anne Rice had a huge part to play in how modern media approaches the subject today, as we got to see the life of a vampire, told by a vampire. Their feelings, their motivations (beyond being evil blood suckers) and their immortal loneliness…Rice gave us these insights, and the majority of vampires written/filmed/acted today work with both these great works in mind.

Alas, the day of the literary epic has passed, and we are in a time of teen chick lit, where, were vampires are concerned, Twilight rules the roost. Like I have said, I am into anything with hunks with fangs, so I can’t bring myself to hate Twilight quite as much as I should. in fact, I appreciate it, for getting so many young people reading, invested in characters from something other than Hollyoaks. However, it makes me sad that the traditional vampire character and ritual have been lost in an attempt to turn down the gore, the sexuality and limitations that come with the vampire ‘curse’.

Sparkling in the sunlight? Give me a break. You should explode in a bloody and screaming firework display.

Wha?

God, I nearly forgot The Lost Boys. I’m just skimming iconic vampires here, and the ’80’s gave us an awful lot. I used to have such a thing for Corey Feldman…

Anyway.

The important points remain. A blood lust that they struggle to control, torn between being human and an animal, and the misery of facing an eternity alone. These are the things we know and love about vampires, the constants.

So, Happy Birthday, Bram Stoker – thanks for the icon.

S.