Carpe Jugulum Discussion *spoilers*

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Postby LilMaibe » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:00 pm

CMN, please, refrain from even hinting -this and that book is 'stealing' from that and that other.
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:09 pm

I think it's a fair comment though. Terry has taken all the vampire cliches that we know and put them into this book. We all know that vampires can't stand sunlight, holy water, garlic, holy symbols etc. Terry has actually made vampires ever scarier than the vampires we know from books and films, because these ones are not only breaking with tradition, they are also justifying the horrors that they commit.

As I said, just about any book or film about vampires will have at least some base in vampire mythology. Twilight isn't so much copying ideas from Terry as tapping into the vampire myth, which coincidentally Terry is doing too.

In a way, this book is rather like The Last Continent in that it draws on what everyone knows about vampires or, in the case of TLC, Australia. :D
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Postby Cool Middle Name » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:10 pm

Hey, just stating what came up in my mind. :P

I used to love reading Smeyer books.

Then I read Unseen Academicals.
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Postby Cool Middle Name » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:16 pm

Tonyblack wrote:...In a way, this book is rather like The Last Continent in that it draws on what everyone knows about vampires or, in the case of TLC, Australia. :D


Which makes Ponder Stibbons' tutoring of Invisible Writings legible. :P
Yes, this comment makes an excellent point - I have not read any other vampire books apart from these two, and they both undermine the weaknesses of Vampires, but in different views and methods. Not all vampires can be stabbed in the heart, but we may just end up with another Carrot equivalent - a vampire that has a normal human diet. In fact I am expecting this from terry.
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:19 pm

That's been done - Count Duckula, the vegetarian vampire. :lol:
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Postby LilMaibe » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:21 pm

Cool Middle Name wrote:Hey, just stating what came up in my mind. :P

I used to love reading Smeyer books.

Then I read Unseen Academicals.


And the price for the oddest statement goes too...
ad hey, at least soemthig UA is good for *dodges*)

As for the -don't mention stealing-
What I meant is that to some people such simple statements are fuel to the fire Dx
(Luckily none of those folsk are on this board. Which is great :D )
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Postby Cool Middle Name » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:44 pm

Tonyblack wrote:That's been done - Count Duckula, the vegetarian vampire. :lol:


Weren't McDonalds' doing a Happy Meal with this lot several years ago? I remember winning something like him on my seventh birthday party there... :s
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:14 pm

Could be. I suspect that MacDonald's wouldn't see the irony of having a free vampire vegetarian duck in their happy meals. :lol:
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Postby Cool Middle Name » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:09 pm

swreader wrote:

Jeff, I’m afraid that I must disagree with your initial premise, that Terry uses deux ex machina(s) in either Lords & Ladies or, more importantly in Carpe Jugulum. I’ll leave my discussion of L&L and why I think it’s much weaker than CJ til we get to L&L, and go directly to what I think is what is really going on in CJ.

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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:14 am

When we decided to do these discussions we decided to avoid spoilers for other books. If you have read the book we are discussing, that's fine because reading this thread won't spoil any of the plot. But if you are reading this discussion on Carpe Jugulum and haven't read Lords & Ladies, and someone posts a major plot detail for that book, then it is likely to spoil your enjoyment. :)
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Postby hattie » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:33 pm

There was some cartoon on television when I was about 12 called Die Ketchup Vampire. It was about vampires living solely off ketchup...another vegetarian option. :-) :-)
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Postby ChristianBecker » Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:59 am

Oh, I had forgotten about those.
I think I didn't like the series much... but I'm not sure.
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Carpe Jugulum play

Postby jackiew » Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:54 pm

Just to let you know that Leytonstone based theatre group the Woodhouse Players are presenting Carpe Jugulum in November. 4/5 and 11/12. See www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk for full details. It would be great to see you there.
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Re: Carpe Jugulum Discussion *spoilers*

Postby KamexKoopa » Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:22 pm

This was the first Witches book I read, and I remember at the time wishing I'd read the others first, so Magrat being Queen and not third witch etc would have more significance. However, I looove Carpe Jugulum :D The copy I have was my mother's, who borrowed it from Dave Hodges(arghh), who'd gotten it signed ;)

But a vampire who is fascinated with a girl whose mind he can't read? I wonder if Stephanie Meyers read this at some point!
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Re: Carpe Jugulum Discussion *spoilers*

Postby raptornx01 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:51 pm

I've said before watching Twilight was like watching a parody in reverse. so much of that reminded me of this book. Agnes being a fat bella. The good looking but obsessive teen vamp. the weird, creepy vamp sister. the controlling vamp father. the whole idea of reformed vamps.
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