English E-212 : The Vampire in Literature and Film

Okay, this is the coolest thing.  My editor found this, and I had to pass it on to you this fine Friday.  DEAD WITCH WALKING is part of the reading list for an extension course at Harvard. (I knew I should have named one of my demons after them . . .  laugh)  Other well-known authors such as Hamilton, Harris, and of course, Meyer, are there and highlighted, but The Hollows is on the list!

I’ve always been of the mind that vampires, witches, and Weres in literature can be used as recognizable tags to better see human nature’s need to dominate (sexually or otherwise) to control our world (as in witches) and the copout in letting our baser instincts rule us. (Weres)  It’s always been about people for me, not the paranormal.

Doing the happy dance!

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58 responses to “English E-212 : The Vampire in Literature and Film

  1. Chrisy

    Hey Mrs H.)
    Remember me? It’s been a while…
    Congratulations on that awesomeness! And thank you for making me feel so much more erudite.😀
    Cheers Chrisy

  2. Jenn

    Hi Kim!

    Congrats on making the reading list at such a well renound (spelling?) University! If I had such great reading material in uni I would have definately enjoyed it more!
    Oh yes, and Andy’s comment when I told him was “Really? Cool!”

    Happy Monday to you!

  3. Theresa

    Sweetness!!!! That is sooooooo AWESOME!!!! I knew your books were college good!!! Oh yeah and can’t wait for Pale Demon!!!🙂

  4. Awesome Kim! I shall raise my glass of rosée (which I just poured to celebrate my survival to the weekend) in congratulations for a well-deserved praise. I think there is no better token of appreciation than to be considered a reference in your domain.
    I actually got a taste of that recently, though a much more modest one. The Guide to Art Schools put me in their list of the 43 best short stories blog! I claimed the right to do the happy dance for the whole day!
    Hmm… that sprouts a random question… Do you still get excited when you learn something like that? Any whimsical behavior ensues?😉

  5. suzannelazear

    That is super fab. 🙂 How do you even find out about things like that, lol? Hmmm, does Harvard have gargoyles?

    So, guess what the tot brought home from home depot on Friday?

    Pumpkin plants, lol. (But she didn’t know what kind, lol)

    Her tomatoes are ripening, too, but no strawberries, just ginormous plants.

    Have a great weekend.

    ~Suzi and the tot, too

  6. Sebrina

    Congrats on being in the reading material!

    I found this link on Tomatoes and automatically thought of The Hollows.

    http://www.landrethseeds.com/photos/Tomato/index.html

  7. That’s pretty damn awesome that you got noticed for your great work =) Just goes to show you that your books and characters are really that good hehe. As far as vampires go, I think that the approach you have on them in the Hollows universe is very distinct. You have a very interesting mix of fantasy (vampire auras) and science (vampire pheromones and chemicals) that makes for a very original (and sexy) vampire. I haven’t seen anything like it in any other books I’ve read really. Maybe that’s why I love your vampires more than any other *laughs*

  8. Josiah Germain

    you should name one of bis’s relatives harvard! its a fitting gargoyle name..

  9. Ryan

    Congrats Kim! You’re totally *IVY* league.🙂 And I noticed on Friday that my town’s library has BMS on display in its new arrivals section so double congrats!
    ~Phil

  10. Keltin

    I have to say Congrats on the Harvard reading list. I myself am going to San Jose state but when my professor caught me reading dead witch walking during a lecture (recently found your book and read them all in 2 weeks lol cant wait till next one ok noob rant over), and she asked me to lend it to her. I wish my school picked your book’s up as a Mandatory reading then i would also be a head of the curve ^_^.

    By the way for the jump drive issue use both Murphy’s law says you will lose it once more why not have a backup. ( i have 3)

  11. Noelle

    Excellent and congrats.

    The reason I like your books is not because they are about witches and vamps and weres. It’s because they are people, who just happen to be those things. Also, they make me really really happy when I read them.🙂

    Noelle

  12. Dani

    *laughs* now that is interesting, too bad my History of Human Sexuality class doesn’t have a book list likt that one *snickers* but it is interesting to hear that even those stiff shirts like reading books that let loose and let you just enjoy the written word.

    Dani

  13. JanisHarrison

    Dear Kim: Absolutely fabulous! Congrats and kudos. I’m going to have to look at that reading list, too.

    A question crossed my mind, now that you all have decided to spend the winter in Michigan: will you be moving more of your furniture/furnishings from SC? Oh, another question: Has #2 Son ever experienced a Michigan winter, and does he realize that he will need some seriously insulated clothing, including unfashionable, clunky boots, if he doesn’t want bits of him to freeze and fall off?

    • Funny thing about that, Janis. No, we’re not denuding the SC house, but we did bring up the box of “Winter clothes” that we had in the closet for the last 13 years, and in it were a pair of mittens I had knitted Thing Two. They were like two inches long. -laugh-

  14. That’s so cool. Wow! That means I’ve read a book on Harvard’s list twice!!!

  15. How freakin’ great is that? You deserve to be recognized for your contributions to the genre…in fact you are the author that introduced me to the genre. Don’t know about their take on weres though, they are usually my favorites, and I do not let my baser instincts rule anything.

    • Thanks, Marsha. Mmmmm, about Weres. Mine have control of themselves, actually. David is the most stable person in the books. But on the whole, the Werewolf has typically been a monster.

  16. that’s so cool Kim! I couldn’t see Underworld among the movies though. Shouldn’t have missed that one.

  17. Linda (germany)

    Woooow. *thumbs up*

  18. Madison

    Congrats on making the reading list Miss Kim!!!

  19. Emily

    Hey there,

    Thanks for posting this link!! I’m between grad and undergrad programs right now and working on an academic project dealing with Urban Fantasy, it is so exciting to see places start to recognize UF as interesting cultural material.

  20. tish

    That is so awesome! Congratulations

  21. Chelikins

    Omg!! this is soooooooooooooooo cool! I would love to hear what they say or what they write about you. Amazing!

  22. Vampyre

    Howdy ma’am,

    That is so cool. It seems like you’re really heading for the big (Ivy) leagues now.

    Will you publishers add, “As read at Harvard” on the covers?

    I am just so happy for you!

    V^^^^V

  23. Stephanie

    ummm….can I take this class? I already have most of the required reading accomplished. I would love to teach this class, also! If only I didn’t live in the South where the parents of my high school students would freak if I talked about this subject matter with them, let alone ‘gasp’ read a novel about vampires! Can’t wait for Pale Demon by the way.

    • I know what you mean, Stephanie. I’ve had people avoid my signings because they were afraid someone they knew would see them there and tell their boss or their church.

  24. Rebecca

    Congrats on making the list at Harvard! You deserve it! And, though I’m a couple of days late, I’m glad that Michigan weather is treating your pumpkins well. If you’re up here next summer and the conditions are right, you should try watermelon. Apparently this summer’s been great for them. Hope the weather keeps treating you well!

  25. Antonio

    I guess supernatural beings have always been used as representative literary symbols for sex,dominance,power,religion…It’s interesting, just as the setting for your series was relatively unique when you started (Urban Fantasy), so has your take on these recognizable mythos: Your two main vampire characters(Ivy and Kisten) did NOT want to dominate who they loved;your main witch character(Rachel) isn’t actively trying to control her environment, but just survive;and your main were character(David) is maybe the most restrained, botton-down character in the books. I think they made a good choice in adding you to their syllabus.😉 Be Good!

  26. Jennifer Graham

    That is awesome!!! Congrats on the news…best series I’ve ever read ;o)

  27. A.N.

    Hello Ms. Kim!
    Happy, Happy for you. Congratulations!